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.
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.
Midwest Warehouse & Distribution System provides third-party warehousing, transportation and other supply-chain solutions for a variety of industries. With four affiliate companies and more than a dozen facilities nationwide, Midwest is responsible for more than 6 million square feet of contract and public warehousing space. read more »»
Going green has become a pretty common catchphrase, generating thoughts of recycling, switching to energy efficient light bulbs, saving water or even buying that fancy new “smart” thermostat to control the comfort of your home. While activities like these are usually the ones that are top of mind when thinking about sustainability, there are countless other components in the supply chain that can make a positive impact. For example, think about forklifts, they have likely moved everything around us. Because of their widespread influence, they are a vital link in the ever-evolving global supply chain and the global mission to conserve our planet and all of its resources. read more »»
No material handling manager wants to hear “the forklift is down.” Downtime means lost production time, unexpected service and repair costs, and a solid bite out of the bottom line. And when most people think forklift they envision counterbalance forklifts. This white paper explores the hidden costs associated with counterbalance forklift ownership to arm purchasers with the information they need to develop their own cost of ownership calculation.
NEW BREMEN, Ohio (July 7, 2015) – When Peri & Sons Farms, one of the largest onion-to-seed companies in the world, searched for ways to increase uptime of its forklift fleet, it sought assistance from Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies. The result of the effort came in the form of 127 hours of additional fleet uptime every week.