Standish, MI -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/18/2014 -- State-of-the-art hand truck design that combines six wheels, a lightweight aluminum frame and integrated plastic half pallets with a hydraulic lift are capturing a great deal of media attention. By allowing for 360-degree maneuverability in store aisles and half pallets, drivers are better able to get through narrow entryways. Also delivery orders are expedited when built directly onto a pallet and then loaded into trailers using traditional forklifts with a special pallet adapter. A new delivery solutions newsletter, Delivering Excellence reports on the quality of material handling processes at delivery to retail outlets.
The newsletter discussed the total system involved in direct store delivery (DSD); one must consider the health and safety of workers, product damage and quality of service, and the most cost-effective way to deliver products. Workers who have fewer injuries stay on the job longer, remain productive, and benefit everyone. Even the types of injuries sustained can be significantly minimized using best-practice solutions.
Product quality is improved whenever product touches are eliminated, resulting in less risk of product breakage or damage. An improvement in service quality can be measured by a reduction in returns, the agility to deliver multiple store formats, and by servicing customers more effectively.
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Magline, Inc. (http://www.magliner.com) manufactures a complete line of innovative lightweight route distribution solutions under the Magliner brand. Recently named one of the Great Supply Chain Projects of 2013 according to Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Magliner solutions are used in the beer, soft drink, food service, parcel delivery, home healthcare, and other distribution industries. Magline also offers implementation consulting and solutions for reducing service times and eliminating waste during deliveries. Magline is at the forefront of developing products that address the unique material handling requirements from distribution centers to delivery. Magline is the leader in hand trucks worldwide and has a strong dealer base in various regions domestically, as well as internationally. Magline was named a finalist in the MHI Innovation Award. Follow Magline on Twitter at @MaglineInc.