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Decision making: Should you buy or lease your forklift

Written by Ian McNaught, 2018-07-19

 

A common question which often pops up when big capital acquisitions are being considered is - 'should we buy or lease?'

If you're looking to bring on new machines on a long-term basis, both options have their advantages, and bring many of the same benefits — but depending on the nature of your company and what your daily challenges are, one solution will likely be more beneficial.

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Guide: The benefits of logistics simulation

Written by Paul Boynton, 2018-07-12

 



Building a solid and efficient materials handling operation doesn't start with buying a truck — instead, the process should always begin with a careful analysis of your needs and current operation, so you can see what is being done right, and what needs to change.

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How to reduce the biggest cost of owning a forklift truck

Written by Jan Callderyd, 2018-07-05


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.

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

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2018-06-28

 

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

Written by Pierre Simonnet, 2018-06-21

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.

Up until the 1990s, material handling purchases were typically made by logistics managers.

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Six ergonomic features you should look for on your next forklift truck

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2018-06-14


It’s possible to spend large amounts of time and money trying to reduce logistics 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.

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

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2018-06-08

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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11 facts about forklift trucks you might not know

Written by Tobias W. Laxa, 2018-05-31

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

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2018-05-24


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, 2018-05-17

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 hBut 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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