A lift truck manufacturer or dealer also can recommend truck types that are inherently more energy efficient, which can help meet sustainability goals. For example, some lift trucks have both a battery and charger on-board, allowing for regenerative energy usage that greatly reduces battery charging requirements. A manufacturer or dealer could recommend fast chargers, or craft a transition strategy from electric-powered to fuel cell-powered trucks, based on a careful analysis of all variables, including cost, number of shifts and shift lengths.
No matter whether a warehouse or distribution center is brand-new or undergoing a substantial retrofit, it’s important for ownership and management to have clearly defined goals and objectives before investing any time or budget. Arriving at those objectives and crafting a project plan that ensures success and maximized return on investment requires consultation and strategic partnerships with multiple external parties.
That should include lift truck manufacturers and dealers with established expertise in developing viable solutions for multiple project and facility types. d
Brzozowski is vice president of national accounts for Raymond of New Jersey LLC, Union, NJ. Potts is national account manager for Carolina Handling LLC, Charlotte, NC.