In case you missed it, the June issue of Building Products Digest included an article by Trinton Castetter, product marketing specialist for Toyota Material Handling, entitled, “3 Tips for improving lumberyard efficiency.” What did Castetter suggest?
- “Increase margins by reducing operating costs. Being strategic about where to place what product can reduce drive time, leading to less spending on fuel and maintenance. A better layout could mean better profits.
- Think ahead to reduce time. While maintaining the best routes in your lumberyard is important, you can also optimize the process of preparing loads to be shipped. Pre-planning the material flow through your lumberyard can shorten lead times and increase productivity.
- Driving surfaces take on wear and tear at a fast rate. Uneven surfaces or debris from lumber can cause damage to your material handling equipment. Yard maintenance is just as important as forklift maintenance.”
Operating an efficient and productive lumberyard is no small undertaking. “To maintain a competitive advantage, rethink your operation, shorten lead times, and eliminate costly downtime.” Visit www.building-products.com for the entire article.