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

Warehousing: Doing A Lot More with So Much Less

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Doing more with less space has become more important than ever in the warehousing industry. While manufacturing and distribution centers are on the rise in the United States, companies are uncovering new challenges when it comes to their narrow aisle warehouse spaces. There is a need to fit increasing volumes of products into the same warehouse buildings. How are we supposed to do this? Packing all of your product into smaller spaces usually calls for Narrow Aisles (NA) or Very Narrow Aisles (VNA) solutions. Continue reading

Standing Desks and Stand up Forklifts May Be Better for You but Can Not Be Compared

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stand up versus three wheel narrow aise warehouseStanding desks are all the rage now in today’s workplace. While many people I know with standing desks hardly use them, they’re at least there in case you want to stretch your legs every once in a while and get a good view around the office. And I suppose there are the health benefits of not sitting down throughout an entire work shift.

But choosing between a stand-up rider and sit-down forklift is about more than the potential health benefits. Using the correct piece of equipment can actually have a major impact on the safety of your workplace. This guide will help show you the pros and cons of both types of forklifts and point you in the right direction for your next purchase, lease, or rental decision. Continue reading

4 Things You Need to Know about Electric Forklifts in the Warehouse Now

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toyota four wheel electric forklift in warehouseElectric forklifts can be beneficial in many different work indoor applications (and now even outdoors with Toyota’s 80-Volt Electric Pneumatic Forklift). Using electric forklifts in your warehouse is one of the most common uses of these machines and for good reason. Electric warehouse forklifts can reduce fuel costs and be charged at intervals that can maximize efficiency across shifts. Take a look at some of the following benefits electric forklifts could have in your warehouse space.

The Four Benefits of Electric Forklifts

Electric Warehouse Forklift Benefits: Less Noise

You may not think about it, but having a quieter forklift may impact you or your operator’s ability to operate safely and effectively in certain applications. In smaller, confined spaces, with multiple forklifts running, it could get pretty loud. With electric forklifts, it lowers the noise level, allowing for easier communication, and less fatigue from your operators. Really, the only noise that electric forklifts have is the horn. In certain warehouses, this can make it easier for operators and pedestrians to hear forklift horns, co-workers, or other important workplace sounds.

toyota reach trucks forklift in warehouse aisleElectric Warehouse Forklift Benefits: Lower Emissions

When you are using a gas or LPG burning forklift, you are producing emissions that could be harmful to your associates and products if not properly addressed. Electric forklifts do not generate any CO emissions. This helps keep your employees healthy and lower the impact of emissions in your warehouse.

Certain products can also be harmed by emissions including food items, other perishables, and various consumer products. Toyota electric forklifts come in a wide variety of lifting capacities to fit many different applications. Also, less emissions is great for the environment!

If you are using a gas or LPG forklift in your warehouse instead of electrics, we understand there are many reasons that might have influenced that decision, and Toyota is the U.S. leader in internal combustion forklifts. However, make sure you are using proper ventilation techniques if you’re using one in your warehouse.

Electric Warehouse Forklift Benefits: A Wide Range of Options

Because your warehouse needs to maximize space, it could be hard to fit a full-sized forklift down your narrow aisles. An electric warehouse forklift can help solve that issue. At Toyota, we have many different electric forklifts to fit your needs. Maybe you need to squeeze in those narrow aisles? The 3-wheel electric would be perfect. It has a tighter turn radius than most forklifts, but still has the capacity to lift up to 4,000 lbs. Maybe your warehouse stacks pallets behind each other. This is where reach trucks work great. Being able to place pallets in front of each other makes sure you are maximizing your warehouse space and racking. No matter what type of warehouse blueprint you have, Toyota Material Handling has an electric forklift to fit your needs!

Electric Warehouse Forklift Benefits: Operating Cost

When it comes to the operating cost of forklifts, electric forklifts can usually be lower than that of internal combustion models. While IC models run on gas, electric forklifts run on, well, electricity! You may need to set up a charging station in your warehouse, but the cost of electricity can be significantly lower than that of fuel.

While IC models are still the most popular in the market, electric forklifts are increasing in popularity. So remember, if you are looking to increase productivity and ROI in your warehouse, take a look at all of the different electric forklift options from Toyota.


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Narrow Aisles: Squeezing More out of What You Have

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toyota reach truckThe mantra, “Do more with less,” has never been more evident in the warehousing industry. A strong North American economy and an advantageous tax climate are bringing manufacturing and distribution centers back to the United States. The new challenge deals with infrastructure and supporting manufacturing in a distribution center application.

Have a 100,000-square-foot facility? Good, now stock product at the level of a 150,000-square-foot facility. What you wind up with are Narrow Aisles (NA) and Very Narrow Aisles (VNA), which are a key to maximizing space, but they can also make material handling very challenging.

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By | November 15th, 2017|Categories: Forklift, Racking, Toyota, VNA|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Deciding on Just the Forklift Needed

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forklift salesman or csrOriginally posted at www.logisticsmgmt.com

We’ve all seen the shiny new truck on the job site with an extended cab, leather, DVD player—and a tailgate that looks like a tree fell on it. Just as familiar is the truck whose best years are far behind it, yet it’s hauling a family camper. These are clear examples of the wrong truck for the job, but the match between forklift truck and application is not always quite so obvious. If the loads get lifted and the trucks get loaded, all is well.

But if you look at maintenance, utilization, productivity and total cost of equipment, you get a clearer picture of a forklift truck’s fitness for the task. As equipment sellers, users and service providers collect more data and get better at interpreting it, the art of pairing tool and task is becoming a well-honed science. It’s now possible to accurately predict whether a given lift truck model will under-perform, over-perform or get it just right. Continue reading

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