Industry Knowledge Base
For warehouses, labor constraints remain a major concern. In 2021, annual warehouse turnover rates reached 49%, and they didn’t improve much in 2022.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is undertaking a proposed rulemaking process that may lead to new standards for workplace heat stress.
Operating forklifts — or even working around them — can be dangerous. In 2021, 70 workers lost their lives in forklift accidents. The previous year, more than 7,000 people were injured. According to the National Safety Council, more than half of these forklift injuries were the result of “transportation incidents.”
Federal policy calls for electric vehicles (EVs) to take over half the market for new car sales by 2030. To reach that goal, however, we’ll need a lot more EV charging stations — and your company can be part of the transformation. Now is the perfect time to get involved, with $7.5 billion in federal funding earmarked for EV charging infrastructure.
Custom industrial equipment can optimize space, improve throughput, and save money — but to enjoy the benefits, you’ll need to work with an experienced partner that understands how your facility works.
When material handling professionals need new equipment, it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees. Challenges tend to show up in specific ways, which encourages us to reach for specific solutions: A new Conveyor here, a replacement Lift Table there.
These days, many types of organizations may invest in electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Utility companies operate public EV charging stations. Fleet owners may install a whole system to keep their EVs ready to roll. But increasingly, owners of commercial properties — and the businesses they rent to — are installing EV charging stations, too.
When you mix forklift traffic with unguarded, elevated surfaces, you face a serious risk of injury or worse. You can’t operate a busy loading dock without forklifts, but you can design docks to reduce the risk for forklift operators — and the industry could always improve its safety record.
What’s the biggest expense at your warehouse or distribution center? If your operation is like most, the answer’s probably order picking: Research suggests that order picking makes up between 50 and 75 percent of warehouse operating costs. If you want to build a more efficient operation, then, look for ways to improve order picking productivity.
If the nations of the world keep their current transportation and energy policies, the global fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) will grow to 145 million units by the end of the decade. If many governments adopt certain sustainability initiatives, the fleet could grow to 230 million vehicles by 2030. That will be around 12 percent of all vehicles, everywhere.