Are You Using The Right Trucks For Your Warehouse?

Are You Using The Right Trucks For Your Warehouse?

Powered industrial trucks (PITs), otherwise known as forklifts, come in many shapes, sizes, and fuel types. Though these trucks act like worker drone bees, buzzing about the warehouse, their potential differences mean that they can be best utilized in specific environments. As a site manager, it’s important to be sure your fleet consists of PITs best suited for your needs.

The Right Fit

Much like you want the perfect fit for a work-boot instead of one that’s just OK, making sure your PITs perfectly fit your operation will help keep everyone more comfortable. This is especially important to keep in mind for larger sites or companies with multiple locations – you may need a sit-down, counterbalanced high-lift rider to move heavier freight in one location and a hand operated forklift/pallet truck to distribute smaller loads to specified areas of the site.

Making sure the PITs fit your site is half of the equation – you also want to be sure your site is suited to handle the PITs you have in operation.  Aisle width, available space to turn and maneuver trucks, and the amount of pedestrian traffic are factors that can influence your choice of PITs and are things you might need to change about your site after assessing usage and employment of your PITs.

Other Considerations

Other factors that will influence the type of PITs you find best for the specifics of your site include:

  • Maximum lift height and overhead obstructions for indoor sites
  • Lighting – if it’s a dark area,  you need trucks equipped with lights
    • To help truck operator see
    • To make truck more visible to pedestrians
  • Projected hours of use
    • Daily, Weekly, Monthly

By being aware of all of your options and needs when choosing the perfect PITs for your operation, or when assessing if the ones you currently have are actually a perfect fit, you will reap the benefits in high levels of efficiency and cost-savings. Even with Raleigh’s relatively low cost to other areas, the right trucks in the right place will require less maintenance, cause less downtime, fewer accidents, and higher levels of productivity.

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Our customers are at the center of everything we do. HCO knows that many of you are navigating unprecedented challenges and we’re here to help.

The current economic environment has created stress on many of the core industries that this country relies on to thrive.
- Corporate liquidity is at a premium and the management of your balance sheet is critical.
- Bank and vendor leasing for equipment is tightening as corporate credit ratings are in flux and lenders are focused on securing their own capital.

HCO is leading through this disruption with customized forklift fleet programs that allow companies to 1) replace fleet assets and 2) service those assets without relying on banks or vendors for leasing. Our managed service programs allow companies to secure assets and service programs with no upfront capital, and no end of term lease obligations. We are reinventing the way companies access equipment and service. Please reach out to discuss whether this would be valuable to your company.

As we execute our business continuity plan, we will rely on the guidance from the Center for Disease Control, federal, state, and local governments to guide our decisions to keep our employees and our customers’ employees safe. We are committed to continuing to provide clients with our valuable services.

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