Grand Rapids, MI: Rapidparts Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA), supplies service parts for competitive forklift brands and other aftermarket products to authorized Cat lift truck, Mitsubishi forklift truck and Jungheinrich dealers. Rapidparts recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a luncheon for the company’s employees in its 80,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Grand Rapids.
Executives from MCFA and members of the MCFA Dealer Parts Advisory Board joined Rapidparts employees in the festivities, complete with an iPod raffle, slideshow and memory books highlighting the major milestones the company has achieved to date.
“Over the past 25 years, Rapidparts has strived to exceed customer and dealer expectations by supplying high-quality lift truck parts in the most efficient manner possible,” says Jerry Sytsma, general manager of Rapidparts. “We appreciate the support of our employees and dealer network and look forward to celebrating future milestones together in the coming years.”
MinStar Transport Introduces New Double Deck Trailer System
Eagan, MN: MinStar Transport is excited to announce the launch of their new Double Deck Trailer System. MinStar’s transportation capabilities can help companies double the amount of freight carried on a single truck while reducing shipping costs.
“When designing new systems, we make sure to keep our shippers’ needs in mind every step of the process,” says president of MinStar Transport, Mitch Miller. “It’s great to bring companies this new system for non-stackable freight and see their amazement at the capabilities of the design.”
The Double Deck Trailer System deploys a second floor within the trailer which provides two levels of freight to be securely hauled in one trailer. Thus, shippers now have the ability to maximize floor space by hauling up to two loads in one MinStar Double Deck trailer. The system also helps to reduce fuel costs for shippers by only having to pay for one load versus two. This innovative system was designed to maintain full trailer width and is stowed neatly at the ceiling of the trailer.
MinStar’s shippers have taken notice of the Double Deck trailer system’s hauling capabilities. Although their system was designed for hauling rolling stock, many shippers have discovered the possibilities of doubling the amount of palletized non-stackable freight in a trailer load.
Shippers who will benefit the most are those that ship light non-stackable loads, such as rolling stock, electronics, paper products, displays and many more. The second floor of the trailer also has the ability to reach multiple heights at the same time for hauling odd-sized loads.
LeanLogistics Expands Into Europe, Welcomes CHEP To International Client Base
Holland, MI: LeanLogistics is pleased to announce its expansion into Europe with offices in UK and Spain.
LeanLogistics’ European offices provide sales and support for the suite of LeanLogistics technologies. LeanLogistics On-Demand TMS delivers exceptional value for organizations seeking ways to leverage their transportation process as a means of improving supply chain efficiencies. In addition, On-Demand TMS offers multi-language capabilities and specific functionality to support European regulations and processes.
CHEP, a global leader in pallet and container pooling, is a LeanLogistics technology customer in North America and is currently implementing On-Demand TMS in Europe to manage inbound and outbound truckload, less-than-truckload and intermodal shipments. CHEP’s 300 million pallets and containers support more than 500,000 customer touch-points globally. LeanLogistics and CHEP are both part of Brambles Limited.
“CHEP operates in 49 countries, so it only makes sense to implement the same technology throughout our other business sectors to manage our transportation more efficiently while reducing costs,” says Juan Pablo Negus, vice president of Logistics, Europe. “We selected LeanLogistics to manage CHEP’s millions of dollars in freight because of its proven success with our North American operations.”
CHEP issues, collects, conditions and reissues pallets and containers from a global network of service centers for global companies and brands, such as Procter & Gamble, Sysco, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Nestlé, Ford and GM, helping manufacturers and growers transport their products to distributors and retailers.