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The critical importance of sequence in warehouses
By Ken Ackerman
One aspect of warehousing that is readily overlooked is the order in which tasks are performed. In many warehouses, the sequence is dictated by tradition, or the attitude that "we have always done it that way." In most cases, the sequence is fine and should not be changed. In many others, however, a change in the order in which things are done can have a material effect on warehouse operations. A diagnostic examination of warehouse operations should include the consideration of five questions.
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Sizing up the logistics and supply chain marketplace
Logistics Management
With the first quarter of 2015 officially beginning the homestretch, it seems like a good time to take a look at some of the key themes impacting the freight transportation and logistics market. Perhaps the biggest story, or theme, early into the New Year is the one relating to lower energy costs — i.e. cheap fuel. No matter how you look at it, the pros will always outweigh the cons here. This ranges from the most-welcomed byproduct of lower operating expenses and transportation budgets.
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The business case for forklifts powered by hydrogen fuel cells
By Piyush Bakshi
Hydrogen fuel cells as a source of power have piqued the interest of the distribution and warehousing sector. The energy is renewable and sustainable, and it offers a viable alternative to lead-acid batteries for powering forklifts. Federal government tax credits to promote the growth of fuel cells may have come to an end, but this in no way seems to have affected the rate at which the technology is being accepted.
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The intelligent forklift in the age of the industrial internet of things
Forbes
In one definition of the term "Internet of Things," almost all objects have sensors, connectivity to a broader environment and intelligence. Sometimes the object has just a sliver of intelligence; but it can be much more substantial. Traditionally, the forklift was the backbone for manual material movement in a factory or distribution center, a "dumb" piece of machinery that was entirely dependent upon the operator. In contrast, modern forklifts epitomize the evolution to intelligent, sensor-enabled equipment.



5 forklift handling safety tips every warehouse should follow
Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine
Employees operating forklifts are often exposed to a variety of risks. Oftentimes, negligence and other innocuous violation of safety rules are the exact causes behind a serious and even fatal accident. Because it is the goal of every warehouse to promote a healthy and safe work environment, taking time to educate your employees about proper forklift operation is a great way to keep accidents at bay. To get started, here are five material handling safety tips every warehouse should establish for their forklift operators and others who may work alongside these powerful workhorses.




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