Warehouse Layout Holds Clues to Choosing Right Forklift

Ever had a forklift salesman try to talk you out of buying a forklift? OK, maybe not. But it is certainly not unusual for a lift truck dealer who is truly interested in what’s best for your business to steer the forklift buying conversation toward the bigger picture – how warehouse layout issues should help drive your choice of equipment.

Evaluating your warehouse layout helps both the customer and the dealer better understand the context in which the equipment is being used. Such information is, of course, vitally important in figuring out the most effective way to spend limited dollars while getting the most out of your equipment.

Here is just a sampling of hypothetical questions that it makes sense to explore when you are considering new equipment for your warehouse:

  • Is the current equipment being overutilized or underutilized?
  • Is it running across multiple shifts or dormant for part of each day?
  • Does the layout or organization of the work space contribute to or detract from efficiency?
  • Do narrow aisles create a need for specialized equipment?
  • Do unnecessarily wide aisles create an opportunity to gain storage space by reorganizing?
  • Are there other warehouse design issues that affect internal operations?
  • What other operational problems or issues do you encounter day after day?

Thoroughly assessing your warehouse operation – both to better understand how each piece of equipment contributes to optimal work flow and to red-flag any warehouse layout challenges that may be holding you back – can often reveal a need for a more specialized piece of materials handling equipment that is capable of performing a particular role more efficiently.

Warehouse Solutions

Many top materials handling equipment dealers now provide in-depth efficiency analyses into both the warehouse space itself and the role of each piece of equipment operating within it. Such companies are committed to functioning as full-service experts in the integration of a wide range of warehouse products and equipment designed to deliver the most efficient possible movement and storage of materials.

For example, leading forklift dealers typically see their mission as providing comprehensive material handling “solutions” rather than focusing solely on the sales and service of equipment.

Some even offer cutting-edge CAD/CAM imaging technology that can help unlock the secrets of how to get the most out of your existing space. (Imagine finding a way to create several thousand new pallet positions without expanding the warehouse!)

So don’t be surprised if the next time you go to buy a forklift, the big-picture conversation includes talk of warehouse design and space utilization, dock to rack solutions and fleet services. Material handling equipment providers that offer this comprehensive approach to fully understanding your business tend to be those that are best equipped to help you drive down the total cost of ownership while driving up efficiency and productivity.

At Northland Industrial Truck Co., better known throughout New England as NITCO, our forklift experts are skilled at analyzing how warehouse layout issues impact your business. Contact us today for friendly, straightforward advice.

10 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Buy a Forklift

10 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Buy a Forklift

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