REDUCE DAMAGE, ACCIDENTS WITH A VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

BY SCOTT WALKER

Some amount of warehouse accidents are inevitable. The near-constant movement of vehicles and pallets of goods through narrow passageways and around tight corners means that even the safest of operations will have the occasional driver scuff or damage another vehicle or warehouse wall. But here’s the problem: At far too many warehouses, collisions and accidents […]

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FLEET MANAGEMENT — UNDERSTAND HOW BIG YOUR FLEET SHOULD BE

BY SCOTT WALKER

Are you making the most of your forklifts? Is your fleet properly utilized or are these expensive machines sitting in a corner of your warehouse collecting dust? When you have an oversized (and underutilized) fleet, it means you have assets sitting around, resulting in unnecessary expenses, such as regular planned maintenance as well as capital, […]

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5 WAYS TO OVERCOME OPERATOR OBJECTIONS TO VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES

BY SCOTT WALKER

By 2019, ABI Research expects around 30 million service vehicles will have telematics installed, allowing more businesses to monitor operator performance and compliance in real time. While management may like the idea of adding vehicle management systems and tracking technologies, they must overcome some operator objections in order for these new tools to be successful. One of […]

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DO YOUR FLEET MANAGERS HAVE THE VISIBILITY NEEDED TO MANAGE THE FLSA OVERTIME EXEMPTION CHANGES?

BY SCOTT WALKER

On December 1 the new FLSA overtime exemption from the Department of Labor will go into effect. This change will affect roughly 4 million workers and allows salaried employees that make between $23,660 and $47,476 who were previously ineligible for overtime to become eligible. Regardless of whether your employees are salaried or hourly, reducing excessive overtime is […]

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FLEET MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE AND AVOIDING NEW OSHA FINES

BY SCOTT WALKER

OSHA recently increased its fines for violations to accommodate for inflation. This increase went into effect on August 1, 2016 and is the first price increase since 1990. How serious was this increase? For violation of a posting requirement, the prices are going from $7,000 to $12,471. For a willful violation and repeat violations, the […]

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IS YOUR BEST OPERATOR REALLY YOUR BEST? LOOK AT THE STATS

BY SCOTT WALKER

There’s one in every sport, that athlete who everyone assumes is better than he or she actually is. They are a fan favorite because of their effort or their personality, and we all assume that because we like them so much they must also be great performers on the field. A closer look at the […]

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FIVE WAYS YOUR VMS CAN MAKE YOUR FACILITY SAFER

BY SCOTT WALKER

Take a look out on your floor. Note whether or not you see two things: First, how do your industrial vehicles look? Are your forklifts dented or dinged? Each ding and dent is an impact with either other trucks, racks, your inventory or, worse, a person. Next, what are those employees who work in proximity […]

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THE WAREHOUSE SAFETY TOOL YOU CAN’T BE WITHOUT

BY SCOTT WALKER

A few numbers around forklift safety that may surprise: 100,000 — The approximate number of forklift accidents every year. 11 percent — The percentage of forklifts in the U.S. that will be involved in an accident this year. 100 — The approximate number of fatalities from forklift accidents every year. And now some headlines from […]

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ARE YOU SERVICING YOUR FORKLIFTS TWICE AS OFTEN AS YOU NEED TO?

BY SCOTT WALKER

We all know the drill. When the odometer rolls over another 3,000 miles it’s time to take the car in for an oil change. When it turns another 6,000 miles it’s time to check the wiper blades. And at 12,000 miles we have the steering and suspension components checked. It’s maintenance based on usage and […]

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WANT A SAFER, MORE EFFICIENT WAREHOUSE? END MANUAL LOGGING.

BY SCOTT WALKER

No one tells you that operating a forklift or other industrial truck comes with paperwork, but it does. A surprising amount actually, and for most operators it’s how their day starts: a small blue checklist that OSHA says has to be filled out before work can begin. It may not feel like this paperwork — all […]

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