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What is a Turret Truck (VNA)? Basics 101

March 06, 2012
Filed under: Forklift Basics
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What is a Turret Truck (VNA)? Basics 101

A turret truck is specifically designed to do one task: operate in very narrow aisles. The turret truck is often abbreviated to VNA standing for very narrow aisle truck. 

Turret Trucks are a battery operated machine that uses both the electric engine, battery and operator compartment to counterweight heavy loads.

What is Lean Logistics? – Understanding the Concept.

February 01, 2012
Filed under: Logistics
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What is Lean Logistics? – Understanding the Concept.

Organizations are stuck in a constant cycle that pushes them to improve their business in order to gain a competitive advantage. They consistently feel the stress to reduce costs, time and inventory. One way that has proven to improve an organization substantially is a supply chain process known as Lean Logistics.

Are cardboard pallets the key to transportation success? Ikea dares to find out.

January 24, 2012
Filed under: Materials Handling
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Are cardboard pallets the key to transportation success? Ikea dares to find out.

Furniture retail giant Ikea recently announced they will no longer be using wooden pallets to transport goods, instead moving to the less widely used corrugated cardboard pallets. Ikea’s Sustainability Chief, Jeanette Skjelmose, states that the main goal of switching to cardboard pallets was to create a smarter transportation system, while also reducing transport costs. Ikea estimates this change will save them approximately $193 million per year.

Advantages and disadvantages of cross-docking

December 23, 2011
Filed under: Supply Chain
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Advantages and disadvantages of cross-docking

There are numerous factors that need to be considered when making an informed decision to implement cross-docking into an organisation. Every organisation has their priorities in terms of costs, warehouse space, geographical specifics, and product types. Therefore the advantages and disadvantages of implementing cross-docking into your organisations supply chain need to be considered and weighed up in order to make the right decision.

Plastic pallets vs Wood pallets

December 22, 2011
Filed under: Materials Handling
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Plastic pallets vs Wood pallets

Pallets are an important part of the materials handling industry used in most aspects of the supply chain. This type of packaging is widely used in the storage and transport of goods. Pallets can be made from wood, plastic or metal; each comes with their own advantages and disadvantages.

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