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Loading Dock Maintenance Checklist

Loading docks are the gateway into and out of facilities, making their smooth and uninterrupted operation critical to both productivity and profitability. However, many loading docks and their equipment are not routinely maintained, serviced, and updated, resulting in frequent equipment breakdowns and failures and aging equipment that can no longer keep up with the demands of moving products in and out of facilities swiftly, effectively, and efficiently. Having a loading dock maintenance checklist and executing it through inspection on a regular schedule can save facilities money and time, because it can help identify equipment that needs to be serviced, repaired, or replaced before an equipment failure creates a crisis. Even though the initial investment in updated equipment, in some cases,...

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How Energy Efficiency at Loading Docks Impacts Your Operations' Bottom Line

Loading docks are the hubs of warehouses and, as such, can have a significant effect on how profitable facilities are. If operations costs are high, then profits will be lower. Operations costs can be managed, and profits improved, by being as energy-efficient as is possible in loading dock areas. By using technological advances in warehousing management and installing energy-efficient equipment in loading dock areas, facilities not only see increases in productivity and higher profit margins, but they also have a positive impact on the environment.  It's a win-win for everyone. To increase energy efficiency in loading dock areas, there are several simple things that will get positive results in operations costs almost immediately. Many utility companies offer warehousing and manufacturing...

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Will Self-Driving Trucks Really Change the Transport Industry?

It has been suggested that the transport industry will be completely transformed by self-driving trucks. Not all the news is excellent, however, with some transportation analyses suggesting that there will no longer be any need for truck drivers and the trucking industry as it exists today will become obsolete. The reality, however, based on a plethora of data, suggests that truck drivers and self-driving trucks will work together to transform the transport industry positively, and the need for truck drivers will increase as self-driving trucks come onto the scene, for a variety of reasons.   Increased Demand  First, self-driving trucks are not capable of – nor will they be for the foreseeable future – doing dock-to-dock runs. Self-driving trucks are...

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The Value of American-Made Products

  The value of American-made products is the combination of several factors that ultimately benefits all of us living in the United States, including customers who are buying American-made loading dock parts. Over the last twenty years, many sectors of the American economy, including manufacturing, have moved much or all of their operations out of the United States to countries where both labor and materials are plentiful and cheap. The reasons given (the real reasons are the financial benefits for shareholders and executives) to justify this shift of jobs and operations including the ability to buy goods manufactured out of the country more inexpensively in American and a burgeoning emergence of new, higher-paying jobs based in technology for the American...

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Becoming a Member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

  In an increasingly crowded online and offline marketplace, it can be difficult for customers to choose a reputable company to do business with, since that shopping space is inhabited by the good, the bad, and the ugly, with very little ostensibly to differentiate one from another. Becoming a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is an essential step that businesses who are reputable to distinguish themselves from the crowd. Not only does being a BBB member give a company greater visibility online, but it also inherently shows customers that a business is operating transparently and is willing to put their reputation on the line in a public venue. BBB membership also gives a business instant recognition, since you...

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