Return on Investment

Free Ways to Increase your ROI

In order to calculate a return on investment in your warehouse, it is critical to evaluate your work flow process. Is there a process that results in frequent errors or causes slow downs in the follow on processes? Identifying and correcting these conditions first will increase your ROI quickly, and have significant impact on your business operations. The goal here is to take a small amount of time to have a significant improvement in your profits.

First, in your receiving area, examine how many receivers you have. Lower costs by calculating if you can decrease labor to your busiest time slots. How many hours per week are spent on receiving? Streamline the workers to the peak receiving times and use a skeleton crew during slower times.

Ask Your Team For Suggestions

The people doing the work can see improvements on a daily basis and come up with ideas that can help them get the work flow moving more efficiently and faster.

Manage Your Inventory

Use a warehouse management system to gain inventory and warehouse accuracy so you can reduce stock levels. It also provides visibility to real-time inventory, which can potentially eliminate lost product and reduce overstocks.

Follow Up With Customers

Customer satisfaction is often hard to measure, but it is valuable. Having the right product to deliver to customers at the right time and to the right place helps increase ROI by retaining customer loyalty. A quick follow up in these fast moving times is priceless to your clients.

Improve Your Shipping Speed

How many workers are picking shipments and for how many hours? Can this be lowered? How many errors occur per week in the picking process and how many hours does it take to correct one error? Eliminating error every week instantly increases your ROI, determine the savings for this process improvement.

A few improvements will increase your ROI over time. Sometimes it is the simple changes that allow for the greatest improvements. Your company products will roll out on time, and both your customers and workers will be happy.

For a Free Operational Audit on more ways you can approve your productivity contact us!

OSHA and ANSI Training

OSHA and ANSI Training

OSHA and ANSI have requirements regarding forklift training to maintain safety for all people in the workplace.  Different workplace types and conditions are factors in hazards for forklifts. For example, retail establishments often face greater challenges than other worksites in maintaining pedestrian safety. Beyond that, many workers can also be injured when lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks; lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trainer; they are struck by a lift truck; or they fall while on elevated pallets or other objects.

It is up to you, the employer, to see that your operators and fleet managers are aware of the regulations and that your company is in compliance.

Operators that receive ongoing training are more efficient at operating your forklifts. This efficiency translates into more productive employees. Improved morale and efficiency gained from training will increase how much work each of your operators can accomplish in a day, and that improves your bottom line.  These best practices decrease the likelihood of injuries to operators and damage to equipment and property.

When observing operators using equipment, remember to ask:

  • Is the driver wearing a seat belt?
  • Is the operator driving at safe speeds?
  • Does the driver sound the horn when approaching blind spots, end of aisles or backing up?
  • When transporting a load, is the load 6” to 10” off of the floor?
  • Is the driver’s visibility blocked?
  • Does the operator use a spotter when the load is blocking his visibility?

Companies that do not emphasize safety and ongoing training of their drivers are easy to spot with this quick observation.  KMH offers training that fulfills both ANSI and OSHA laws. With proper training, you reduce downtime due to improper operation and provide effective, timely maintenance/repair of your fleet. We provide a range of forklift training classes at progressive levels to meet your needs!

All of this results in equipment that stays in better condition for a longer period of time, an increase in useful life of your forklifts, and lower operating costs.

We provide a range of forklift training classes at progressive levels to meet your needs!

Experience The KMH Service Difference

WE HAVE THE TECH IF YOU HAVE THE TRUCKS! KMH is the LEADING PROVIDER of forklift service & parts in your market!

  • Responsive service dispatch & 24/7 support
  • Factory trained technicians across leading lift truck brands including; Nissan, TCM, Clark, Crown, Yale, Hyster, Raymond, Doosan to name a few
  • 1st time service resolution rates greater than 90%
  • Painless service experience from initial quote through invoicing process!
Forklift Service
Pallet Rack Storage

Let Us Maximize Your Space

The type of pallet storage that best fits your needs is determined by a number of factors. A few of these factors include:

How much floor space is available in your facility for pallet storage?

How high are your ceilings?

What type of pallets do you use and what are the sizes?

How many different SKUs will be stored in the racks?

How often do you need to access the pallets?

What type of fork truck will you use to access the racks? What is the lift height of these fork trucks?

Now that you better understand your requirements, let’s take a quick look at the common types of pallet storage and the advantages/disadvantages of each.

Drive-In Pallet Rack

Drive-in racking is a type of storage system that allows fork trucks to drive directly into a bay. Pallets rest on side rails rather than cross beams, which leaves the face of the bay open. The uprights are typically tied together at the top of the upright to add rigidity to the system. The only difference between drive-in and drive-through racks is whether there is an entrance at only one end (drive-in) or both ends (drive-through).

Drive-In Rack

Push Back Pallet Rack

Using a forklift, pallets are pushed back on inclined rails mounted inside the racking structure. As a pallet is withdrawn, the pallet behind automatically slides to the front position.

Gravity Flow Rack

Gravity racking allows for easy sorting and distribution of commonly used SKUs, and is excellent for large volume SKU movement. Gravity flow rack also helps employees avoid injuries by keeping them further away from the forklifts that are operating on the input side of the aisle.

Carton Flow Rack

Cantilever Rack

Cantilever is ideal where ‘open face’ entry is needed. A free standing storage system with load bearing arms extending from vertical columns. This design allows for instant access to one piece or a full load and can be adapted for light to heavy loads.

Cantilever Racking

Double Deep Rack

The most obvious advantage of double deep pallet rack is its potential to increase storage density and maximize warehouse space. The ability of double deep pallet rack to eliminate unneeded aisles means more warehouse space can be used for storage.

Double Deep Racking

Pallet Rack

One of the most valuable benefits of pallet racking systems is its space-saving nature. The benefit of being able to easily access your pallets will help increase productivity and decrease frustration. Pallet racking provides easy access to inventory which will help your workers work better.

Pallet Racking

From pallet racks to drive-in racks, whatever your warehouse or distribution center needs in industrial racks, we can help you find the best solution at the best prices! Call us today 888-564-7978 or please use the form below to set up a free Operation Audit so we can start helping you maximize your efficiency.

Gravity Roller Conveyor

The Simplicity of Gravity Roller Conveyors

Gravity Roller Conveyors are simple but they’re also hugely effective. We provide a wide range of roller conveyors for different businesses and they are among our most popular products. They work simply and do not require any power to move items along, simply requiring a helping hand from the operator and gravity.

Gravity Roller Conveyors Benefit Your Business

Gravity Roller Conveyors are simple but they’re also hugely effective and have many benefits for your business, including:

Cost Effective

With no actual power supply needed, gravity roller conveyor systems are cost effective and work efficiently, saving money on the cost of electricity.

Modular Design

The modular design of the gravity roller conveyor systems mean they can be flexibly fitted into and used in a wide range of environments, even those where there is little space to work with or awkwardly shaped rooms.

Easily Attached to Powered Systems

The simple design of a gravity conveyor roller is also compatible with powered systems and can be easily connected to a larger system, great for environments where picking and packing is a key task.

Easily Modified

The main part of this type of system is the roller straights but they can also be modified in many ways with curved roller units, spurs and personnel gates easily added and included to create a bespoke system that works for your business.

If you are looking for more ways to use conveyors in your business, we offer a range of other systems that can serve you! Contact us at 1-888-564-7978 or visit our web site to request a free quote:

Forklift Operator Training

Benefits of Forklift Safety Training

There is a distinct difference between teaching someone something, like safe forklift operation, and truly training them how to perform the function safely and efficiently. A comprehensive training for your forklift operators provides you with not only protection from potential liabilities, but also enhances your operation.  Proper training will also lower your costs in terms of less damage to the products your operators move, and to your facility. The bottom line is thorough, documented and formalized training leads to better care for your equipment, your products, your facility and your bottom line.

Increased useful life and lower operating costs

Training not only in safe, proper forklift operation, but also proper inspections will result in catching small maintenance issues and fixing them before they become giant repair headaches. Knowing proper methods of operating a forklift results in less wear and tear on your equipment. Your equipment stays in better condition for a longer period of time and lowers operating costs.

Improved productivity

Operators that receive ongoing training are more efficient at operating your forklifts. This efficiency translates into more productive employees. Improved morale and efficiency gained from training will increase how much work each of your operators can accomplish in a day, and that improves your bottom line.

Better morale and improved “spirit” of safety

Employees that are professionally trained truly feel cared for, and they should! Each of your forklift operators is in control of a very dangerous piece of equipment. One wrong move could permanently change their lives or the lives of people working around the forklift. When they know you “have their back” and are not simply going through the motions to appease government, they respond positively by projecting that spirit of safety into other facets of your operation and will “have your back” by letting you know of other possible improvements that could benefit your company.

Comply with regulatory

OSHA and ANSI have requirements regarding forklifts. And ultimately it is up to you, the employer, to make sure your operators and fleet managers are aware of the regulations and you are in compliance. Failure to comply not only opens your company up for potential fines, but also for fiscal damages should an injury occur.

Optimize Your Warehouse Profits in 2017

Optimize Your Warehouse Profits in 2017

Think you’ve wrung all of the costs out of your warehousing or distribution center operation?  Take another look — even in the best-run operation, there’s generally still room to cut costs.  Any one of these ideas can produce thousands of dollars in savings. However, when combined into an overall cost-containment program they can often reduce costs by two, three or four times that amount.

KMH New Year’s Quick ROI Check List:

OPERATIONS

  • Target inventory accuracy
  • Pick a quality program and stick with it
  • Know what you are up against
  • Keep your processes simple
  • Examine your entire supply chain
  • Establish product traceability during the distribution life cycle
  • Get rid of excess inventory
  • Reconfigure racks
  • Minimize packaging

LEVERAGE EQUIPMENT ROI

  • Optimize equipment use
  • Consider short-term rental
  • Evaluate leasing rather than buying

LET TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR YOU

  • Consider a warehouse management system
  • Take full advantage of an existing WMS

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

  • Convert to high-efficiency lighting

At KMH we have a FREE Operational Audit to help you increase your ROI and show you how to implement it. Contact us to set an appointment and make 2017 your most profitable year yet!

IRS 179

Save 100% On Your Equipment

If you’ve been waiting to purchase new or used equipment for your company now is the time you can possibly get it for FREE. All you need to do is purchase your equipment and put it into use by December 31, 2016 – and we can help you with that.

How does that work?

The Senate voted to extend IRS Section 179 which allows businesses to write off up to 100% of the purchase price of new and used equipment. This Tax Break expires on January 1st, 2017 – so it will cost a whole lot more than free after that date.

At KMH we can help you decide what is the best fit for your purchase. Our Team will walk you through your options and you short and long term goals to make sure you purchase what will serve you best now and in the long run.

We can help you compare the needs of your business and which options will benefit you the most. With the Tax Break you won’t need to worry about scrimping on your most important items – you can invest in your future and get your money back at Tax Time.

IRS 179 Overview:

2016 Deduction Limit = $500,000

This deduction is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. This limit is only good for 2016, and the equipment must be financed/purchased and put into service by the end of the day, 12/31/2016.

2016 Spending Cap on equipment purchases = $2,000,000

This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced on a dollar for dollar basis. This spending cap makes Section 179 a true “small business tax incentive”.

Bonus Depreciation: 50% for 2016

Bonus Depreciation is generally taken after the Section 179 Spending Cap is reached. Note: Bonus Depreciation is available for new equipment only.

Warehouse Management Systems

Increase Your ROI with a WMS

WMS (Warehouse Management System) solutions have been a standard in the area of warehouse process management in enterprises for many years now.  In practice, every newly constructed warehouse is launched with a WMS implemented.  At KMH we give you a FREE Operation Audit to make sure we have studied every area of your business and the best ways to increase your ROI in the shortest amount of time.  Your ROI (Return on Investment) is defined as a profitability ratio used to measure the effects of an investment within a specified period. Such an analysis makes it possible to identify potential areas of savings and to estimate the time needed for the return of the invested capital. We carefully demonstrate in the ROI analysis what essential actions should be made concerning your decision to implement a specific WMS solution and why.

Based on our 40+ years of experience working with customers, a WMS offers the sort of rapid ROI that might make you wonder – can I afford not to invest?  At KMH we estimate customers will see a full ROI in 12 months but in some instances it is a lot less.

Ways a WMS will add value to your supply chain:

Full real-time visibility of all your stock, orders, and processes

Using a WMS allows you to gain inventory and warehouse accuracy so they can reduce safety stock levels.

Satisfy customers

Having the right product to deliver to customers at the right time and to the right place helps increase sales by reducing short ships, shipping errors, and missed deliveries.

Make the best possible use of available warehouse space

Reducing time spent locating product as a result of accurate inventory and a WMS helps with associating equipment to areas of the warehouse and appropriate work spaces.

Using a WMS allows distributors to define storage areas and bin locations in the warehouse. The system then manages product storage using the rules established for the facility. A better organized warehouse yields space savings.

Improve workforce productivity and accountability

Labor savings come in numerous forms, using a WMS delivers benefits including productivity.

Reduce wear and tear

Pallet jacks, forklift trucks, man-up trucks, and other materials handling equipment experience tremendous wear and tear. Using a WMS provides benefits such as:

  • Efficient routing of activity throughout the warehouse
  • Consolidated activity, such as wave order picking and zero bin cycle counts
  • Associating equipment to areas of the warehouse and to appropriate work
  • Managing and enabling pickup and delivery, also known as drop points
  • Reducing time spent locating product as a result of accurate inventory

Call us today 888-564-7978 or please use the form below to set up a free Operation Audit so we can start helping you maximize your efficiency.

JAXPORT’s New Rail Terminal Is Open For Business

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – JAXPORT’s new $30 million Intermodal Container Transfer Facility is now officially open for business.

The ICTF provides on-dock rail service to JAXPORT’s North Jacksonville seaport terminals: the Blount Island Marine Terminal and the TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point. The direct transfer of containers between vessels and trains speeds up the shipment process, offering shippers greater options and efficiencies.

The facility was constructed with $20 million in funding from the state of Florida and $10 million in federal TIGER-grant funds.

Rail that connects to CSX Transportation’s main line allows for two unit trains each day. Ceres Rail Services is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations.

Along with the deepening of Jacksonville’s harbor to 47 feet, the ICTF is one of several major capital projects at JAXPORT aimed at serving global cargo customers, increasing efficiency and contributing to the economic vitality of Northeast Florida.

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