Modern Materials Handling Magazine Archives

August 2022 Modern Materials Handling

In this Issue:

  • Innovation & automation at DHL Supply Chain
  • Reader Survey: Who's buying and using lift trucks in 2022?
  • Special Report: Top 20 lift truck suppliers
  • Lift Truck Series: Electric rider pallet trucks
  • Information Management: Autonomous lift trucks
One of the world’s most innovative supply chain organizations believes the time is right for autonomous lift trucks—in the right application.
Peerless Media Group’s annual “Lift Truck Acquisition and Usage Study” finds that 63% of companies will be buying or leasing new lift trucks within the next two years.
In this issue, we learn that one of the world’s most innovative supply chain organizations believes the time is right for autonomous lift trucks; we offer our annual deep dive into the Top 20 lift truck suppliers; we roll out our annual reader survey that illustrates the state of lift truck usage and investment; and we learn that even an autonomous lift truck fleet is going to need some level of human oversight.
What a difference a year makes in lift truck sales. While the first hard months of the global pandemic in 2020 blunted demand for new trucks, during 2021, sales were back. Our annual list serves as a useful measuring stick for this year-over-year change, with overall revenue growth in 2021 for those on this year’s list topping 18%.
Several recent developments here include center-rider cabs, lithium-ion batteries and autonomous operating systems. But perhaps most important is improved operator confidence.
Operations are deploying autonomous lift trucks to offset pressures like rising order volumes and the inability to secure enough skilled operators. The ironic tinge here is that even though industry needs robots, it turns out the robots need people.
The supply chain is undoubtedly getting greener thanks to corporate commitment and the right technology.
Our editor sat down with Maya Xiao to discuss the current and future lift truck industry.
Some elements of training programs are a must, like the need for hands-on instruction, but lift truck OEMs are evolving training in areas like providing smaller chunks of classroom content and training people to support deployment of autonomous trucks.
Companies looking to use a Cloud-based unified approach to their marking and coding systems have options like never before.
For Duratrack, manufacturer of track and trolley systems, the right lift equipment eased the physical burdens of moving heavy loads in production areas, while other equipment helped with narrow-aisle storage and order picking.
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Hy-Tek Intralogistics and Hai Robotics announce partnership
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KPI Solutions expands with a new Atlanta office
Supply chain consulting, software, systems integration, and automation supplier says new location extends its resources for Eastern U.S. clients and technology partners

Manufacturing declines for the seventh straight month in May, says ISM
The report’s key metric, the PMI, registered a 46.9 reading (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), falling 0.2% off of April’s 47.1 reading.

National Forklift Safety Day coming up on June 13
Organized by the Industrial Truck Association, National Forklift Safety Day focuses on the importance of lift truck operator safety training, with a live event in Washington, DC, and virtual/streamed component as well.

Made4net acquired by Ingka Group, with global software rollout with IKEA coming
Acquisition by investment arm of company which operates over 480 IKEA stores is expected to accelerate investment in Made4net’s supply chain software platform, and expand Made4net's global customer footprint.

Automate 2023 analysis: Simplicity and speed will further robotics uptake
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CLARK Material Handling Co. names J. Michael Binnie as COO/CAO for North America operations
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Savant WMS and Locus Robotics partner on integration
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Equipment leasing survey: April new business volume down 8% year-over-year
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s monthly survey also sees decline in new business volume versus March

enVista joins Manhattan Associates’ partner program as Gold Partner
Manhattan Associates recognizes enVista as a trusted partner and third-party integrator of its software solutions suite

OTTO Motors unveils North American certified dealer network
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Rockwell Automation partners with autonox Robotics
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