with the task at hand. Proper ergonomics supports proper operationand can instill greater confidence.
Furthermore, innovative solutions such as virtual reality (VR)and e-learning modules have been proven to help operators reachhigher operator proficiency levels faster and be coached more confidently. These data-driven solutions can immediately pinpoint weakareas, so administrators know who and when to re-teach and canbetter control the warehouse environment.
With another record year of e-commerce on the horizon, operations need to prepare their fleets for unprecedented demand. Formany, this will mean leasing new lift trucks and order-pickers. Intoday’s demanding material handling landscape, flexibility is vital, especially when it comes to sourcing and leasing equipment.Working with an OEM or dealer can help operations quickly addto their fleet and mitigate any adverse effects of quick growth.
It’s important to ensure you get the equipment and appropriate
financing that meets your unique business needs. A few things
to keep in mind when renting or leasing equipment:
Flexibility in changing out equipment. Companies often ex-
perience challenges as a result of not having an effective method
for replacing their fleet over time.
The ability to consolidate payments into one invoice. Op-
erations can simplify their finances and accounting by leasing
with a company that combines a variety of different invoices
into one lease bucket.
Easy returns at the end of a lease, with no additional cost. Thecommon perception of leasing is that the end-of-lease processoften turns out to be a real pain point for the lessee.
EMBRACING A CULTURE OF CONTINUOUS
In recent studies, it’s estimated that 10 years of change havebeen compressed into just a few months as businesses and consumers have rapidly shifted buying patterns—increasingly turningto methods like e-commerce, which have placed a strain on theorder-picking process. The cost of mispicks has large ramificationsthat affect your bottom line and have the potential to impact yourcustomers’ satisfaction if there is an error in their order.
When navigating today’s high-paced supply chain, addressing the labor shortage and investing in tactics like operator assisttechnologies and rental programs are vital to ensuring operationsrespond quickly and efficiently to consumers’ changing demands.Focus on optimizing your business to ensure processes are streamlined and productivity and efficiency remain high. MH&L
Erica Moyer is i WAREHOUSE product manager for RTLS,ObjectSense and Pick2Pallet with The Raymond Corporation ( www.raymondcorp.com), a manufacturer offorklifts and material handling solutions.
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