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6 Material Handling Trends for the Future You Need To Be Aware Of

Thanks to advances in technology and information, the world is changing faster than ever. The material handling industry is no different, with new processes and developments altering the way we work on a regular basis.

Staying on top of these changes is crucial. Companies that refuse to acknowledge them, or are late to implement the vital next steps, will be swiftly left behind.

Material Handling // 5 min read

Warehouse Management - How Fleet Managers Adapted To Global Change

"The times, they are a-changing" in the warehousing and supply chain industries. If you have been feeling the pressure of the rise of eCommerce, along with the radical changes to working practices brought about by Covid-19, you're not alone. The question is, how have other warehouse and forklift fleet managers handled the situation? Is there advice that would benefit the industry as a whole – and how can you adapt in ways that will future-proof your operations?

Material Handling // 6 min read

5 Common Forklift Driving Mistakes You Shouldn't Ignore

There's no getting around it: unsafe forklift driving can result in serious accidents. The British Safety Council says that 25% of workplace transport injuries result directly from forklift truck accidents, and these injuries can be life-changing. 

As an employer, you would be liable for employee medical costs in the event of an accident. These can run from £40,000-£200,000, but legal and other costs can also escalate. That's why it's in everyone's interest to ensure forklift driving safety – to protect your workers, drivers, fleet and your business too.

With that in mind, read on for 5 forklift driving mistakes you shouldn't ignore.

Related Read: The True Cost of Forklift Accidents Revealed

Material Handling // 5 min read

Manufacturing 101: Essential Equipment and Considerations You Need to Know

If you’re running a manufacturing operation, there are a number of different types of material handling equipment you need to know. Discover how the correct equipment can optimise daily activities, enhance operator productivity, reduce costs and more.

Material Handling // 4 min read

How Big Data Can Unlock Your Forklift Fleet Management

At TCM, we know first-hand that the material handling industry is full of surprises. And as new technologies emerge, the possibilities are endless. In this article, we explore the impact of big data on fleet management. Read on to find out more.

Material Handling // 4 min read

Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe A Further Integration Of The Group

Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe (MLE), a member of the global Mitsubishi Logisnext Group, accelerates the optimisation of its material handling and logistics solution offers through further group integration in Europe.

Material Handling // 2 min read

Key Questions You Should Consider Before Buying Your Next Forklift

As a warehouse manager, you have a lot of operational decisions to make. You want your business to run as efficiently and safely as possible, but you also want to maximise profits.

To help keep the most vital business operations at the front of your mind, we’ve created this forklift buying guide for you to quickly and easily refer back to whenever it's needed.

Material Handling // 6 min read

Forklift Contract Hire vs. Purchase: How to Make the Right Choice

With the option to choose between contract hire, renting, or purchasing your next forklift truck outright, which approach will best meet your needs?

Material Handling // 4 min read

How TCM Reach Truck Forklifts Enhance Operator Comfort and Safety

At TCM, we know that people-centric technology creates a happier, more productive workforce. That’s why our reach truck forklifts adapt perfectly to the individual operator’s needs. Read on to discover how they could benefit your business.

Material Handling // 4 min read

How to Choose Material Handling Equipment

Determining the right material handling equipment for your business needs will depend heavily on your operations, applications, and industry sector.

Material Handling // 5 min read

The Latest Material Handling Industry Trends: TCM Dealer Summit 2019

On 10th April 2019, TCM dealers from across Europe gathered at The Belfry Hotel & Resort near Birmingham to discuss the past, the present, and the future of the material handling industry. TCM also announced some exciting new product launches.

Material Handling // 3 min read

3 Warehouse Optimisation Techniques You Need to Know

When looking to cut costs and improve efficiency, certain warehouse optimisation techniques can help. Here are three practical solutions you can’t afford to miss.

Material Handling // 3 min read

Improve Warehouse Productivity Overnight: For Operations Managers

From injured operators and drained batteries to low data visibility, operational downtime causes a multitude of warehouse inefficiencies. Learn how to improve warehouse productivity today.

Material Handling // 4 min read

Key Challenges to Productivity: Material Handling Survey 2017

Material Handling // 4 min read

Results From The Material Handling Survey 2017

For the past couple of months, we have been running a survey to inform our upcoming 2017 report on material handling and how the equipment and processes used can impact business productivity.

Whilst we are still collecting responses, a predominant theme so far is a growing awareness to think ‘beyond the truck’ or beyond the legislation when it comes to investing in material handling equipment, and actually consider the business implications that come with a truck purchase.

Costs and productivity are inevitably interlinked. Ongoing requirements like fuel, along with unseen implications on downtime and storage can impact the level of work getting done and the required cost to keep things on track. That can have big implications for businesses.

Let’s take a look at three of the trends from our material handling survey

1. Downtime and non-contract damages are considered the largest hidden costs

When asked what the most prominent hidden costs of a forklift purchase are, the strong majority was with both downtime and non-contract charges or damages. Both feature far higher than the need for extra storage or operators in order to actually run the truck.

It's interesting to note that both of these have significant influence over the levels of productivity in a business, as downtime and damages can severely impact the time a truck can be driving ROI.

2. Lifetime costs are seen as more important than the cost of the truck itself

Lifetime costs of forklifts are seen as more important than simply the cost of the truck itself as 81% of respondents agreed that lifetime costs were very important, compared to only 47% agreeing that the cost of the truck is very important in the buying process. Those that agreed with both could well highlight that this is an emerging trend and shows a move to more educated purchases in the industry.

With these responses in mind, it was telling to see that truck performance and efficiency are the most researched prior to a purchase which links to the total cost of ownership (TCO). Respondents are starting to look to the future when making purchases rather than simply the upfront costs.

Paul Freeman from CAM Forklifts notes that "It is really encouraging to know that end users are recognising that cheaper trucks can be more expensive over the longer term, especially when this can lead to a lack of truck availability and can also create further problems for the clients' operational need, adding to daily running costs.

3. Truck performance, safety, battery and technology are the most popular innovations

We want to make sure that we are writing articles on topics which really matter to the industry and so are asking respondents to tell us which innovations capture their attention the most. Out of the options provided, truck performance, safety and battery technology are currently coming out on top in some way.

Whilst safety is to be expected when there is a whole host of legislation to be compliant with, the presence of battery technology in that list suggests that people are looking towards the future and potentially considering the now-announced 2030 legislation. Our emphasis on the future there is largely down to the indication from the results that of those interested in battery technology, only 60% are actually using electric trucks as part of their material handling equipment at the moment.

Malcolm Mitchell from Amvar agreed that this is something to be paying close attention to, saying that "battery technology is the number one issue right now in my opinion, and finding energy solutions for our customers is a priority".

Ian Coulman from Carrylift Group said that ''innovations in battery technology are increasing the number of low maintenance options available with innovations such as lithium-ion. These innovations will increase the percentage of users of electric trucks, who will be able to adapt their fleets in line with the new 2030 legislation.'' 

So what happens next?

Ultimately, doing the research and considering future costs and impact on the business can really save you money. It's good to see that whilst the cost of the truck is (and no doubt always will be) an important element of the purchase, it's certainly not the be-all and end-all.

All of this said, we are looking forward to hearing more opinions to really gain a broad picture of the current state of material handling. The final report will go into more depth on the findings from the survey, seeking to provide advice on the areas which are most needed and you can influence what that actually looks like.

Download the TCO guide to reduce your operational costs today

Material Handling // 3 min read

How To Choose A Material Handling Solutions Provider

Choosing the right material handling solutions provider is integral to your business' growth. They should be able to identify a problem you have, find the appropriate solution, and help you be successful.

Material Handling // 2 min read

What Makes TCM a Global Force in Material Handling?

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to have one company they partner with to manage the material handling needs of whole continents, rather than having different manufacturers by country.

Material Handling // 2 min read

How To Choose The Right Forklift Supplier

We all know that money doesn't grow on trees. However, if you invest in the right resources, you can create value that helps your business grow and ultimately make more money. 

Material Handling // 2 min read

How To Become A Valued Forklift Supplier?

Too many companies are attentive before the deal is done, and then once the contract has been signed, they're too busy to call. 

Material Handling // 2 min read

10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Material Handling Supplier

Don't get burned by the devil in disguise. Here are 10 things to consider when choosing your next material handling equipment supplier. 

Material Handling // 4 min read
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