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Top Reasons to Lease Material Handling and Warehouse Equipment

While many businesses choose to purchase equipment outright, leasing may be a better choice for some companies because it frees up substantial capital that can be invested in other ways. When you are leasing forklifts and other equipment, additional funds may be available to expand your business or make building improvements. 

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5 Tips for Buying Used Lift Equipment

Companies purchase used lift equipment for a number of reasons. Newer companies with limited cash on hand may prefer the lower up-front costs of used equipment. Companies with cyclical handling needs, or with unexpected spikes in production, also may find used equipment useful as a stopgap measure. And in other cases, the features of a brand-new piece of equipment may not be desired or required for the application at hand.

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Signs That It's Time To Consider Replacing Your Material Handling Equipment

The best time to replace material handling equipment is not always obvious. If you replace equipment too soon, you may not be getting the full return on your investment. Replace it too late, however, and you may encounter production and capacity issues in addition to unscheduled and unexpected financial costs. Not to worry. We will explain the key factors to keep in mind to help you know when to buy a new forklift or other piece of material handling equipment.

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5 Warehouse Optimization Challenges and How to Combat Them

An optimized warehouse is an efficient warehouse: one which maximizes the value and utility of every resource it uses and every process it undertakes. Warehouse optimization requires effort and investments to identify and implement the most efficient mix of people, systems and equipment. It is also critical to establish the right processes, so you can take full advantage of your most finite resource — time.

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Using High-Capacity Forklifts And Heavy-Duty Equipment

High-capacity forklifts and heavy-duty equipment serve as the pulse of many manufacturing plants and other major industrial facilities. They enable workers to transfer large parts, products and components from one place to another efficiently and effectively. However, along with the benefits of this equipment come certain challenges for proper operation and usage. Learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes involved with high-capacity forklifts and heavy-duty equipment.

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5 Keys to Effective Fleet Management

When it comes to optimizing your material handling equipment fleet, visibility and planning are key. You would not operate a lift truck with obstructions blocking your view. So why do many operations managers approach fleet management and cost-projections without reviewing critical information?

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Benefits of the latest safety features in new material handling equipment

Accidents involving forklifts and other material handling equipment are common and can cause significant injuries to both operators and workers. In addition to the detrimental physical impact, the costs associated with any accident can be astronomical.

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How to Safely Operate a Manual Pallet Jack

Manual pallet jacks, used to lift and move pallets and other loads, are a great alternative to forklifts. They are smaller, require less upkeep plus operators are not required to be OSHA certified to use one. Although you may not need an official certification, it is important that everyone who uses a pallet jack is familiar with the safest ways to operate the equipment.

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5 Signs of a Great Material Handling Partner

We spend a lot of time interacting with our customers during sales and service calls. What we have learned consistently is that customers value a quality business relationship. They want a material handling partner that is reliable, trustworthy, professional, knowledgeable and able to meet all their needs—from service and parts to rentals and training. 

Here are the five most important attributes of a great material handling partner:

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Material Handling Trends to Watch in 2018



The material handling industry is undergoing rapid growth. The industry was valued at $35.3 billion in 2014. According to a Persistence Market Research report, it is expected to reach $55.9 billion by the end of 2021. One of the best ways to take advantage of this growth is by adapting to market trends. 

Here are some material handling trends to watch in 2018:

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