Everything that’s good in a warehousing business is a product of symbiosis. Machine and man working together to achieve a common goal. We know this isn’t Sonny and Cher, but it’s still pretty exciting. In this post, we’re going to run through the three most important marriages in a warehousing business.
Electric pallet and lorry
This is number one for a reason. How else would a warehousing or logistics business operate if it wasn’t able to use a forklift or lorry? You need the lorry to transport the goods and the pallet truck to load/unload them. It’s a key part of how the whole shebang works. However, since the logistics industry begun – there have been two key trends in the development of the industry.
Firstly, things have started to become more ergonomic and focused towards ease of use and productivity. If you look at the modern machine now, it is a work of art compared to it’s prehistoric cousins. The second is the way that these logistics vehicles are powered. It’s taken a while but we’re getting there – the diesel powered engine is slowly going out of fashion. Electrically powered engines are overtaking and we imagine that it won’t be too long before they become the dominant engine type.
Three wheeled forklifts and drive in racking
Three wheeled forklifts are becoming nearly ubiquitous. Go to any modern warehouse and all you’ll see is three-wheeled forklifts. The main reason behind this is the fact that they are outrageously manoeuvrable and can operate in tight environments.
This is great news for warehouse managers because warehouses are now designed to suit drive in racking – a practice which isn’t all too forgiving when it comes to allowing space to move. Hence why the three wheeled forklifts popularity has soared. We expect this trend to continue as more and more warehouses are built and designed with drive in racking in mind.
High racking and reach trucks
These two are perfect for each other, a modern romance. As we discussed earlier, warehouses are becoming tighter and tighter but they are also becoming taller. Much like the skyscraper races of the Twenties between Chicago and New York, if you can’t build sideways, build up! We are starting to see more and more warehouses that feature taller ceilings. It’ll be interesting to see if this fashion for tall dies down or not.