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Warehouse Dock Design Best Practices

  • Believe it or not, holiday shopping (and shipping!) season is right around the corner. You may have your inventory management down pat and a good handle on your materials handling, but if your loading dock isn’t optimized your whole supply chain could suffer. Whether you’re building a new warehouse or taking a closer look at what you currently have it’s important to focus on some factors that could make or break your design -- including elements like usage, safety, maintenance,…

    Is Your Warehouse Wasting Money?

  • How many people in a single supply chain depend on your warehouse management, including your own organization? When it comes to growing margins and optimizing logistics, it’s crucial to look at areas where your warehouse could be improving efficiency and cutting costs -- a win-win for everyone. Outdated and costly practices within your warehouse mean your customers don’t get their product as quickly. This could be a profit-buster in the age of lightning-fast delivery from eCommerce giants. Take a look…

    Forklift Maintenance Best Practices and Tips and Tricks

  • There’s no doubt that warehouse management strategies come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing that’s universal is a comprehensive approach to equipment maintenance -- and that’s non-negotiable. Of all the equipment used in a manufacturing facility or warehouse on a daily basis, the forklift is probably the one that is depended on the most to keep things flowing and moving efficiently and safely. Think about this: What would happen to your supply chain if suddenly your warehouse forklifts…

    Why Do You Need to Ventilate Your Warehouse?

  • In addition to employee safety, proper storage, and loss prevention, you have a number of other concerns when you’re operating a warehouse. How can proper ventilation help with those concerns? And why are HVLS (High Volume Low Speed) fans — like the MacroAir HVLS fans from Benco Industrial Equipment — the right tool for the job? We’ve got the answers (and the gear) you need. (more…)

    5 Ways to Prevent A Forklift from Overturning

  • The forklift was invented in 1906 to help the Pennsylvania Railroad handle baggage. Much has changed in the years since, with forklifts becoming more powerful, more capable, and more common. Even though the technology has evolved over the years, the law of gravity remains the same — and with it, forklift injuries and deaths are still all too common. OSHA statistics cite nearly 35,000 serious and 61,000 non-serious injuries per year and an average of 82 deaths due to forklifts,…
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    How to Prevent Expensive Forklift Repairs

  • A new forklift doesn’t come cheap, with costs often running well into six digits. However, that isn’t the only cost for forklift owners. Repairs cost money — both parts and labor — but even that misses a significant part of the equation. Every minute of downtime your equipment experiences is costing you money too. A recent survey from the Rand Group indicated that an hour of downtime can cost an organization up to $100,000. If that number seems high, ask…
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    Achieving Proper Weight Distribution

  • When you walk through your warehouse, are you filled with confidence, or with dread? If you’ve planned and designed your warehouse shelving properly, you can be confident that you’re maximizing every square inch and cubic foot available to you. But if your racking and shelves have been kludged together, they may be sagging under the weight of your product — literally. Getting weight distribution right will help you prevent injuries and lost product, and will even save you money over…
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    5 Creative Warehouse Storage Tips to Save Space and Maximize Efficiency

  • No matter how well you’ve organized your warehouse racking, that organization is also a snapshot in time; it may have suited you perfectly once, but if your business has grown or evolved, your warehouse layout and storage needs to evolve right along with it. Benco Industrial Equipment can lend a hand when it’s time to move to that next level. (more…)

    7 Ways to Improve Your Warehouse Space Utilization

  • There are as many “words of wisdom” on how to lay out a warehouse as there are warehouses. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. Maintaining a warehouse is a significant expense. And the consequences for laying out your warehouse improperly are steep. You lose time and money on each order, which adds up fast. And if you run out of space and need to look for more warehouse space, that’s a big expense. In other words: Using your warehouse space…

    Keeping Your Warehouse Dock Safe During the Winter

  • It gets cold here in Missouri come winter. No matter what you do or where you’re going, you’re sure to feel the sting of Old Man Winter when you step outside. But in a warehouse, with wide-open spaces and frequently opening dock doors, the cold weather has a way of digging just a bit deeper into your bones. So for those of you tasked with managing a warehouse, how do you keep your workers safe during the winter months? What…

    Safety and Your Warehouse Shelving

  • You’ve got equipment coming in and out, forklifts going here and there, and employees intermixed among it all. In short, you’ve got plenty to think about when it comes to safety as it is. But among all those moving parts and people, it’s the things that stay in place that pose one of the biggest risks in your warehouse: your warehousing shelving. If a rack comes down, it could spell disaster. We’ve put together some guidelines to help you avoid…

    Knowing When to Conduct Forklift Maintenance

  • The key to getting the most out of your forklift and maximizing its lifespan is to keep up with regular preventative maintenance. Remember when you bought your first car and a stern older relative informed you that keeping up with your oil changes and tire rotations would save you money and help you avoid costly repairs? The same is true for the forklifts in your warehouse. Unfortunately, there’s much less common wisdom—i.e. “Change your oil every 3,000 miles”—for forklifts than…

    Keeping Your Warehouse Dock Secure

  • When someone is on the outside of your business looking in, what message is your warehouse sending? You want your business to be inviting to your clients, but you don’t want someone who would do your business harm to see a target of opportunity. A secure warehouse dock means a safer business, safer assets, and — most importantly — safer employees. If you’re a St. Louis area business trying to secure your warehouse, Benco Industrial Equipment is here to help.…

    5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Forklift Tires

  • Tires are a crucial component of any vehicle that drives, but they play a special role in forklifts. That’s because, unlike other vehicles, forklifts don’t have a suspension system. In your car, the suspension system absorbs the bulk of the impacts and irregularities from the road, as well as the weight of whatever you’re carrying, protecting both you and your vehicle. The difference between a smooth ride and a jarring one is the quality of your suspension. But when it…
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    A Beginner’s Guide to Warehouse Storage

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Warehouse Storage Your warehouse is the physical backbone of your business, with an ever-present effect on the bottom line. How well you manage your inventory and how efficiently you move that inventory through your warehouse will play a pivotal role in how well your business performs. So how do you make the most of your warehouse storage? Limit Space Having more space than you need is more of a hindrance than a help. First and foremost,…
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    Properly Balancing a Forklift Load

  • Properly Balancing a Forklift Load While a forklift is an indispensable piece of warehouse equipment, it can be helpful to think of it as akin to a seesaw, at least when you’re thinking about how it can be affected by different loads. But unlike a seesaw, you’re looking to keep your end of the forklift firmly planted. Suddenly launching upward in your seat is a far more unnerving experience behind the wheel of a forklift than it ever was on the playground.…
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    A Quick Guide to Warehouse Dock Safety

  • A Quick Guide to Warehouse Dock Safety Your warehouse is a busy place, with personnel, vehicles, and materials moving in different directions at all times. In this environment, it’s imperative that everyone be on the lookout for potentially hazardous situations. And while caution must be exercised throughout the warehouse, perhaps no area requires more vigilance than the loading dock. Not only is the loading dock one of the busiest areas of your warehouse, it’s also the most unpredictable. Not everyone…

    Do You NEED a Bigger Warehouse? Questions to Ask Before Moving

  • Let’s face it: You don’t want to invest in a bigger warehouse. It’s a large expense, with a lot of time-consuming research beforehand, and a lot of costly moving and reorganization once you figure out where you’re going. Now, if the move is necessary for your business, then there’s no two ways about it: Get moving. But before you shift gears into moving mode, take some time to ensure that you’re making the most of your current space. There may…

    5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Forklift

  • As experienced forklift dealers, we've helped plenty of customers through the buying process here at Benco Industrial Equipment. When you're working on getting materials where they need to go and products out the door, you don't have time to worry about your equipment. Investing in the right forklift will ensure that your logistics operations run smoothly and save you from unnecessary headaches down the line. Here are some questions to ask when starting your search for a new forklift. Where…

    The Benefits of HVLS Fans

  • High-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fans offer tremendous benefits, benefits that you’ll see reflected in your bottom line and in the moods of your employees. We’ll even go so far as to say that investing in MacroAir HVLS ceiling fans is one of the smartest things you can do for your business. It may very well revolutionize—excuse us—transform your notion of just how valuable your ceiling fan choice can be. But enough with the hype. Just what exactly are the benefits of…

    The Benefits of HVLS Fans

  • High-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fans offer tremendous benefits, benefits that you’ll see reflected in your bottom line and in the moods of your employees. We’ll even go so far as to say that investing in MacroAir HVLS ceiling fans is one of the smartest things you can do for your business. It may very well revolutionize—excuse us—transform your notion of just how valuable your ceiling fan choice can be. But enough with the hype. Just what exactly are the benefits of…

    7 Ways to Improve Your Warehouse Space Utilization

  • There are as many “words of wisdom” on how to lay out a warehouse as there are warehouses. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. Maintaining a warehouse is a significant expense. And the consequences for laying out your warehouse improperly are steep. You lose time and money on each order, which adds up fast. And if you run out of space and need to look for more warehouse space, that’s a big expense. In other words: Using your warehouse space…

    Top 3 Common Forklift Repair Needs

  • Forklifts are an essential part of a well-functioning warehouse. When you’ve got a forklift down, productivity goes down with it. When outages go on too long, you feel it in your bottom line. Here at Benco Industrial Equipment, not only do we pride ourselves on doing forklift repair well, we also pride ourselves on doing it quickly. We’re here to be a trusted partner to warehouses in and around St. Charles, Missouri. Not only do we provide forklift repair services,…

    Hyundai Forklift Heads to Saint Louis

  • Benco Industrial Equipment Adds the Hyundai Brand to its Lineup Saint Charles, MO – Benco Industrial Equipment, a successful material handling dealership in St. Charles, Missouri, recently added Hyundai Forklifts to its offerings, providing forklift buyers throughout the greater Saint Louis area first-hand access to the highly sought-after brand. The company, known locally as a leader within the industry, prides itself on its exceptional service, fair prices, and great work; and now with the addition of the Hyundai brand, Benco…

    When to Purchase a New Forklift

  • When to Purchase a New Forklift Thinking of purchasing a new forklift? Benco Industrial Equipment, a well-established, certified Hyundai forklift dealer serving Jefferson County and St. Louis, draws upon its decades of collective experience to offer some helpful advice: “It’s not the age, it’s the mileage” Indiana Jones fans may recognize this quote from Raiders of the Lost Ark, and it exemplifies the biggest consideration when thinking of buying a new forklift: how much mileage is on it? For our purposes though, we’ll…

    How to Increase Safety in Industrial Facilities Through Proper Cleaning

  • The following is a guest post contributed by ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning, a Virginia-based commercial cleaning franchise that specializes in industrial cleaning services. A clean workplace is more than just providing a fresh, sanitary environment for workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2016. Many workplace injuries and illnesses can be prevented by maintaining a clean, safe work environment. An organized and well-maintained workspace presents fewer…

    Forklift Power: Pros and Cons of Electric and LPG

  • If you're thinking about investing in a forklift or fleet for your warehouse, it's important to weigh up the pros and cons of both electric and LPG alternatives before making your decision. To simplify this for you, we've outlined these below: Pros and Cons of Electric Forklifts There are a number of pros from using electric forklifts as a load-bearing solution for your warehouse materials. Because electric forklifts are powered by heavy lead-acid batteries, these are often used indoors, as…
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    Buying or Renting a Used Forklift: A Guide

  • When you think about the equipment that you rely on the most in your warehouse business, there is no question that the forklift will be one of the first things that come to mind. The fact is, the forklifts within your facility are one of the most basic pieces of equipment, but operating without them would prove to be a major challenge. Whether you are short on forklifts and need more or you have some that need to be replaced,…

    How New Warehouse Racks Can Improve Productivity

  • Throughout the years, warehouse storage has evolved tremendously. From simplified shelves to tall steel storage solutions, there have been many types of racks to fill the space in warehouses to house all of the products and merchandise. However, the latest warehouse racks are proving to be much more efficient for warehouse business owners. If it has been a while since you have made updates to your warehouse racks, there is no time like the present to consider making some changes.…

    10 Important Forklift Safety Rules

  • Warehouse men and women should approach operating forklifts with a high degree of caution and respect. There are nearly 35,000 forklift-related injuries and 85 fatalities each year, according to OSHA. At Benco Industrial Equipment, we believe that worker safety is job one and as a forklift dealer we strongly advise considering these 10 rules. Qualified Operators Only Forklifts are a terrific piece of machinery to operate and many warehouse workers would like the job. They also seem reasonably simply to the…

    How HVLS MacroAir Fans Can Improve Warehouse Ventilation

  • Warehouse operators understand the importance of ventilation. Machines get hot, dust can damage the equipment and workers need comfort. For many, an HVLS MacroAir fan is a prime choice. Whether a warehouse is enclosed in metal or concrete tile-ups, it’ll get hot eventually. Today’s warehouse owners, facility managers and workers are constantly searching for top-quality cooling methods. Below, we’re covering the great ventilation benefits HVLS MacroAir fans provide. The Energy Cost Benefit HVLS MacroAir fans are energy efficient. In fact, a single, 24-foot…

    Five Basic Pieces of Equipment You Need in Your New Warehouse

  • The warehouse might be established, but you’ll need a few pieces of equipment to get it running. Every day, warehouse workers are exposed to hazards. Every day, high-weight material needs to be transported. Warehouse machinery, while used to reduce human resource strain, is a strong cost reduction tool. If you have a capable industrial equipment supply, you can optimize your entire warehouse. Get your warehouse started with these five basic pieces of equipment, and get your facility ready for operations.…

    Are You Saving Enough? Calculating the ROI of a Scissor Lift

  • As a decision maker, your ROI target is important. ROI—or return on investment—is useful for gauging your versatile tool’s success, fiscally. If you’re investing in a scissor lift, you may want to know if it’s making you money. While functionality is important, your business deserves a piece of equipment capable of earning money over the long haul. Figuring out a meaningful ROI can be challenging, but you’re not left without tools. We’re here to help you determine the ROI of…

    Choose Docks and Doors that Fit Your Warehouse Needs

  • Designing and building a warehouse means accounting for every practical function your workforce will undertake. You’ll need to think in terms of maximum space efficiency because that has a direct link to profitability. The type of loading docks and doors will need to mesh with the type of shipping and delivery vehicles you expect. You may also find a few customers with non-commercial vehicles that are important to your bottom line. That’s why it’s important to work with a professional…

    3 Signs Your Forklift Needs Tires, Blades or Total Refurbishment

  • Forklifts are like cars in many ways. They’re both powerful four-wheelers that require regular service and maintenance. Forklifts, like cars, also wear down over time and need to be refurbished to extend their lifespan and make them safer. The trick for owners may be knowing when to take on necessary repairs and when it makes sense to completely refurbish your forklift. At Benco Industrial Equipment, our professionals are available to conduct forklift repair and discuss your refurbishment options. Tires The average set…

    Forklift Sales, Service, Leasing, Repair, and Refurbish

  • In addition to our full inventory of equipment and supplies, Benco Industrial Equipment is the go-to company for forklifts. We specialize in forklift rental, repair, and used forklift sales. In fact, when the competition needs to get their forklifts repaired, they call on our expert technicians at Benco Industrial Equipment in their time of need. Our technicians have a wealth of experience, and are here to help with routine maintenance and emergency repair.

    Benco Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

  • As a proud member of the community, we believe in not only providing our customers with top-of-the-line supplies and service, but competitive prices. We provide upfront quotes on all repair services and strive to offer our customers fair prices on all our products and services. Finally, all of our services and repairs come with a customer satisfaction guarantee.