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Apr 17, 2014

Don’t Weaponize Safety

Safety should be a cause for collaboration, not for outmaneuvering an opponent....More
Apr 10, 2014

Forklift Life Lesson #7: A Forklift’s Surroundings are Dead Space for Pedestrians

Forklift operators can be life-savers in warehousing and distribution just by keeping people out of their way....More
Apr 09, 2014

In the Spirit of Optimism, Let’s Just Say Shipping Conditions Are Less than Optimal

Spring is in the air, so should we let ourselves get overly concerned that the Shippers Conditions Index has dropped to its lowest point in a year?....More
Apr 08, 2014

I’m Dreaming of an Overstocked Talent Pool

If industry-academia partnerships proliferate, could employers turn their skills deficit into a glut?....More
Apr 04, 2014

Podcast or Oddcast? You Decide.

Relive my 10-minute radio career, recorded live from MODEX. Then tell me what you would have said differently....More
Apr 02, 2014

Can’t Make a Packaging Engineer without Breaking a Few Eggs

Leave it to today’s college kids to turn throwing eggs into an educational experience....More
Mar 27, 2014

OEMs Talk Between the Lines on Lithium Lift Trucks

Forklift OEMs may downplay the immediate potential of lithium ion batteries, but it seems we’ve gotten to a point where if you come, they will build....More
Mar 25, 2014

The Kid Factor at MODEX

Guided vehicles bring out the kid in most of us. So when confronted with the idea of putting them to work, why do they suddenly scare us?....More
Mar 21, 2014

A Reader Tries to Trap Me in a Man Cage

Whether you call them cages or work platforms, the maker of the forklift to which you attach these should have something to say about it....More
Mar 17, 2014

MODEX 2014: The Big Inspired by the Small

The St. Patrick’s Day opening of the Modex Supply Chain and Technology Show generated a lot of buzz—without the aid of anything from a bottle....More
Mar 13, 2014

Forklift Life Lesson #6: OSHA's Picky about How You Cage Workers

People who don’t like forklift-mounted work platforms call them man cages. Used improperly, they can also be traps....More
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Mar 07, 2014

Forklift Life Lesson #5: Forklifts Can Induce Unjustified Courage

Whether used to rob a bank or take a chance, forklifts are often used to do things they shouldn’t....More
Mar 04, 2014

Winter of Discontent Could Become a Spring of Discontent for Shippers

Conditions for shippers seem to be slip-slidin' away as winter shifts into spring....More
Mar 04, 2014

Forklifts are Driving Energy Strategies

Forklift users and OEMs are finding ways around alternative energy cost and availability roadblocks....More
Feb 26, 2014

Turn the Tables on OSHA

Rather than fearing onerous regulations, take part in educating the regulators....More
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