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The headache-free way to handle long and bulky goods in your warehouse

Written by Doug Bolton, 2017-08-22

In an ideal world, all unit loads would held on standard pallets, in uniform weights and sizes, allowing for easy handling with all kinds of forklift. Unfortunately, that's not the real world - and in many warehouses, standard pallets are the exception.

Many types of goods - for example, pipes, construction materials or metal sheeting - are often quite long, and impossible to fit neatly onto a 1,200 by 800mm pallet. These loads can be difficult to get down warehouse aisles, even if they aren't particularly narrow.

Cantilever racking, as shown in the illustration above, solves the storage problem - this kind of racking is open-fronted, meaning there are no vertical bars to block the placement or removal of long goods.

But when you need to move these goods down an aisle, how do you get around the space problem? The simplest and most versatile solution is - with a multi-directional truck.

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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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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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