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WHAT E-PROCUREMENT SOFTWARE CAN DO FOR YOUR BUSINESS THE WORLD’S BEST OUTSOURCING COMPANIES

TEN PLACES YOU SHOULDN’T PARK THE COMPANY TRUCK HOW EUROPE IS CLEANING UP ITS PORTS

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BY BRETT BOOEN

February 2011

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REMEMBER THAT SCENE in the movie Forrest Gump rrest’s best friend Bubba speaks of shrimp in every ble way that’s known to man? If you don’t, Bubba, a hrimp boater, calls shrimp the “fruit of the sea” and in rest an all-inclusive menu of shrimp-related items. boil it, broil it, bake it and sauté it. There’s shrimp, and shrimp gumbo. You can pan fry it, deep fry it and hrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, rimp salad, shrimp and potatoes. There’s even shrimp ches. Then Bubba, almost dumbfounded, looks up at about it.” ne only because there was such a strong connection iption of shrimp and the picture that was painted for us when we asked them to discuss handling equipment. orklifts. There’s pallet trucks, walkie low lifts, rider low ere’s rider stackers, reach trucks, tow motors, fork hoists n’t forget about telescopic handlers, order pickers, flexi ee-wheel stand ups. as one of these execs closing the scene with a Bubba-like,

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Although Forrest had more ways to make or eat shrimp than he could ever imagine, at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that the shrimp tastes good. That’s it. Likewise, the same can be said about material handling equipment. When it comes to purchasing equipment, no matter what it is, the only thing that really matters is efficiency. There might be different styles and gear, but more than

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did thEy rEally JuSt ComparE purChaSinG manaGErS to a FiCitional Shrimp boatEr namEd bubba? you’rE damn riGht WE did!

ever, today it seems that purchases are made solely to address efficiency-related issue in much-needed areas. At this point you might be asking yourself, “Did they really just compare Purchasing Managers to a fictional shrimp boater named Bubba?” You’re damn right we did! We did so in the interest of showing consumers that when it comes to buying a forklift—no matter the make, model, or way it looks—the only thing that truly matters is its efficiency. Without it warehousing and handling operations can easily succumb to the costly and unnecessary constraints that plague efficiency
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hyster’s range of Forklift trucks

reports. But you already know that. All of the major manufacturers are coming out with funky fork lift innovations that are linked directly to answering the needs of a sustainable future. Innovations are applied to the lift trucks themselves, which in turn improves the overall operational capacity of warehouses, where lift trucks are most essential. At last, we are proud to bring you the Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to Forklift Truck Driving. The future
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of the materials handling industry is being led by innovations from companies like Hyster, Caterpillar and Toyota. What follows are three products from AAL Hyster, a company that we identified as a technology leader in the handling industry. If you like, you can read a more extensive report on AAL Hyster in the back of this publication. These are must-know innovations to consider before allocating a chunk of your purchasing budget to handling equipment.
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ForKtrACK
ForkTrack is an advanced online fleet management system delivered by AAL Hyster that delivers real-time reports about the operational efficiency of forklift fleets. An unobtrusive device found on the side of the latest Hyster lift trucks, ForkTrack features advanced safety features, driver performance monitoring and web-based reporting. With measureable results, ForkTrack promotes a strong level of fleet efficiency and it helps fully integrate the supply chain. With ForkTrack, drivers are not able to operate unless a seatbelt is clicked in, and its license monitoring capability ensures that drivers are in accordance with the latest licensing requirements. “Instead of being a reactive device, which a lot of the devices in the market are, it’s a proactive device,” said AAL Hyster Managing Director Peter Whiffen. “It’s a safety product that controls what drivers can and can’t do while operating a lift truck.”
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inStEad oF bEinG a rEaCtivE dEviCE, WhiCh a lot oF thE dEviCES in thE markEt arE, it’S a proaCtivE dEviCE

Peter Whiffen, Md, AAL hYSter

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BAttErY MANAGEMENt
The AAL Hyster Battery Management System is a solution to forklift battery problems. Electric batteries require up to 16 hours charging time, so the need for a fully integrated system goes without saying. Battery life and reduced costs are both benefits to using Hyster’s BMS. Combined with ForkTrack, the system can be integrated online to give managers detailed reports about the status of batteries.
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MoNotroL PEDAL
With the Hyster MONOTROL Pedal, operators are afforded a pedal system that deploys one-foot control for both acceleration and direction, which ultimately leaves their hands free for steering and operating hydraulic levers. It’s a simple innovation that ultimately improves the overall productivity of operators.

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