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Avoiding the Flu Like the Plague – Few things can cripple productivity like the flu, and the season is upon us. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people contract the flu, and the costs mount for them and your operation. Find out what the flu really costs us and how we can work to limit its effect on our material handling operations this season.

Factors Reducing the Safe Lifting Capacity of Your New Forklift– Find out what can easily make your 5,000 lb. capacity forklift, a 4,000 lb. capacity forklift. It doesn’t take as much as you may think.

Four Main Benefits of Electric Forklifts – Over the last decade, forklift manufacturers as well as battery and charger companies have made great strides in producing powerful and more productive electric forklifts. Learn the four main benefits of operating electric forklifts.

Forklift Procurement Strategy – When you put a forklift to work, the equipment cost and maintenance is bore by the user. But how those costs are allocated and the financial impact varies from company to company

Optimize Your Warehouse by Fighting the Space Invaders – What are the space invaders and how can you thwart their attempts to continually eat up valuable warehouse space. This Feature Article helps identify them and provide steps you can take to defeat them and increase warehouse space without expansion. 

Heat Illness Safety Tips -The hot summer months are upon us. Workers who are not accustomed to working in the heat can quickly become ill and experience heat stroke, which can lead to serious illness and even death. There are a few things to keep in mind about heat-related illness and what you can do to help prevent it in your workers. 

The Shocking Truth About Electric Forklifts – Electric forklifts are gaining in popularity. Find out how much of the market they command and what is causing the transformation of forklift fleets around the globe.

Four Traits of Safety-Minded Companies – As managers and owners, we want a safe work environment for all of our employees. Unfortunately, all too often it escapes us. Time passes quickly, and initiatives that were once important standards become guidelines or even merely suggestions. How can we ensure that when we put safety measures in place, they will stay in place as employees come and go in a business climate that is constantly in flux?

Green Initiatives in Supply Chain – There are hundreds of things you can do to improve energy consumption in your facility. From the smallest gestures like turning off unused lighting to giant projects like installing solar panels, all your efforts go into improving the climate we live in as well as the atmosphere our employees work in every day. 

Five Major Benefits of Preventive Planned Maintenance –  Like anything else in life, whether it’s your car, your home or even your body, planning and conducting preventive maintenance creates long-term benefits that are well worth the investment. Why would your forklift and other materials handling equipment be any different?

2015 U.S. Economic Predictions – Most of us in materials handling, and in fact most of the country, has had a prosperous 2014. We scoured several sources to find out who is predicting what for 2015. Read what we found and why. 

Equipment Acquisition Strategies – There are several ways to acquire heavy equipment, like a forklift. The answer about how to acquire that equipment is not so cut and dry. How you acquire capital equipment should be determined by answering a few questions, then having a discussion with your financial representative. The two of you together should be able to come to a conclusion about how to proceed. 

Ebola, Influenza and Productivity – What the recent Ebola outbreak has taught us about preparedness, how that relates to the upcoming flu season, and what you can do to limit an outbreak and maintain productivity. Whether it’s your accounting department or materials handling operators, you need to see the effect the flu has on American businesses every year.

Questions to Ask Before Your Next Forklift Purchase – It is easy to fall into the same pattern of getting quotes on the equipment we’re placing, comparing vendors, equipment and pricing, then making a decision about acquisition methods. But there are additional, in-depth questions you can ask yourself that could yield a much different and better outcome for your business.

Forklift Fork and Chain Inspection – A 10% wear in forklift forks reduces the safe lifting capacity of that forklift by 20%. Worn forks and chains present a real danger in the workplace. Be sure you know how to inspect them properly. 

Four Decades of OSHA; the Results – For over 40 years, OSHA has been developing safety standards to protect workers and bring them back to work safely each and every day. While there is often debate about the reach of some of their programs, there can be little debate about the results.

The Hidden Costs of Forklift Ownership – When you are purchasing a piece of equipment is being purchased, you obtain competitive quotes, verify specifications and generate a purchase order. For that matter, just about anything we purchase goes through the same process. However, there is much more to purchasing forklifts and other equipment. 

Improving Dock Safety – Docks are very busy places and represent a significant risk for an accident or incident, particularly when during busy seasons.  There are some things you can do to reduce this risk and demonstrate the intention of creating a safe work environment for the employees that operate on or around your docks. 

Keep the Heat on Winter; Prepare Your Warehouse – As the cold winter month’s approach, many companies will pump tens of thousands of dollars of energy they could be saving if they prepared properly. This month’s article shows five things you can do to take money out of the furnace and put it to your bottom line. 

Five Reasons to Never Call Apex Material Handling – Companies will give a lot of reasons TO contact them for products or services. This month, we turn the table to tell you five reasons you would never want to contact us.

Four Major Benefits of Operator Training – There is a distinct difference between teaching someone something, like safe forklift operation, and truly training them how to perform the function safely and efficiently. We have addressed this topic in our previously published “Safety Training vs. Teaching: Knowing the Differences.”  A robust, comprehensive and ongoing safety training program for your forklift operators provides you with not only protection from potential liabilities, but also enhances your operation. In this article we will address four of the major benefits of formalizing your forklift operator training program.

Optimizing Your Material Handling Operation – Purchasing a new forklift or other material handling equipment can be expensive, but that’s just a fraction of what it costs to operate it efficiently—or inefficiently. Getting the most bang for your forklift buck means understanding the products you move and establishing baseline costs as a start. Here are 8 tips for optimizing your material handling operation.

The Benefits of Long-Term Rentals – There are many benefits of long-term forklift rentals. Read what the advantages are and what they could mean to your materials handling operation. 

Stay Cool and Save: How to Manage Your Forklift’s Cooling System – Heat is an enemy to your bottom line. Whether it’s en employee that can’t keep his cool, a plant that’s too hot, or even a forklift that’s operating above normal recommended temperatures, they all can cost you money and eat away at your bottom line. This month’s Feature Article highlights the “what you need to know” and “why” of your forklift’s cooling system. 

Up Front: 4 Critical Forklift Measurements – One important facet of forklift safety means knowing the capabilities of the equipment you are operating. Capacity, center of gravity and manual operation are very important. There are four critical measurements that are often overlooked when training and can become particularly hazardous when new operators enter the picture.

Three Major Take-Aways from ProMat 2013 – There were hundreds of booths and thousands of products at this year’s ProMat Convention. But there were three major take-aways for the future that we got from the Keynote speakers and panel discussions. Read what they are.

Maybe it’s Time to Grow UP! – Indicators are pointing towards economic recovery.  Many companies are looking to expand, but are hesitant to make the capital investment for additional space until the economy is on more solid footing and credit is more accessible.  We say “time to grow UP!”

The Four Essentials of a Safe, Productive Forklift Fleet – There are plenty of little things you can do to improve forklift safety in your facility. Things like keeping the floor clean, installing mirrors at aisle ends and prominently displayed safety posters will all improve safety. We have found however, four main recurrences within companies that take forklift safety to the next level. 

Variables in Space Planning Solutions – Designing the correct type of pallet rack system to properly meet your needs has become increasingly complex in recent years. There are many different types of systems now available, e.g. Selective, Double Deep, Drive-In / Thru, Push-Back, and Flow.  Plus, more sophisticated handling equipment (e.g. Double Reach Trucks, Narrow Aisle Trucks, Very Narrow Aisle Trucks) require much more stringent tolerances. Thus, finding the correct rack solution is more complicated than ever. However, you will find it if you carefully consider several factors.  

Green Initiatives in Warehousing – The World is trending towards green initiatives and warehousing and materials handling are no exception. Read what others companies are doing, how they’re doing it and what you can do to prepare your operation for energy and resource conservation.

Before You Purchase That Used Forklift: 10 Things You Need to Consider – There are a few applications in materials handling that may warrant that discount lift truck. However, most applications would be far better suited for a late-modeled, well maintained lift truck. This Feature Article gives you 10 things to consider before you decide.

Daily Forklift Inspections; A Guide to Success – Daily forklift inspections are not a suggestion, they’re the law. In addition to staying in compliance, we have found that customers who inspect lift trucks before each shift enjoy lower overall maintenance costs as small problems are caught before they can develop into large ones.

5 Things That Will Lower Your Materials Handling Costs – Through our years of experience we have implemented and seen results for many cost-lowering and productivity improving processes.  This month’s Feature Article highlights five things that we have found to universally achieve bottom-line improvements for our customers.

Pedestrian Safety is No Accident; What You Need to Know – Training your operators is one thing, ensuring the safety of those that work around lift trucks is another. This Feature Article addresses areas of safety training you need to keep in mind to ensure employee and visitor safety.

10 Things You Need to Know About Planned Maintenance – An effective Planned Maintenance program for your forklift fleet not only reduces your total ownership costs, it improves productivity and profits. This Feature Article lists 10 things you need to know to ensure you have the right service provider working on your forklifts.

Site Specific Training; 6 Things You Need to Consider –  Most companies provide adequate classroom and hands-on training for their forklift operators. But many fall short when it comes to “Site Specific” Training. This Feature Article gives you a few things you will want to consider when engaging in Site-Specific training.

Safety Training vs. Teaching – There are vasts differences between teaching your forklift operators safe operation and truly training them.  This Feature Article highlights the differences between the two and sheds light on how training actually takes place from a learning point of view.

Selecting a Truly Integrated Materials Handling Provider – Are you working with a lift truck dealer that sells you racking or are you working with a partner that has a great deal of experience in warehouse planning? This article helps you determine if your forging a relationship with a supplier that can help you achive maximum results from your materials handling operation.