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Creating Bridges in the Material Handling Industry

Andrea Curreri Quite simply, a bridge is a structure built to span a physical obstacle in order to provide an object passage over that obstacle. This obstacle could be a valley, a road or a body of water and the object could be people, vehicles or information. In the world of material handling, this obstacle … Continue reading Creating Bridges in the Material Handling Industry

MHEDA 55th Annual Convention – The Rules Have Changed

In attending MHEDA’s 55th Annual Convention (May 1st – 5th, 2010) at the Marriott Marco Island Resort and Spa on beautiful Marco Island, Florida, we learned that indeed the rules have changed; and if we want to not only survive but thrive as well, we all need to keep up with the changing climate. The … Continue reading MHEDA 55th Annual Convention – The Rules Have Changed

Strategic Dealers

We talked about trust and communication among dealers and manufacturers in our last blog, and there still seemed much more to explore on this topic. This week’s blog will focus on building strategic dealer relationships. Strategic relationships create strong partnerships and support for each other’s businesses and provide better service to the end user. In … Continue reading Strategic Dealers

Building Trust and Communication in Dealer – Distribution Partner Relationships

Channel relationships are born out of a natural desire to create and sell winning products and to garner greater market share from the competition. There are tremendous opportunities for both the manufacturer and distributor to create stellar business relationships and capitalize on the joint advantages that neither one could gain alone. However, current market forces … Continue reading Building Trust and Communication in Dealer – Distribution Partner Relationships

Steel prices shoot up

The manufacturing sector is about to be hit by a sudden hike in steel prices. It is speculated that the cost of steel will increase by about a third of its price. This type of inflation will affect every industry from automobile manufacturers to kitchen appliance makers that use steel as a major form of … Continue reading Steel prices shoot up

Tuning into Email Best Practices

As a new generation of web-savvy workforce enters the material handling industry, more communication will be through emails, text messaging, instant messaging, social media, discussion forums, podcasts, webinars, web conferencing, and blogs…. the list is endless. A greater percentage of collaboration and exchange of information will be virtual, with very little face-to-face meetings. As information … Continue reading Tuning into Email Best Practices

Sustainability in the Supply Chain

April of 2010 will see an impressive gathering of buyers from the material handling and logistics industry at the 2010 North American Material Handling and Logistics Show (NA 2010) at Cleveland’s I-X Center. What caught my eye as I scanned for more information on this show was the seminar topic – The Business Case for … Continue reading Sustainability in the Supply Chain

How to Move a Portable Forklift Ramp – Mobile Yard Ramp

A mobile yard ramp or portable forklift ramp can be moved around on the jobsite.  Hence the name.  There are a couple of ways to move them.  Here at Bluff we offer either a “tow bar” or a “ramp-clamp” included in the cost of the mobile yardramp itself. A tow bar is attached to the … Continue reading How to Move a Portable Forklift Ramp – Mobile Yard Ramp

Earning Customer Loyalty

This is a reprint from the MHEDA Edge In the late 1960s, I stormed into the office of Ed Quintana, then the owner of Cisco Material Handling in Dallas, Texas. Ed was my boss and I was venting to him. I had drawn a layout for a warehouse operation where I had saved a considerable … Continue reading Earning Customer Loyalty