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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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How warehouse ergonomics and safety can boost your bottom line

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2017-02-06

Keeping warehouse staff happy, satisfied and motivated is a challenge which warehouse managers face every day. A big part of this challenge is safety - protecting staff from injury is one of the most basic requirements, and the industry has improved greatly in this area in the last few decades.

However, staying compliant with the law and keeping drivers happy aren't the only advantages - devoting resources to maintaining a safe and ergonomic warehouse environment can also bring financial benefits.

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IFRS 16 Leases, and what it means for the material handling industry

Written by Ian McNaught, 2017-01-20


On 1 January 2019, IFRS 16 Leases will come into effect, and it's going to have a big impact on the material handling industry. 

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How to choose the perfect forklift truck for your warehouse

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2017-01-05

The range of trucks currently available is huge, and new equipment and innovations are hitting the market all the time.

Even for experienced material handling professionals, weighting up all the advantages and disadvantages of each truck can be difficult. Forklifts that fit in perfectly in one warehouse may be unsuitable for another, and some trucks can be useful in very different stages of the handling process. 

To make things simpler, we've explained it all.

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What should you look for in a forklift spare parts supplier?

Written by Xavier Bernard, 2016-12-19

Even when you’ve done your research, placed your order, and received delivery of your brand new forklift, your business with a supplier hasn’t ended. If you want your forklift to run smoothly and efficiently in future, and with maximum uptime, you’re going to need spare parts.

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How an ergonomic forklift can improve your warehouse operations

Written by Doug Bolton, 2016-12-05

Staying productive, increasing efficiency and keeping the total cost of operations low are always at the front of a warehouse manager's mind, and they need to be taken into account when making decisions.

Getting the right equipment, staff and suppliers can help you achieve your goals, but there's one factor which is just as important - ergonomics.

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7 great reasons why short term forklift hire could help you out

Written by Håkan Ek, 2016-11-18
Even if your warehouse operation is running smoothly and you’re happy with your forklift fleet, there can still be times when you need a little extra help to meet peaks in demand. Short term forklift hire is often used by logistics professionals to make these busy periods easier, but there’s also plenty of great reasons to hire trucks for short periods even at quieter times of the year.
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How UniCarriers helped Ostermann meet its intense stock handling needs

Written by Doug Bolton, 2016-10-18

Rudolf Ostermann GmbH's top-quality service and huge range of stock makes it the only wholesaler a carpenter will ever need. 

The company guarantees its customers that all orders will be processed and shipped by 4PM on the day the order is received, meaning workers at its 14,000m² logistics centre in Bocholt, Germany, need to work fast. To deal with their intense stock handling needs, Ostermann uses a fleet of 33 trucks to pick thousands of orders every day, for shipping to their 30,000 customers.

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Should I rent, buy or lease my next forklift truck?

Written by Doug Bolton, 2016-09-13

Having efficient, reliable and safe vehicles is essential for effective materials handling, and there's a range of different ways to get them. Here, we give you our guidance on that difficult question - should you rent, buy or lease your next forklift truck?

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