Is Buying a Used Forklift Right for You and Your Application?

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used toyota forklift pneumatic outside aniWhen it comes time to acquire a forklift, there are a few different routes you can go, including leasing, renting, buying new, and buying used. Only you, in consultation with all of the stakeholders in an operation including operators, know which options are best for your particular business. Often, buying a used forklift proves to be a cheaper option that reaps great rewards. But how do you know if you’re buying the right used machine? Here are some helpful hints about what to look for when buying a used forklift.

“As long as it has a fresh paint job and decent tires I’m comfortable that it’s a good used forklift” – No One Ever

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Material Handling in the Automated Warehouse

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autonomous logistic vehicle toyota eu future forklift ai warehouseConceptualizing the future state of material handling is no easy task. After all, how much could you possibly improve the highly automated warehouses of today? The A.I. TeamLogistics Concept from Toyota Material Handling does just that by visualizing how connected vehicles could use advanced technology to deliver a continuous flow and optimized logistics operations.

The concept of automated forklifts performing material handling tasks is not new, but the A.I. TeamLogistics Concept takes it a step further by visualizing how advanced artificial intelligence could optimize warehousing efficiency and productivity. At the core of the vision are four new concept vehicles: Continue reading

Understanding the Economic Life of Your Forklift Truck. Do You?

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Toyota Forklifts are built to be reliable, but the life of all material handling equipment will eventually come to an end. As an operations manager, you’re in control of when to get new machines into your operation. And as an operator, you know when your forklift is breaking down way too often. When bigger issues arise or when several small issues are keeping your forklift out of use, you may be asking yourself “Is it worth the time and money to put into this old machine?” This question means you’re considering the economic life of your forklift. Every forklift has two lives, its useful life, and its economic life. Useful life is pretty simple. If your forklift cannot be repaired and is no longer used productively, then it has seen the end of its useful life. Economic life is more complicated and requires more planning for both use and material procurement. This information can help you decide if your forklift’s economic life is coming to an end. Continue reading

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Durability, Efficiency, Forklift, Toyota|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Your New Forklift and The Toyota 360 Support Promise

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toyota forklift 360 support trio forkliftThe excitement surrounding the acquisition of a new forklift for your operation is something to be celebrated. We at Toyota are equally excited to help you achieve your goals, and that’s why we work hard to manufacture industry-leading forklifts with legendary reliability. But we also recognize that your forklift success is about more than just the occasional acquisition of a new forklift. Instead, you have unique needs, success measurements, and pain points that need to be addressed throughout the entirety of your forklift’s lifetime.

The Toyota 360 Support promise isn’t just an aftermarket tool for purchase. It’s our promise to integrate with your problems and to help you find material handling solutions wherever possible. When you invest in a comprehensive aftermarket services program with Toyota 360 Support, make sure you’re taking full advantage of that promise and challenge us to fulfill it. You can bet we’re up the task. Continue reading

Forklift Procurement: The Shift from Purchasing to Leasing

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toyota forklift lease leasingThe procurement of material handling equipment is a key decision made by operations managers and procurement managers as they work toward the success of their businesses. There is quite a bit to consider, including what forklift to acquire based on specific needs in your facility, the manufacturer that can provide you the best product and service, and, of significant importance, how the equipment acquirement fits into your budget.

Though there are several factors that can influence the decision of how to acquire forklifts, procurement managers often discover that leasing their material handling equipment provides a better ROI than purchasing via cash. If you are a traditional cash customer who has just arrived at the decision to lease during your next equipment procurement cycle, you can expect some changes, many of which will end up positively affecting your business. Here is some insight into what you can expect when transitioning to forklift leasing:

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By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Business Insight, Forklift, Sales, Toyota|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Warehouse Receiving: Where Danger Lurks

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Warehouse receiving areas are some of the busiest places in a supply chain. Because of the variables involved with receiving such as unknown personnel (truck drivers) in your warehouse, the irregularity of goods received, and changing storage needs after the product is received, this area in any operation can be very difficult to standardize. Amidst the controlled chaos of a receiving area, open dock doors that are not actively being used to unload a truck pose particular hazards for forklift operators and pedestrians. A lack of awareness of open dock doors can lead to dangerous situations that were more than likely preventable. Remembering a few important points about dock door safety might help increase safety while also maintaining as much efficiency as possible. Continue reading

Customer Centric: Wanting What Your Customer Wants

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extrodinary customer service collageA customer-centric business is much more than a marketing concept or idea. Implementing one means challenging your business to move toward a mindset where everyone in the organization is focused primarily on the customer. It means ensuring your associates understand the value of each and every customer and their role in delivering the best customer experience possible.

I think we would all agree that customers are vital to our organizations. But what stops companies from working toward a customer-centric business model? I don’t think any company would say they are not interested in customer satisfaction. Satisfied customers are critical to business success because when they are unsatisfied, they go elsewhere. Continue reading

By | August 28th, 2019|Categories: Business Insight, Sales, Toyota|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Toyota Lean Management and the Role of 5S

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Woven within the culture at Toyota Forklift is a passion for daily improvement. Although our systems and daily lives may work sufficiently, we are always looking for ways to enhance safety and increase efficiency and productivity. One way all of our associates stay accountable for these values is through the Toyota Lean Management operational processes, including “5S”.

The process of 5S was coined and made popular by Toyota. It is based on 5 principles starting with the letter “S”. In Japanese, Seiri (Sort), Seiton (Systematize), Seiso (Shine), Seiketsu (Standardize), and Shitsuke (Sustain). The implementation of 5S is one reason that Toyota Industrial Equipment continues to be one of North America’s most highly efficient manufacturing facilities. The principles of 5S can be applied to any business setting, manufacturing/factory setting, or even in your personal life to help organize your home and practices. You can watch the video below and use the reference paragraphs to help you understand how 5S can help you become a more effective organizer of materials as well as a safer, more productive company or individual. Continue reading

By | July 31st, 2019|Categories: Forklift, Toyota|Tags: , , |6 Comments

3 Forklift Areas of Support From Your Own Toyota Dealer

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toyota forklift dealership brooklyn park mnToyota Material Handling has one of the largest dealer networks of any material handling supplier, with 66 dealerships in over 230 locations. Chances are, there is a Toyota Dealer near you, and they are a great asset to any company with forklift equipment. In fact, it’s part of the Toyota 360 Support promise that we offer customers full support during the buying and ownership process. There are many different things that Toyota dealers can help your company with. Here are just a few services that are offered across the Toyota Dealer Network. Continue reading

Say Good-Bye to the Baby Boomers and Their Old Ways of Forklift Parts Procurement

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Did you know: 10,000 baby boomers will retire today – and every day – for the next 10 years?

The management and decision-making roles they leave vacant will be filled with the largest group in the U.S. workforce – millennials. Millennials have spent the better part of their lives online, connecting with friends on social media, conducting research with a simple Google search, and shopping for anything they desire – all from the comfort of their own homes. To stay relevant to this new generation of consumers, companies must be willing to adapt to the rapidly changing customer expectations.

One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Grace Hopper:

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