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Why Retailers May Need to Prepare for an Early Holiday Shopping Season (And Some Ideas for How to Do It)

The 2019 peak retail season may begin earlier than usual — and that’s important news for retailers, logistics operators, and shippers across the United States. Two unusual market conditions are colliding to create this unique situation: retailers’ perceptions of overly high inventories (leading to less replenishment) and consumer reaction to news of increasing tariffs. If consumers rush to beat price increases, they could end up depleting inventories much faster than usual, and at an earlier date. That, in turn, could lead to low inventories right during the heart of the typical peak shopping season. Admittedly, this is a guess — but business owners in the consumer goods supply chain will be better off preparing for an earlier peak than being… Continue Reading

Managing Forklift Batteries in Food Production Facilities

If you use forklifts in a food production capacity, odds are those trucks are electric. Electric lift trucks run cleaner and don’t release emissions, making them ideal for the super-clean, hazard-sensitive nature of a food production facility. Of course, while electric forklifts won’t leak oil or leave a layer of soot on the machinery, forklift batteries do sometimes leak. Electrolyte… Continue Reading

How BHS Products Comply with the FDA Standards for Food Production

The FDA Food Code provides recommendations to state, local, territorial, and tribal governments on food-safety standards. While it is up to individual governments whether to write the Food Code recommendations into local law, the Food Code does represent a unifying authority on safety in food production, handling, transportation, and service. So when you’re designing material handling equipment for the food… Continue Reading

BHS, Inc. Releases Lead Roller Replacement Kit for MTC* Adjust-A-Rack systems

BHS, Inc., a leading name in battery handling equipment designed for the electric forklift market, now offers a solution for a common industry challenge: broken lead rollers in battery storage stands. The BHS Lead Roller Replacement Kit is a bolt-in assembly including a solid poly roller on a ¾” solid steel shaft. The replacement kit is a simple, durable, and long-term solution to broken lead rollers on competitors’ stands. “Due to the additional force required to move batteries across the broken lead rollers the changeout process slows down and can result in damage to the batteries and equipment,” said Ken Schwyhart of BHS Technical Support. “The Lead Roller Replacement Kit offers not only a repair for the broken roller, but… Continue Reading

Wire and Cable Inventory Management for Cut-to-Length Distributors

There was a time, early in the advent of cut-to-length wire distribution, when you couldn’t enter an electrical warehouse without hearing that familiar call: “How much wire is left on that reel?” Cut-to-length imparts tremendous value to electrical contractors, but it introduces logistical headaches to distributors. Rather than purchase a whole reel, contractors ask only for what they need to… Continue Reading

Optimizing Inventory Levels in Retail: The Role of Material Handling

Matching inventory to demand is always a challenge in retail. Too much, and you hemorrhage money in storage and handling costs. Too little, and you miss out on make-or-break opportunities. The trouble is, an optimal inventory level is always a moving target. As we write this, there seems to be some anxiety regarding retail inventory at the national level. The… Continue Reading

The Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative: What Food Distributors Should Know

When the average American diner sits down to a birthday meal at an expensive restaurant; when schoolchildren pile lunch trays with their favorite sides; when farmers slice open another bag of feed; and when shoppers squeeze the avocados at the neighborhood grocery store, none of them think much about barcodes. Maybe they should. The humble barcode is what logistics experts… Continue Reading