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The biggest cost of owning a forklift truck - and how you can reduce it

Written by Doug Bolton, 2017-08-07

Owning and operating a forklift truck naturally involves many different costs. There's naturally the upfront cost of the machine itself, or regular payments if it's financed, as well as costs for routine or avoidable service and maintenance, and downtime.

Over the course of its life, the total cost of operation for a forklift truck can be much more than the figure on its price tag.

But by far the biggest cost related to forklift operation isn't actually to do with the truck itself, and it's one you can significantly reduce with some smart decisions - it's the driver. 

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Insight: Why we all have to take a new road with material handling purchase processes

Written by Pierre Simonnet, 2017-07-17

In this post, Pierre Simonnet, UniCarriers Europe’s International Key Account Sales Manager, explains how the material handling purchasing process has changed in the last couple of decades – and how the modern industry can return to a more flexible system, which benefits both supplier and customer.

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Picking store productivity: Getting it right (and saving money) in your warehouse

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2017-07-03

As anyone who's been responsible for costs in a warehouse knows, order picking is often the most expensive warehouse operation.

Loading and unloading naturally has associated costs, and stacking can be expensive - but neither come close to the cost of order picking.

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The warehouse building: Five areas where you can make improvements

Written by Doug Bolton, 2017-06-05

As we know, one small part of a logistics operation can have knock-on effects in other areas - and by improving and optimising these areas, you can increase productivity and efficiency with relatively little effort.

We all know that making the right choice of truck is important here - for example, a particularly ergonomic truck can allow a driver to be more productive and safe than a more basic model. However, the design and construction of the warehouse building itself can bring similar benefits.

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Loading and unloading goods: How to get it right in your warehouse

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2017-05-22

Moving goods around inside your warehouse and storing them in a rational way is a major challenge - but the process of actually getting the goods inside in the first place is also filled with potential problems. High costs, queueing and inefficiency can all arise when you're not unloading optimally. That's why making the process as smooth and quick as possible can have a positive 'knock-on' effect on the rest of your operation.

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How to know when to retire or replace your forklift truck

Written by Håkan Ek, 2017-05-04

No matter the quality of your forklift truck, after a few years of service in a busy and fast-moving warehouse, it’s not going to have quite the same performance as it did when it was brand new.

Productivity and efficiency in the warehouse can really suffer once a forklift becomes too unreliable, and the time will always come when you need to replace it. But how do you know how long a forklift should last? And are there any alternatives to replacement? The diagram above should give a clear description of what your options are, and when you should consider them.

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Giveaway: Keep forklift safety basics on your mind with our free poster

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2017-04-20


Forklift safety is vital in the modern warehouse. If you want to keep efficiency high and staff happy, making sure that forklift drivers know the rules is essential. Paying attention to the regulations also reduces the risk of breaking the law, too.

Accidents can harm your bottom line and damage your company's reputation - so keeping the best practice at the top of your mind is important.

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Guide: The best warehouse storage solutions for your operation

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2017-03-28

Double-deep storage, drive-in racking, narrow aisles - the list of warehouse storage options is extensive, and continues to grow as the demands on the material handling and logistics industries grow and change. 

Each system has its benefits and drawbacks, and certain methods of storage are more suited to some operations than others. There's a wealth of detailed information out there about the best warehouse racking and different storage systems, but to make things easier, we've collected the basics in a simple PDF guide.

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The top 6 ergonomic and safety features you should consider for your forklift truck

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2017-03-14

 

It’s possible to spend large amounts of time and money trying to reduce costs by making small changes around the warehouse - but when it comes to the total cost of owning your truck over its lifetime, the driver is often the biggest factor, and can sometimes make up 70% of the total cost.

That’s why it can be a good idea to focus on the driver if you’re trying to save money. Fortunately, there’s a range of optional features and add-ons for your forklift truck which can help make drivers more productive, more efficient, and safer when they’re on the job. And as we all know, warehouse ergonomics and forklift safety doesn’t just benefit your drivers - it boosts your bottom line, too.

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Warehouse storage systems: Three important things to remember

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2017-03-01

The range of warehouse storage options available today is extensive, and the best choice of storage system for different kinds of items can depend on a large number of different factors.

For those without first-hand experience and knowledge of warehouse operations, these factors can be hard to understand. But there are at least three main things govern the choice of storage systems used in a warehouse.

In this post, we’ll try to simply explain the basics of what goes in to this decision-making process. To begin with, let’s look at one of the most important factors.

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