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The benefits and drawbacks of mobile racking

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-04-18

When it comes to making efficient use of space in your warehouse, mobile racking is one of the leading options. With this storage system, the racking itself stands on motor-driven wheels which move in rails built into the floor.

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First visit fix rate: What is it, and how does it affect you?

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-04-11

All trucks require maintenance sometimes, especially in high-intensity materials handling operations. The important thing is how quickly you can get the truck back in operation afterwards. This is where your service supplier's first visit fix rate becomes important.

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6 things people say about forklift training (and why they’re wrong)

Written by Lennart Lövdahl, 2019-03-28

Proper forklift training can achieve things that every warehouse manager wants – increased safety, better employee satisfaction and retention, and heightened productivity, amongst many other things. However, good training comes at a price, and involves taking time out of the working day, so there’s often people in an organization who refuse to prioritise it.

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Warehouse planning: How it worked for Britvic

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-03-22

When planning a new warehouse, there's a huge amount of different factors that have to be considered - the type of items being stored, the available floor space and height in the building itself, and the correct storage system that will both maximise the use of the space available but also make it easy to access pallets.

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Brexit: Short term solutions for your contingency plan

Written by Andrew Murray, 2019-03-15

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm UK time on Friday, 29 March 2019, although if all 28 EU members agree it can be postponed.  As a business, do you want to postpone your materials handling operation?  

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Warehouse flooring: What standard do you need?

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-03-07

The warehouse floor certainly isn't the most exciting part of a materials handling operation, but it's the part on which everything else is built — and flooring-related problems can be a big safety hazard

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Forklift leasing: How it can give you access to the latest technology

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-02-28

With proper service and maintenance, a high-quality forklift truck can put in years of service, even in a busy materials handling operation. And depending on the unique requirements of your operation, an older used machine could potentially do the job just as well as a brand new truck.

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Soft costs: What they are, and why you should focus on them

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-02-21

When the time to purchase new forklifts comes, the focus is always on costs. This makes sense — no-one in business would want to spend money unnecessarily, and if a machine can do the job, then the lower the cost, the better.

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Trucks for placing and removing pallets: Which is best for your warehouse?

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-02-14

An operation like loading and unloading goods can be made much more efficient in various ways, like by using loading bays, or stand-on pallet trucks instead of pedestrian versions. Order picking, a repetive and expensive logistics process, offers even more possibilities for optimisation. But for the third main part of materials handling - the intake and retrieval of entire unit loads within the warehouse - what can you do increase efficiency and productivity?

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IFRS 16 Leases is here: This is how to adapt to change

Written by Ian McNaught, 2019-02-07

So, it's finally here - on 1st January, IFRS 16 Leases came into effect in Europe and beyond. However, in the materials handling industry, where forklift leasing is common, there's still some uncertainty about what the new regulations mean, and how financial reporting will change.

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