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Problem-Solving Guides from Toyota

September 25th, 2019  | 
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If you’re a Supply Chain Management Professional, you’ve probably got one thing on your mind: how to get products to market quickly and cost-effectively.

Your job is hard. Toyota’s experts want to make it easier.

Our free whitepapers share information, business advice, and problem-solving tips from professionals with years of experience in material handling and supply chain management.

Take advantage of this free resource to learn more about solutions for the evolving seaport, innovative material handling technologies, ports, and the ever-changing logistics landscape.

Material Handling Solutions for the Evolving Seaport

The three most significant challenges for material handling fleets specializing in ever-changing port environments are maximizing efficiency, managing port congestion, and optimizing fleet management. A material handling partner with innovative heavy-duty port solutions that keep up with the newest technological trends is the key to success.

Click here to access the full whitepaper.

Making a case for Innovative Material Handling Technologies

In a world where customers want their goods delivered faster and more accurately than ever, innovative material handling technologies are helping shippers meet those expectations while improving their operational productivity and profitability.

Click here for more information on innovative material handling technologies.

Ports and the Ever-Changing Logistics Landscape

In the ever-changing logistics landscape, port and yard tools must keep pace. The logistics landscape evolves rapidly, with disrupters such as Amazon, Google, and Uber driving change while abandoning “business as usual” tactics.

Moving goods from the point of origin to the final destination requires an increasingly integrated, orchestrated, and seamless supply chain, particularly in the era of the 20,000 TEU containership. Companies stay ahead of the game in the intermodal sector when they partner with a material handling solutions provider that has experience moving goods from port to end-user.

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We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or need advice, experts from Toyota Material Handling Solutions are just a click away.

Customer Spotlight: G.E. Forwarders

September 17th, 2019  | 
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Shipping containers are the standard vessel to transfer goods by road, rail, and sea. They’ve been around for a long time and haven’t changed much over the years for three reasons: they are simple, come in standard sizes, and stack like Legos™.

What Fits in Shipping Containers?

There are two standard shipping containers: A 20-foot container made to carry heavy cargo and a 40-foot container designed to have higher volume but lighter products. These containers can fit a ton of stuff. For example, a 20-foot shipping container can fit 100 washing machines!  

Less than a Load

What if you don’t have 100 washing machines to ship all at once? This situation is “less than a load,” and it’s where G.E. Forwarders’ experience and knowledge can help.

Third-Party Logistics

G.E. Forwarders knows a thing or two about logistics and shipping. The company started handling air and ocean consolidations, cross-docking, domestic and cross-border trucking, pick and pack, inventory management, and customs clearance for its customers way back in 1979.

Its talented management team has over 30 years of knowledge and experience with dangerous goods, perishables goods, automobile parts, Garments on Hangers, and fashion accessories.

As an experienced third-party logistics company, G.E. Forwarders is essential in its clients’ success. The company handles the logistics for its customers from start to finish and counts on Toyota’s I.C.-powered forklifts to help them get the job done.

Behind-the-Scenes at G.E. Forwarders

Managing Director Marcelo Mancilla gave us a behind-the-scenes look at their Rancho Dominguez facility.

“On any given day, we receive up to six shipping containers full of goods,” said Marcelo.

“Our job is to separate and distribute the products to locations all over the country. It can translate to 80 – 90 orders to pick, pack, and prepare for shipping every day.

“Reliability and safety are key factors when we choose our material handling equipment. We expect our products to function well with no downtime. Concerning safety, our forklift operators appreciate Toyota’s Active Mast Controller technology. It gives them confidence the load is level and safe.”

No Time for Downtime

When Marcelo said he expects equipment with no downtime, he was serious. He drove home the point when he told us about a recent situation with a client.

“A customer had a product mislabeled by its manufacturer before it shipped to our facility. They needed us to take 1,200 boxes of finished product separated by SKU and size, unpack it all, and relabel 19,000 units in a very tight timeframe. To figure out how much time and how many temporary workers we needed, we timed how long it took to relabel one piece and multiplied it by 19,000.

“It was tight, but we told the customer we could do it. It’s situations like this that make the reliability of our material handling solutions so critical.

“We signed up for the planned maintenance plan, and we expect our equipment to run. If we couldn’t rely on our equipment, we wouldn’t feel comfortable making promises like these to our customers.

“We pride ourselves in being great business partners, and we expect the same from our business partners. I cannot stress enough the level of professionalism we got from our sales representative at Toyota Material Handling Solutions, Rosie Burns. She is dependable and knowledgeable, and she knows my business and her equipment.”

Perfect Partners

Toyota Material Handling Solutions is proud to be G.E. Forwarders’ choice for material handling solutions and forklifts. More importantly, we’re pleased to be a partner they can rely on when it matters the most.

The next time you see a shipping container, remember it takes experienced, talented people and quality, reliable material handling equipment to get what’s in it to you. G.E. Forwarders and Toyota Material Handling Solutions are the perfect partners to keep products moving.

Benefits of Toyota Electric Forklifts

September 5th, 2019  | 
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There are a lot of forklift brands, so how do you determine which one is best for your business and your forklift operators? There are many reasons to consider Toyota, including results from a side-by-side comparison of Toyota’s 3-Wheel electric forklift and the competition.

We compiled a handy list for you to make it easy to see all the advantages of buying a Toyota electric forklift. Here’s why you should consider Toyota first when purchasing an electric forklift. 

Longer battery life. Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric has a 40 percent longer run time on a single battery charge than the competition. Click here to watch a video of Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric versus Crown and Yale. 

Industry-leading acceleration and travel speed. Toyota’s 3-Wheel electric is 23 percent faster in travel speed. 

More energy efficient. Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric is 15 percent more energy efficient than the competition. 

Faster lift and lower speeds. Toyota’s 3-Wheel electric is eight percent faster in average lift/lower speed. 

Cold storage model. Toyota’s Small 4-Wheel Electric model is designed for cold storage applications and can be used in a freezer at temperatures to -4° F (-20° C) continuously. 

Indoor and outdoor solution. Instead of supplementing your indoor electric fleet with IC counterparts for your outdoor application, Toyota’s Electric Pneumatic provides an all-electric option for both indoor and outdoor use. 

Rust-proof model. Toyota offers a rust-proof model for extra protection on components prone to rust when exposed to moisture or corrosive elements such as salt, water, or brine. 

T-Matics Vehicle Management System. Toyota’s Vehicle Management System tracks impacts, utilization, and maintenance schedules. 

Built in the U.S., Toyota began building forklifts in Columbus, Indiana, in 1990 and celebrated its 500,000th forklift built in the U.S. in 2015. Click here to watch a short video of the milestone forklift delivered to paper and packaging manufacturer RockTenn. 

#1 Selling forklift since 2002. Toyota has been named the number one selling forklift by Modern Materials Handling magazine since 2002. Click here to see the 2019 list of Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers.  

Watch it in action. Click here to watch Toyota’s electric forklifts make light work of lifting and moving racks of heavy tires at Falken’s New Jersey distribution center. 

Have questions or want to learn more? Contact us today! Let us prove why we are the best partner for all your material handling solutions.