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The Best Forklifts for Narrow Aisles and Very Narrow Aisles

When it comes to warehouse storage, the more you can fit into your existing space, the better. Modern warehouse designs often feature narrow aisles and very narrow aisles between storage racks to maximize pallet positions. To store more products in a  finite amount of space, companies are discovering that they need to invest in equipment and racking solutions for these narrow aisles and very narrow aisles, often abbreviated as “VNA.”

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Is There Really a Forklift Shortage? How the Manufacturing Supply Chain Crisis Is Affecting Forklift Availability.

It’s been widely reported that the COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges to the supply chain. From toilet paper to computer chips, the delay of acquiring essential products and components has caused headaches for consumers and hindered productivity for many businesses. Few industries were immune to these issues, and although 2020 is in the rearview, there is no doubt that supply chain disruptions are still happening. Ongoing problems refuse to go away, creating complications for companies across the globe.

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Warehouse Automation by the Numbers

Warehouse management continues to shift toward automation to drive efficiency and speed in order to meet rising consumer expectations. As you consider automating areas of your operation, keep in mind this important data. 

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How to Use Section 179 Tax Deductions to Save Money on New and Used Equipment

As we approach the end of 2021, businesses continue adjusting their operations to address changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. For companies experiencing greater customer demand, some need additional equipment to process more orders through their warehouses, distribution centers, or other facilities. Section 179 of the US Tax Code enables businesses to save money by allowing companies to deduct the entire purchase price of qualifying new and used equipment from their taxable profits.

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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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8 Strategies to Keep in Mind When Implementing Planned Maintenance Services

Planned maintenance services are essential programs for maintaining the quality and effectiveness of your equipment. These services not only save you money but assure your equipment is running at peak performance. Being proactive about servicing equipment allows you to maintain high levels of productivity and prevent any serious repairs. However, it is important to be strategic when choosing planned maintenance services to make sure you select the right equipment maintenance plan and maximize the value and return you will get on your investment.

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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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How To Create A Safety Management Plan For Your Warehouse

Warehouse safety should be an essential part of your day-to-day operations, and the best way to ensure that safety remains a focus for all employees is to create a safety management plan. Why is warehouse safety so important? Because it can affect so many aspects of the organization, including productivity and efficiency, as well as employee well-being and morale.

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How to Effectively Supplement your Fleet with Seasonal Forklift Rentals

 

Demand fluctuates in nearly every industry. Warehouse operations will go through cycles of peaks and valleys throughout the year as well. With those fluctuations, two negative effects can happen:

  • In peak times, facilities may not have enough capacity.
  • In less-busy periods, equipment may sit unused for weeks or months.

Each of these issues can affect your overall cost efficiency and bottom line. Seasonal forklift rentals are an ideal way to counteract those negative effects. You also get more control over the equipment you keep on hand and greater flexibility to match resources to volume.

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Ways To Prepare Your Equipment for Winter to Maintain Peak Performance

Your operations do not stop once the weather turns colder. During this time of year, it is important to prepare your forklifts and other material handling equipment to ensure continued reliable performance — despite the frigid environment.

Failing to prepare equipment for winter can lead to increased malfunctions and maintenance requirements, as well as damage to machines and components. In the sections below, you will learn about winter forklift maintenance, why it is important and how to conduct it properly.

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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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Material Handling Equipment Solutions for Small Warehouses

 

Seasonal sales, special promotions and new product introductions become busy periods for smaller warehouses. With arriving shipments, you need to find the right spaces for merchandise that will later be used to fill orders or restock empty shelves. Material handling equipment increases the productivity level for your warehouse workers while enabling them to safely move pallets, crates and boxes.

There are a lot of equipment options specifically designed to fit in small spaces. Whether your warehouse has narrow aisles, limited space or must function within a tight budget, you can utilize a variety of equipment that will best fit for your operations. Learn about the different types of equipment below

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Tips for Organizing Large Warehouses And Warehouse Supplies

Receiving merchandise, storing items on shelves, picking, packaging and shipping deliveries are just a few of the main activities that occur in large warehouses. Workers are constantly on the move trying to keep operations running optimally. Yet warehouse supplies can become lost or misplaced. Damaged goods may end up being shipped by mistake, and disorganization can create an unsafe and inefficient work environment. 

Warehouse management solutions can improve your large operations while minimizing order errors. Here are the top five tips to consider when it comes to organizing your warehouse.

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INFOGRAPHIC | Forklift Safety Tips & Lifting Concerns

A forklift is an essential piece of equipment in any warehouse, distribution center or factory. Without it, it would be nearly impossible to efficiently move heavy objects in these environments. The strength and versatility of lift trucks certainly make life easier for the people who work in most industrial settings. However, the power that forklifts provide must be used with a great deal of responsibility.

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Can Electric Forklifts Operate Safely in the Rain?

We often receive questions about operating an electric forklift in various weather conditions. Because these forklifts rely on complex electrical components, it is important to know when and where you can run your electric forklift.

Three frequently asked questions we receive about using electric forklifts in the rain are:

  1. Are electric forklifts able to operate in the rain?
  2. How waterproof are electric forklifts?
  3. What safety precautions should I take in the rain?
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