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Optimize your material handling fleet with the latest tips, tools, and insights into your supply chain management.

Aug 30, 2022 3:41:50 PM

Striking a balance: Blending “Just-in-Time” and “Just-in-Case”

Many companies have migrated to “just-in-time” inventory management to optimize their production lines, but it’s safe to say that the last few years have made that ultra-low inventory strategy much more challenging. 

But moving back to an inventory-heavy “just-in-case” plan can be costly and cumbersome, especially when you have to rethink almost everything about your facility. So, what’s the solution?

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Aug 23, 2022 12:15:00 PM

5 Ways Flexible Fleet Financing Can Help Control Your Company’s Material Handling Costs

The pandemic, inflation, supply chain issues, labor shortages, and more: companies are grappling with one of the most unpredictable times in modern history—and material handling has been hit especially hard. While it may feel that you have no effective way to control costs, the good news is that you likely have many more options than you think.

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May 23, 2022 9:00:00 AM

10 Ways to Take The Sting Out of Long Equipment Lead Times

In the market for a new forklift? Be prepared to wait. With order lead times stretching from six months to over a year (and beyond), companies waiting to replenish their fleet are challenged to make do with what they have until their shipment comes in. 

“Before this, a lot of companies were used to being reactionary with their orders because the supply chain was so wide open and you could get your hands on the things that you needed within the relative time frame,” says Ryan Boyd, TFS Vice President, Racking and Automation. "With today's supply chain issues and lead times, companies need to be more proactive and think about the bigger picture sooner rather than later."

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The Supply Chain Roundup | What You Need to Know to Tackle Supply Chain Disruption

It’s officially Spring! As if the world didn’t have enough going on already, unexpected things continue to crop up, such as the first Amazon union and the Ever Given’s sister ship, which also got stuck, exemplifying the worst kind of sibling rivalry.

To help you keep up, we curate all the need-to-know material handling news every month—so read on!

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Apr 11, 2022 5:16:00 PM

The TFS MODEX Download - Top Takeaways You Need to Know to Get You Beyond 2022

We spoke with three TFS executives who were at MODEX to get their takes on the show. Here are the six top takeaways you need to know to get you beyond 2022. Everyone seemed to agree that automation had stronger representation than ever before, but even the more traditional technologies had morphed in new and interesting ways. In short, there’s a lot of exciting change going on.

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5 Ways Private Equity Firms Increase Value Via Third-Party Fleet Management

Finding operational savings and efficiencies can feel like squeezing blood from a stone. This is as true for CFOs as it is for private equity firms seeking optimal value from their investments. But as many dealing with material handling operations have discovered, optimization can be as simple as partnering with a forklift fleet management specialist.

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The Supply Chain Roundup | How to Prepare for Uncertainty

Last time, we said that “2022 promises to remain a rollercoaster” and that turns out to have been an understatement. While we can’t possibly keep you up-to-date with the firehose of information that is the state of the world, the Supply Chain Roundup can curate the most valuable and innovative takes on supply chains, logistics, and material handling. If you'd like to sign up to receive it via email once a month, please subscribe (if you don’t already)!

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7 Questions to Ask to Optimize your Racking and Automation Solution

If you work in material handling, you may feel like you’ve been staggering around a boxing ring the past few years. Every time you’ve found your feet, you’ve gotten knocked down again by the one-two punch of pandemic and supply chain shortages. Together, these crises accelerated issues that many industries were struggling with even when times were relatively good: labor shortages and the “Amazon effect.”

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The Supply Chain Roundup | How Material Handling Factors into the "Challenge of the 2020s"

As 2022 promises to remain a rollercoaster, The Supply Chain Roundup will make it easy to stay on top of the news by curating the most valuable and innovative takes on supply chains, logistics, and material handling. If you'd like to sign up to receive it via email once a month, please subscribe!

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