Great Lakes Foods is a wholesale grocery distributor serving Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Its 300,000 square foot warehouse delivers dry, refrigerated and frozen goods to up to 70 grocery stores daily. It uses lift trucks in every phase of its operations, including PE Series double and single pallet trucks and RR Series reach trucks in its warehouse, as well as WP Series pallet jacks on each delivery truck for drivers to utilize on deliveries. Much of the company’s business depends on reliable lift trucks to move groceries, and getting dependable machines quickly as its business needs change is imperative to its operations.
California Community News provides a range of printing, inserting, packaging and distribution services for several newspaper and media companies including the Los Angeles Times Media Group. At its busy 325,000-square-foot production facility in Irwindale, Calif., millions of inserts and papers are printed and packaged each year. read more »»
For over 55 years, Lipari Foods has been a wholesale distributor of dry, refrigerated and frozen grocery products, now serving customers in fourteen states across the Midwest. Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Lipari recently completed the development of a new 260,000 square foot warehouse to support its rapid growth.
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.