What is a Site Survey, and What Can a Warehouse Consultant Tell You about Your Operations?

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toyota reach trucks forklift in warehouse aisleA wide array of companies big and small across multiple sectors use a warehouse consultant to support them on projects. The scope of projects range from inventory optimization to full warehouse layout design and warehouse process optimization.

Warehouse consultants normally become engaged on a project when the existing warehouse operation presents a problem for the core business.

What is a Site Survey?

A site survey is when a trained warehouse consultant visits a work space to help maximize the business’ work place through racking, equipment, and a multitude of other factors. Their job is to help a business work as efficiently as possible and utilize all the space a company owns. But why should you think about getting one? Below are a few reasons. Continue reading

By | August 26th, 2020|Categories: Efficiency, Forklift, Racking, Toyota, Warehouse|0 Comments

The Forklift Dealer: What They Can Do to Help Your Business Grow

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atlas toyota forklift dealerForklift manufacturers rely on the forklift dealer to represent their interests. As you might expect, the dealers’ “bread and butter” is equipment sales, leasing, rental, and maintenance. But the forklift dealer today is no longer simply a provider of equipment—far from it, in fact.

Productivity is a crucial aspect of every operation. Even for low throughput applications, there’s value in being able to complete a task safer, quicker, and more efficiently. As our good pal, Benjamin Franklin once put it, “time is money”. And all our time is valuable, right? Continue reading

By | August 12th, 2020|Categories: Business Insight, Efficiency, Forklift, Toyota|0 Comments

Lithium-Ion Forklift Battery Solution for Operational Efficiency

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Lithium-Ion forklift batteries save time, money, and the environment. When compared to traditional lead-acid technology, lithium batteries charge faster, last longer, and power doesn’t dissipate when being used. With batteries charging faster and lasting longer, there’s less downtime. Similarly, batteries don’t need to be swapped, watered, or equalized saving a bunch of time, money, and warehouse space.

Power solutions will deliver the next generation of forklift efficiency. Toyota is dedicated to staying ahead of the curve in power technology innovations – testing new power sources and energy integrations that will continue to maximize the value of all Toyota Forklifts. Continue reading

By | July 15th, 2020|Categories: Efficiency, Forklift, Industrial Battery, Toyota|0 Comments

A Farm Forklift May Be Crucial to Your Business. Learn Why!

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farm forkliftAlthough generally used in warehouses and production facilities, farm forklifts are also common. If you own a farm, here are some interesting facts and substantive reasons why you need to consider buying a forklift:

Feeding the world is no small feat for today’s farmers. In order to maintain their place in the food supply chain facing the same increased demands for speed and efficiency as other industries, they need cutting edge technology, efficient processes, and innovative equipment that can keep up with their fast-paced environment. When you think of the equipment a farmer might need you may think of a planter and a combine, but do you think of a farm forklift? The need for this tough, reliable piece of equipment has gained popularity in the agriculture industry not only for its durability but also for its versatility. Continue reading

By | July 8th, 2020|Categories: Efficiency, Forklift, Safety, Toyota, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Forklift Maintenance Agreements: An Impactful Tool In Your Productivity Arsenal

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forklift techniciansScheduled by the week or by equipment hours, forklift maintenance agreements are based on a forklift’s application. Not sure which to schedule, our service technicians, or your areas customer service representative [CSR] can work with you to determine the best option.

Equipment downtime is your operation’s worst enemy. Just like a car or house, a forklift requires maintenance and repairs after you purchase it. Taking a reactive approach to maintaining your forklifts can be accompanied by uncertainty and unexpected periods where forklifts are out of service. This can interrupt work flows that need to run smoothly for your business to succeed. Continue reading

By | July 1st, 2020|Categories: Durability, Efficiency, Forklift, Safety, Service, Toyota, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Toyota Forklift’s ASEC Certification Program Customer Pledge

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toyota asec parts service collageThe ASEC certification program is a process to help dealers focus on improved safety, productivity and customer satisfaction. The ASEC certification is a process to help dealers focus on improved safety, productivity and customer satisfaction. Alright, that sounds good but what does it bring to you the customer?

When even one piece of equipment is down, it can slow your entire operation. You need to be back up and running as quickly as possible, ensuring you meet all of your deadlines. That’s why efficient and effective aftermarket services from your dealer is essential to your success.

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By | May 6th, 2020|Categories: Business Insight, Efficiency, Forklift, Toyota|0 Comments

Why on Earth Are Warehouses Working so Hard to Go Dark?

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dark warehouseOnce upon a time, warehouses were staffed with people. Now though, they are increasingly run via automation and robotics. This is what a dark warehouse is. It’s not so much that the warehouse doesn’t need lights. Of course it doesn’t; unlike humans, robots don’t need light to be able to operate. But it’s more that “dark” means an absence of human input. They are termed dark warehouses because they theoretically could operate in the dark. – Claire Kerr

Ecommerce is forever changing the way customers shop and the way businesses operate. More and more customers are shopping online and having orders shipped to a nearby store or more likely shipped directly to their homes. More importantly customers are expecting it to arrive quicker than ever before. This expectation of 2-day delivery is putting stress on businesses today and will continue to pressure businesses into changing the way they operate. Queue dark warehousing. Dark warehousing is a concept that is becoming more and more popular, although it comes at a price. What is a Dark Warehouse? Continue reading

By | April 1st, 2020|Categories: Efficiency, Toyota, Warehouse|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Planned Maintenance: Invest in Your New Forklifts

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When you purchase a planned maintenance plan, you’ll pay a monthly fee to have your forklift serviced at every planned maintenance interval. Replacement parts and additional fixes are not included. … The first cost reduction you’ll see with a maintenance plan will be in downtime.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have even one thing about your job made easy? One area where …

  • You rarely (if ever) encounter unexpected downtime due to a repair emergency.
  • You have the luxury of being able to plan “workarounds” ahead of time because you know well in advance what’s happening and when.
  • You have peace of mind that, should you need a last-minute repair, a dedicated partner will have your back and keep your business moving.

Investing in a maintenance plan can make this dream-like scenario a reality for you in your operation’s equipment maintenance and repairs.

Too often, forklift manufacturers are unable or unwilling to provide the type of care and maintenance that can make fleet management easy. With Toyota, we’re dedicated to being your full-life material handling partner – long after the sale of a new forklift. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering a maintenance plan, like Toyota 360 Support Plus.

What is Planned Maintenance — and How Can It Help You?

A maintenance plan is exactly what it sounds like: a way for you to plan any necessary, routine maintenance when it’s convenient to you and your business.

This affords you the opportunity to run the show on your own timetable — orchestrating maintenance on a tailor-made schedule so you can optimize workload and keep things moving. As an added bonus, having your forklifts regularly serviced also extends the longevity of your equipment and makes the need for unexpected emergency repairs far less likely.

Best of all? Agreeing to a maintenance plan up front can often SAVE you money on the cost of maintenance and repairs you would need to have done anyway — not to mention the cost of downtime you might encounter with a more “reactive” approach to maintenance.

Toyota: Toyota 360 Support Plus and Your PM Program

To us, Toyota 360 Support Plus is more than a maintenance plan. It’s our promise to provide you added peace of mind that your forklifts will maintain the operational efficiency you need to keep a competitive edge.

This means a whole year of planned maintenance. Skilled Toyota Certified Technicians. Toyota Genuine Parts that keep your Toyota running like a Toyota. Four-hour guaranteed response times. An Extra Care Warranty. Optional T-Matics support. All from a full-support forklift supplier with a name you can trust.

Check out our Toyota 360 Support Plus pricing or speak to your local Toyota Forklift dealer for additional information about this industry-leading planned maintenance option.

We would enjoy hearing from you. Post your ideas or comments below, let’s start a dialog.

The original article was published by Toyota Material Handling U.S.A.

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We would welcome the opportunity to cover your material handling questions or concerns. Toyota Lift of Minnesota works very hard to be your partner and material handling, consultant.

Do You Think You Know the Objectives of the Toyota Production System?

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You’ve probably heard of the Toyota Production System, maybe in a college course you took or while working in the manufacturing or material handling industry.

It’s a tried and true process developed from the philosophy of just-in-time production, an approach solidified by Toyota’s early founders. The Toyota Production System (often referred to as “TPS”) has benefited more than just Toyota’s automobile or material handling manufacturing facilities. TPS has found its way to hospitals to make healthcare safer and more efficient and to manufacturers of products outside of heavy machinery. TPS is world-renowned, and you may wonder how TPS can benefit your own facility.

The success of the Toyota Production System could not be achieved without one of its ultimate objectives: the total elimination of waste. Continue reading

Pump Up Your Efficiencies With An Integrated Fork Scale’s Abilities

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toyota pallet jack with scaleRather than making a stop, unloading, checking a weight, reloading, and getting back on course, the integrated fork scale on your electric walkie streamlines the process and lets you deliver a pallet to its endpoint immediately.

Devising ways to control inventory in a fast-paced warehouse can be a daunting task. Taking into account the velocity of goods, demand for throughput, storage facilities, storage space, and various technological management systems can be overwhelming.

There are myriad of ways to sift through the task of managing inventory. We even published a piece recently that offers several inventory management techniques that you might explore. But when it comes to keeping track of inventory, the workflows are so various and operation-specific that it can be difficult to make broad and sweeping recommendations. Rather than try, I hope to be able to provide one consideration that might help some inventory and warehouse managers eliminate a few steps in their process and streamline material movement – using an electric pallet jack with an integrated fork scale in order to count and manage inventory Continue reading

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