Ergonomics in Material Handling

Warehouse managers may be taking their employees fore granted, especially those who perform tasks involved with material handling. Sure they have access to such things as forklifts, pallet jacks, lift tables, hand trucks, carts, motorized hand trucks, hoists, etc., but there are times during the day when the worker himself must carry containers, put containers … Read more

Hiring Forklift Drivers – Part I: Targeting the Right Candidate

The most important, if not one of the most important jobs of a warehouse manager or human resources director is to hire forklift drivers. It is essential that people with the proper skills and appropriate experience is considered and ultimately selected for the job. The process of finding a competent forklift driver involves three elements … Read more

Warehouse Management Courses – Worthless or Worthwhile?

Courses and stand-alone classes are all of the rage for post-college learning, especially when you hit the professional market. This can be a necessity in a number of cases, especially as technology has evolved so radically over the last few years and changed how we look at some of the processes we deal with in … Read more

How can a Pallet Inverter Help You and Your Business?

A pallet inverter can be a rather expensive piece of equipment, but it can be an incredibly helpful piece of equipment as well. These big machines are hard workers, and can be used in a surprising number of ways, for industries that may surprise you. Is a pallet inverter right for you and your business? … Read more

Final Draft of “US Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics” Released

The final version of a report predicting the future of the US materials handling and logistics industry was recently issued. The “US Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics” examines the ten biggest trends that can be anticipated during the next decade. The report was developed over the course of the past year and is based … Read more

Modex Trade Expo Announces Three Keynote Speakers

Three of the the world’s leading experts on materials handling have been scheduled to address Modex 2014, North America’s biggest supply chain trade show. This year’s featured speakers are Edward G. Bastian, president of Delta Airlines, who will be give an addressed called “Shipping Trends for Global Supply Chains”; Lee Scott, former president and CEO … Read more

Suburban Library System Leaps into the Future

A suburban library system outside Dallas, Texas, has modernized the way it sorts the more than 250,000 items borrowed by patrons each year. Each of the Richardson Public Library’s books, CDs, DVDs and other material shave been equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip when allows automated sorting equipment to identify the item and … Read more

Conference Held In Chicago This Week for Forklift Parts, Service Managers

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association is holding its annual conference in a convention center just outside Chicago this week. The event’s theme this year is “Delivering a Superior Customer  Service Experience for Your Parts and Service Customers.” The conference is scheduled to be held Wednesday and Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare hotel … Read more

Retail Sales Up Again in July, Fed Says

Retail sales in the United States increased 0.5% during July compared to June, according to statistics released by the US Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation. It was the fourth consecutive month that retail sales went up, providing a sign of economic improvement. July’s retail sales of $424.5 billion were 4.0% higher than … Read more