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Speaker 1 (00:19):
The way you set up and use racking within your warehouse, can either help or hurt your efficiency and productivity, particularly when it comes to forklifts and other material- handling equipment operating within your racking system. Increasing efficiency and productivity, means strategically placing product and using the right kind of racking for your specific industry. It also means using the right forklifts and other material-handling equipment. Many effective distribution centers utilize two to three different types of racking, depending on product. Effective distribution centers utilize the full clear height of the building, which is typically 18 inches below the lowest point of the ceiling. It’s always necessary to select storage racks, based on the kind of inventory you’re storing and to place your fastest-moving skews together and in the most accessible places. Most Toyota dealers offer various racking solutions, everything from push-back racking to conveyor systems. Toyota dealers routinely perform a site survey visit to gather specific information.
Speaker 1 (01:20):
This helps not only with racking, but can also tell you which forklifts and other material-handling equipment will be most effective within your application. For instance, if you have high volume inventory of specific skews, a pushback racking system might be the best option for you. Toyota’s single or double reach truck is a popular option for large pushback racking systems and the Walkie Reach Truck is common on a smaller scale. Traditional forklifts can be used, but struggle with loads sometimes being out of reach. If you don’t have high volume inventory of specific skews or you prefer to retain flexibility for expansion, a basic RiveTier shelving might be your best option. RiveTier shelving can be accessed with most forklifts, but verify your aisle widths to allow forklifts to fully turn 90 degrees with a load to stack or retrieve a pallet.
Speaker 1 (02:10):
Often, warehouses used both pushback and RiveTier racking systems to accommodate different skews. No two warehouse’s racking systems will be exactly the same, as the most effective systems are dependent on the type and scale of work. Take a look around your warehouse or distribution center. Is your inventory moving as efficiently as it should? Call your local Toyota forklift dealer to schedule a site survey visit and to learn more about racking systems and which forklifts are best for your needs. For additional information, visit Toyotaforklifts.com.