30 Jan 4 Tips for Effective Forklift Fleet Management
Whether you have an operation with 1, 10, or 100 forklifts, one of the biggest keys to productivity is keeping a handle on your fleet. Without a well-managed forklift fleet, warehouse and distribution center systems begin to break down along with the equipment. When a fleet is properly managed, however, uptime is increased, cost of ownership is reduced, and operations continue to run smoothly and efficiently resulting ultimately in greater output and success.
All of that seems to be pretty common sense. Every piece of an operation has to be managed well in order for the whole to operate seamlessly. The problem with forklift fleet management, though, lies in the intricacy of the equipment. You’re not worried about just the piece of equipment, you’re worried about all the parts and pieces – the tires, the batteries, the chargers, the engine. How do you keep all that in check and still run a company?
There will always be challenges when trying to manage your forklift fleet, but we’ve come up with a few ways to take the edge off so you can be proactive in stopping problems before they arise and be prepared for the inevitable.
At the end of the work day, the key to successful fleet management is a thorough understanding of what is going on within the fleet. When you know where things stand, you can make adjustments accordingly. Rather than addressing issues as they arise, stop problems within your fleet before they start by keeping detailed records and reports and making informed decisions based off of the information they provide.