For nearly a century, United States Cold Storage (USCS) has been making a name for itself in the frozen and refrigerated storage industry. Now with 42 facilities across 13 states and more than 4,500 employees, USCS provides frozen and refrigerated storage, transportation and logistics services to some of the largest American and international food producers. In its busy 498,000 square foot frozen storage warehouse in Bethlehem, PA., the company employs 140 forklift operators working three shifts every day of the week in temperatures ranging from negative five to 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
Every semester, millions of college students nationwide look to gain valuable work experience through a co-op assignment with a nearby company. Most seek out positions that align with their major, hoping to get a jump on their peers when it comes time to search for a job post-graduation. Unfortunately, many find out that they’re looked upon as the eager student who will go on coffee runs, file papers or complete minor tasks that no full time employee wants to do. Perhaps the company benefits but what value does the student receive? read more »»
Warehouse operators are understandably cautious about adopting new technology. Move too fast and they risk investing in technology that never delivers on its promise. Plus, many have experienced technology implementations that disrupt warehouse operations or face internal resistance that undermines their value. In short, the risks too often are perceived to outweigh the benefits.
There is no single, effective solution when it comes to eliminating forklift accidents. The best solution is a combination of a variety of approaches that collectively define expectation, reinforce safe behaviors and monitor activities to measure the effectiveness of the program. There are a number of considerations to consider when developing your forklift safety plan. read more »»
Many material handling organizations are using technology, including forklift-based features, to improve warehouse productivity and efficiency. For instance, leveraging data from the forklift is one way companies can realize measurable improvements in warehouse management.
The supply chain and warehouse are overflowing with data; not all of it on product movement. Warehouse and forklift connectivity is generating data on worker performance, forklift utilization and the health and status of equipment. Companies are investing to collect and analyze data to increase productivity, lower costs and enhance safety.
The financial appeal of adding used lift trucks to your fleet is obvious, but what about the potential risks? Unknown service histories and superficial restorations can easily turn into downtime and workflow interruptions, which can quickly eliminate what appeared to be initial savings. But not with Crown Encore electric lift trucks. read more »»
DHL is one of the world’s largest express logistics companies, providing solutions to over 220 countries. In the United States, DHL has four business units; Supply Chain, DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding and E-Commerce. Within the Supply Chain business unit, the company operates a fleet of more than 7,000 forklifts across multiple locations, recording the fleet’s operating expenses in more than 500 cost centers.