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Preparing Docks for the Spring and Summer Seasons: What to Expect

The summer is nearly here, and now’s a good time to start preparing docks and bays at busy distribution centers for the seasonal changes. In particular, warehouse operators should get ready for two trends that are right around the corner: Summer heat — especially at the docks — and a possible uptick in carrier traffic. Consider how freight has been moving in spring and early summer over the past few years: Statistics bear out what you may have seen at warehouse docks in recent years: shipments rising as we move from spring into summer. The trends of the past few seasons could give us some clues about what to expect this year. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Transportation…more

Retaining Warehouse Staff with Ergonomic Equipment

Hiring and retaining warehouse staff could be the next big challenge facing the logistics industry as a whole. And while you might have read a lot about the ongoing scarcity of truck drivers, the entire supply chain, from start to finish, is starting to compete for the best workers to stay ahead of the curve. These new conditions could hit unprepared warehousing operations hard. Consider the following points: In 2017, the unemployment rate in the U.S. dipped below the long-term natural rate of unemployment — the point at which the demand for jobs is at parity with the number of qualified job-seekers. Dipping below that number is a pretty clear sign of impending labor shortages. By the end of last…more

The Electronic Logging Device Rule and Faster Truck Turn Times at Docks

Pretty soon, the federal Electronic Logging Device rule that (mostly) went into effect on December 18 of last year will unleash full penalties for violations. As you’ll recall, late last year, truck drivers protested the oncoming mandate, which requires drivers to track all hours in the truck through electronic logging devices. Officials with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hope this will reduce issues surrounding driver fatigue and scheduling. President Trump responded to the outcry by slowing down implementation. At least through March, drivers who are caught without e-logging devices may receive a citation, but these won’t count toward the firm’s safety record, and drivers will be allowed to keep moving along their routes. However, and this is the important…more

Electric Forklift Fleet Costs Over Time

If this is the year you switch to an electric forklift fleet, costs are bound to be a major topic of conversation in your office. The expense of a capital investment like a forklift fleet can’t be limited to the purchase price alone, of course. You need to consider the future costs, as well, and those can be hard to foresee. When you’re planning an investment in electric forklifts, then, be sure to include the following factors into your calculation to ensure the best return on investment throughout the entire working life of your trucks: The sticker price of each lift truck. This is where you might start, but it’s far from the whole picture. In fact, trade journal Inbound…more

Lift Tables vs. Tilt Tables: Ergonomics for Various Applications

Lift Tables vs. Tilt Tables: Which is right for your application? Both improve the fit between workers and the tasks they must complete, which is the core of ergonomics. By adjusting loads to a more agreeable height or angle, these positioning tools reduce injuries, conserve human energy, and increase productivity. These adjustments can have tremendously positive effects on worker health and overall productivity. But which equipment should employers choose? Let’s take a look at some applications where lift tables and tilt tables can help out. Lift Tables raise or lower loads to a comfortable height vertically, without bringing them closer to or further away from the user (unless, of course, users implement rotating tabletops). Applications for this technology are wide…more

Forklift Work Platforms for Safely Performing Overhead Tasks

Without Forklift Work Platforms, performing overhead tasks in warehouses is dangerous business. A cursory glance at a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fact sheet is enough to make a warehouse manager wonder, “What can I do to protect my workers?” That’s where heavy-duty safety equipment like Forklift Work Platforms come in. These dedicated personnel-lifting devices can make overhead tasks, like taking inventory, shifting products on high warehouse shelves, or even changing light bulbs safer and quicker than ever before. A macro- and micro-level look at the situation shows the danger that workers encounter when confronted with overhead tasks. Let’s take a look at the big picture first. The BLS reports that slips, trips, and falls are the second-most common cause…more

Park & Charge Technology for Electric Forklifts: Required Support Equipment

There is a lively debate between proponents of conventional forklift battery charging and those of fast charging, or park & charge, technology. As with any competing technology, there’s no easy answer about which system is superior. Different fleets have different needs, and that means either type of technology could be a better fit. That said, here are some of the advantages that some users derive from park & charge systems, along with some of the extra gear operators will need to keep these systems more efficient and durable. One of the most attractive benefits of park & charge technology is its simplicity. Fast charging systems rely on charging forklift batteries during periods of downtime, such as lunch hours or other…more

Choosing Between Mobile Battery Extractors, Automatic Transfer Carriages, Walkie Transfer Carriages, and Battery Transfer Carriages

Electric forklifts with side-access battery compartments offer the possibility for quick, safe change-outs with every shift — but you can only take advantage of this system with the right battery handling equipment. Choosing the ideal machine to safely extract and replace forklift batteries depends on the needs of your specific application, but how do you pick between similar types of battery extractors? For instance, if you’re looking for a single battery changing device for a smaller fleet — or a battery carriage that can function as a backup or portable battery handling in a large facility that already uses a dedicated Operator Aboard Battery Extractor System — take a look at four classes of BHS equipment in particular: the Automatic…more

BHS Mobile Showrooms Bring Warehouse and Battery Handling Equipment to You

Business owners know that their warehouses can only succeed with the right material handling and battery changing equipment, and they’ll definitely want firsthand experience with any potential investment before signing the deal. But what can these valued customers do when dealers don’t have a full line of products on hand in the immediate area? Thanks to BHS Mobile Showrooms, the answer is simple. All facility managers or dealers need to do is visit this page to schedule a visit from one or both of BHS, Inc.’s touring equipment trucks. This leading manufacturer of material handling products will send a complete collection of forklift battery handling or warehouse equipment, bringing the showroom floor directly to a customer’s facility or the dealer’s…more

Safety Requirements for the Forklift Battery Room: Back to Basics

There are two very important reasons to maintain a safe battery room — to protect employees and to comply with federal and local regulations. Heavy-duty, ergonomic battery-changing equipment with abundant safety features helps every operation using electric forklifts to accomplish both these goals at the same time. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gives both general and specific guidance to battery room operators. The General Duty Clause of the OSH Act is the umbrella law that requires employers to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” That description is crucial but vague, so let’s look…more