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Introducing the WagonCaddyHD

January 27, 2015 By: CartPro Category: Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Products, Safety and Ergonomics, Uncategorized, Warehouse Efficiency, Warehousing

No longer will you need to expend extra time and labor transporting awkwardly-sized loads that don’t fit neatly on the cart. The new WagonCaddyHD from DJ Products provides a unique solution for easy maneuvering of difficult items.

Your employees are sometimes required to move large products or items that hang over the ends of the cart. The bulkiness and weight of the load makes it impossible to push manually. In addition, it’s difficult for a motorized tugger to reach underneath and grab the load. Attempts to transport the load can lead to damages, injury or both.

The WagonCaddyHD powered cart makes use of a side-steer mechanism that allows loads of up to 10,000 pounds to be moved safely and efficiently around your workplace. Since the operator is standing clear of either end of the cart, the overhanging product no longer obstructs his movements. Three 12-volt batteries supply enough power to last an entire shift.

Material handling tasks can often cause injuries that have serious financial and operational effects on your company. The WagonCaddyHD is designed with safety and comfort in mind. It operates on battery power, reducing physical strain on the operator. Ergonomic features such as a variable speed twist grip eliminate the harsh movements that can cause repetitive stress injuries.

The WagonCaddyHD is just the latest in Team Cart Caddy’s comprehensive line of battery-powered material handling solutions that handle applications from carts and dumpsters to trailers and aircraft. Use our online chat feature to get real-time assistance from our friendly and helpful Sales Engineers.

5 Tips to Improve Your Warehouse Team in 2015

January 20, 2015 By: CartPro Category: Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Products, Uncategorized, Warehouse Efficiency, Warehousing

When attempting to improve efficiency in your  warehouse, there are a lot of moving parts that require attention. You must manage the movement of incoming goods from suppliers, maintain accurate inventory, coordinate deliveries to suit your customer’s needs, and protect the safety of your personnel the entire time.

The new year is a good time to implement changes that will boost performance in all areas.

  • Ask your team for ideas. You probably have more experience and knowledge than anyone in the warehouse, but they are on the front lines everyday. While looking at the big picture, it is possible to miss seeing some crucial details that need attention.
  • Schedule frequent training classes. Humans are creatures of habit. It is easy to develop bad habits that go unnoticed. Formal training classes will keep everyone following proper protocol.
  • Use automation to lower injuries and cost. Motorized carts, tugger carts, and electric tugs will prevent injuries and decrease fatigue. Your staff will be more alert and productive throughout the day.
  • Offer advancement opportunities. Everyone wants to take pride in what they do. When team members have individual goals, it is easier to accomplish the goals you have for the whole team.
  • Cross train personnel. By understanding the different jobs and functions of the warehouse, team members are more inclined to work together.

Regardless of your industry or the size of your warehouse, DJ Products has the material moving carts, cart movers, or other tuggers that will help you operate safer and more efficiently in 2015 and for many years ahead. Call 800.686.2651 to speak with one of our courteous and knowledgeable Sales Engineers.

Hiring Tips for Hourly Warehouse Employees

January 13, 2015 By: CartPro Category: Business Tips, Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Uncategorized, Warehouse Efficiency, Warehousing

Most businesses rely on hourly employees for certain positions. Many workers simply prefer the flexibility and freedom of part-time work. For today’s managers, it’s crucial to get excellent warehouse productivity from hourly employees while operating an effective hiring process.

Here’s how to find the right people for the hourly positions in your warehouse:

Expect turnover when you design jobs. Mostly hourly workers want their job to become a full-time career, but plenty don’t. With turnover rates at around 20% annually, warehouse managers should create some jobs with easy training so the company does not bleed profits by constantly training new workers.

Recruit workers of all ages. You might be surprised at how many older workers are more interested in hourly and part-time work. Aside from following age discrimination laws, employers can get the best results by considering workers of all ages for various positions.

Recruit locally. Hourly workers usually look for employment within 5 miles of their home, so make sure to target local communities. Local workers are less likely to show up late or quit due to frustration with a long commute.

Be competitive with other employers. When applying for hourly jobs, most people submit applications to three or more companies. When you see a good resume, take action and get the interviewing and hiring process done quickly to secure the best talent.

To get the most out of hourly employees, you can also add cart movers to make the work environment more productive and safe. Find out how material handling equipment makes warehouse jobs easier and more efficient for everyone on staff.

Industrial Equipment Orders Rise and Strong Growth Predicted

December 23, 2014 By: CartPro Category: economy, Future Trends, Manufacturing Industry, Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Products, Uncategorized, Warehousing

The global economy might not be on solid ground, but that hasn’t stopped the industrial sector from experiencing increasing growth. In fact, strong demand for different types of industrial equipment has led to higher profits for industrial giant General Electric in the third quarter. Due to this growth, the company is shifting its focus to its industrial products and moving away from financial and consumer appliance products.

What does this growth mean for other industrial manufacturers and suppliers? It signals that this is an ideal time to take advantage of the rising demand for industrial products, whether that includes developing new products or expanding current product offerings. This growth represents a turnaround from the drop in industrial sales that occurred when the 2008 financial crisis hit. Back then, interest in purchasing industrial equipment waned as companies scaled back and looked for ways to save money rather than spend it. With the US economy on its way to recovering, companies are once again showing more willingness and financial ability to purchase industrial equipment.

The rise in industrial equipment demand is also something that companies who use these products should keep an eye on. Those who need material handling carts or other industrial products, such as the following ones, should see a wider range of items to choose from:

They should also start noticing improved quality and more competitive prices as industrial manufacturers and suppliers shift into high gear to keep up with this growing demand. This growth trend is also expected to continue in the next few years.

If you need cart movers, material handling carts or other pullers or tuggers, visit DJ Products. We carry a wide selection of industrial equipment for warehouses, hospitals and heavy industrial companies.

Plan Ahead for the MHEDA 2015 Conference

December 16, 2014 By: CartPro Category: Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Trade Shows, Warehouse Efficiency

The premier networking and educational event of the year is already around the corner: the MHEDA Annual Convention & Exhibitors’ Showcase for 2015. The material handling conference is scheduled two weeks earlier than usual, so don’t be caught off guard!

The MHEDA’s 60th annual conference will be April 18 to 22, 2015 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Material handling events and entertainment include:

  • Talks, Q&As, and discussions on countless industry topics
  • A keynote speech on improving your company’s culture
  • Resort accommodations with great food, golf & entertainment
  • Rare and valuable networking opportunities with leaders of your field

MHEDA scheduled the conference for April 18–22, 2015. That’s two weeks earlier than usual, so don’t miss this event.

Start at the MHEDA site and click through to book your hotel now to guarantee a room. The JW Marriott is close to the airport and features the TPC San Antonio golf course on site (not to mention the Riverwalk and authentic, gourmet Tex-Mex fare nearby).

Workshop topics include:

  • Management tips from a former CIA leader
  • Talks on workforce planning, customer engagement, social media
  • Getting the most out of CRM
  • Technology roundups and presentations

The 2015 conference appears to have plenty in store for newcomers and return participants. They even have a spouse event planned, so you can bring your loved ones along to enjoy San Antonio with you.

From rubbing elbows to getting educated on the latest technologies, the MHEDA conference is an event worth attending every year.

We’re always looking for ways to help you discover better productivity and efficiency in the material handling industry. If you want to jumpstart your warehouse efficiency now, talk to us about cart movers and other ergonomic solutions!