Some of the products this material handling company requires include cardboard boxes, tape, bubble cushioning and other packaging goods. For waste, they require waste receptacles of all descriptions, from small waste baskets to self dumping hoppers. Essential warehouse furnishings include shelving units, pallet racks and other storage units. Essential equipment includes forklifts, pallet jacks and other moving equipment. Then there are storage containers, forklift accessories, ladders, personnel lifts and a host of other items. All of them are necessary for the smooth running of the operation.
This is just a short list of all the thousands of permanent, semi-permanent and recurring items a typical materials handling company needs. The industrial supply company that they deal with must have at least as much experience at supplying these goods as the company has in using them. They will rely on the ability of their supplier to give them what they need, when they need it. Without such seamless efficiency, they will experience unnecessary slowdowns in productivity.