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How can a Burden Carrier help me?

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While a forklift fulfills a specific and necessary role, a burden carrier can be utilized in its place for a variety of different applications and industries. By utilizing these low-cost, electric vehicles, businesses can greatly improve their operational efficiency as well as their overall performance. Here are just some of the advantages of allowing Barclay Brand Ferdon burden carriers to share the load:

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In The News: Dedicated Staff Spans Decades at South Plainfield-Based Barclay

We're proud to share this feature article on our team focusing on the many years (some decades) of working at Barclay that a large number of our staff has.

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In The News: South Plainfield-Based Barclay Committed to Customer Satisfaction

Barclay is proud to share that we have been featured in an article about our commitment to customer service. Way to go team Barclay for working together and living our motto “100% Customer Satisfaction.”

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Caring for Your Idle Battery

Tips for Idle Forklift Battery Care

Many customers who have reduced their workforce or temporarily closed facilities are leaving their forklifts and batteries idle. The purpose of this letter is to provide instructions to maintain batteries that will be idle or out of service for more than three weeks.

To prevent damage and reduced cycle life, batteries must be fully charged prior to extended idle periods. A small amount of additional care is required to ensure each battery achieves maximum life. Due to the differences in construction of Vented Lead‐Acid VLA/Flooded batteries and NexSys Thin Plate Pure Lead/TPPL batteries, separate instructions are required.

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Warehouse 101: Selecting the Right Partner to Plan, Design and Equip Your Warehouse for Growth with you.

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If your business distributes thousands of SKU’s to a high volume of customers, your storage facility’s layout and material handling fleet will determine your operational efficiency and revenue. When these key elements are planned and designed correctly, many companies have experienced an increase in sales as a result.

One of Barclay’s prospects, now a client, came to us after receiving unsatisfactory guidance from another forklift truck provider. They wanted to sell them a truck……we sold them a solution. The company was a small, local company that specialized in outdoor water sports and provided lessons as well. Here’s a closer look at how Barclay Brand Ferdon solved this client’s fulfillment issues.

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Barclay Brand Ferdon’s COVID-19 Response

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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., the Barclay Brand Ferdon team is taking several measures to support our clients during this difficult time. We’ve always strived to help keep your operations efficient and effective, and that’s more important than ever for businesses in essential industries like medical supplies, warehousing, supply chain logistics, food and beverage, utilities, and more. That’s why we’ve rolled out the strategies outlined below to keep things moving as you work hard to meet urgent demands from your own customers.

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How Do I Finance My Lift Truck and Other Material Handling Equipment?

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If you currently own or operate a warehouse, then you know just how important employing the right materials handling equipment is in improving efficiencies in your operation. Technologies are constantly changing and making sure you are utilizing the most productive lift trucks or other equipment is essential to staying competitive in this business environment. However, the purchase price of these assets are not cheap especially if you keep pace with technology and are turning your fleet every 3 to 5 years. At Barclay Brand Ferdon, we strive to help our clients find the right lift truck financing option for their business. Here’s a closer look at what to consider and the methods of payment we make available to you.

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Protecting Your Assets in the Warehouse and Plant

For any material handling operation to be successful, safety must be the number one priority. Yet time and space constraints often prompt warehouses and plants to create narrower aisles and taller pallet racks to store more product, significantly upping the risk of workplace accidents and injuries.

That’s why these businesses need comprehensive warehouse pallet racking protection systems. To teach you more about these safeguards, New Jersey-based Barclay Brand Ferdon outlines the types of solutions that will help maximize your gains by enhancing the safety of your workplace.

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Yale Man-Up Turret Truck Provides the Solution for a Freezer Storage Warehouse

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If your business operates in cold or freezer storage warehouses, you’re familiar with the unique challenges this work presents. As downtime in a freezer environment can be especially costly, any issues that arise must be met with a swift and efficient solution. That’s exactly what one of our clients – a popular food manufacturer based in New Jersey – learned when they encountered a challenge with their freezer space. Here’s a closer look at how Barclay Brand Ferdon solved their problem with a Yale Man-Up Turret Truck with a Heated Operator Cab.

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The Mobile Lift Truck Solution for Delivering Products Efficiently to Your Customers

For a commercial business to succeed, you’ll not only need to offer quality products but also have the means to transport them to your customers safely and efficiently. When this second task arises, many businesses opt to hire outside assistance, increasing costs and limiting flexibility and convenience. Those companies who choose to maintain their own fleet of delivery trucks then need to deal with how the product is unloaded at the customer’s location or jobsite. Delivering loads where equipment is not readily available and terrain may not be easily maneuverable provides a challenge. But an ideal solution is to attain a truck-mounted forklift so staff can load and unload goods wherever and whenever they need to. To help you learn more about this material handling solution, Barclay Brand Ferdon explores the logistics of truck-mounted forklifts.

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Choosing the Right Battery System for your Material Handling Fleet

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Whether you’re just starting out in the distribution and supply chain or your business has been in operation for decades, your lift truck power source can greatly influence your productivity, safety and overall fleet costs. With technologies rapidly advancing and with many options to choose from, it’s important to stay informed in determining the right battery or power source for your particular application. Here, Barclay Brand Ferdon will help you determine when to upgrade your fleet power and provide an overview of the best forklift batteries on the market.

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Hydraulic Lift Truck Attachments, Part Three: Distribution of White Goods & Electronics

In an industry as competitive as white goods distribution, lacking dependability and efficiency in your warehouse could cost you money. Saving time and space through matching the right attachments to lift trucks is a priority for Warehouse and Logistics Managers that are responsible for the storage and distribution of white goods, such as appliances and electronics. Barclay Brand Ferdon offers a wide variety of used, new, and for rent lift truck attachments that provide a higher level of productivity to the handling and distribution of white goods products.

In the final installment of this three-part blog series, we point out some of the current hydraulic attachment technologies for handling this type of product.

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Hydraulic Lift Truck Attachments, Part Two: Beverage, Beer, & Wine Distribution Industry

Operating a business that involves the storage and distribution of large quantities of wine and spirits requires quick, precise and safe handling and logistics.   There are many state and county regulations that Suppliers face that also affect how product is handled and the growing industry SKUs and unique marketing/packaging provide yet another challenge for the storage, handling and shipping of beverages of all kinds.

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Hydraulic Attachments, Part One: Food & Grocery Distribution Industry

One of the strongest and most consistent sectors of our economy is Grocery Distribution. Moving food that is often frozen or is on a timeline for freshness requires quick and efficient handling through the supply chain. Keeping it safe requires an even greater challenge. Barclay has spent years working with grocery warehouses and distribution centers on providing the right forklift technologies that are often equipped with reliable lift truck attachments for these applications. As part of a three-blog series, we examine how the latest hydraulic attachment technologies have helped the food and grocery distribution industry to optimize efficiency, improve safety and provide environmental benefits.

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Meeting OSHA Fall Protection Standards While Working with Aerial Equipment

According to the national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 887 workers died from falls in 2017 – the highest number of deaths since they started tracking in 1992. In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set forth new fall protection standards in an attempt to combat the rising trend of workplace deaths from falls. If you’re like a lot of businesses, you may still be working toward full compliance with these new rules, but it is crucial that you do for the safety of your workers. And it’s especially true if your employees need to reach high places with aerial equipment from Barclay Brand Ferdon, such as an order or stock picker, man up turret truck, scissor lift, boom lift, or aerial work platform because they’re at much greater risk of death from a fall. Here’s a guide to the safety standards you should have in place for workers using aerial equipment.

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Hydraulic Clamps vs. Pallets: The Environmental Benefits

Whether you use a lift truck to handle chemicals, baled paper products, or unit loads of wines and spirits, chances are you work in one of the many industries that can benefit from utilizing Cascade hydraulic clamp attachments. These specialized forklift attachments can help you eliminate or reduce your use of pallets, which is good for productivity, safety and sanitation, and cutting costs. At Barclay Brand Ferdon, we believe pallet-less materials handling is also an environmentally friendly practice that can help you move your business forward. Here’s a look at the environmental benefits of using hydraulic clamp attachments instead of pallets.

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Do You Have Internal Lift Truck Technicians? Take Advantage of Our New Service Training Program

Barclay Brand Ferdon is pleased to announce our brand-new training program for lift truck technicians. If your company employs in-house technicians to maintain your forklift and other materials handling equipment instead of outsourcing to a service provider, then this program is for you. The program is designed to make sure your techs get the proper operational maintenance training they need to keep your fleet running as efficiently as possible.

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Cold Storage Warehousing Solutions

The food and grocery logistics industries are growing rapidly. Thanks to new technologies, it’s now possible to transport frozen and refrigerated products safely across the country. One of the most crucial parts of the supply chain is cold storage warehousing. Products are preserved in temperature-controlled environments as low as -40°F. These freezing cold temperatures pose challenges that other types of warehouses don’t have to worry about, such as worker comfort and lift truck operation, all while still trying to maximize speed and efficiency.

Barclay Brand Ferdon works closely with cold storage warehouses to help them overcome some of the unique problems associated with storing food. Specific environments like these require specialized equipment that warehouse managers can rely on.

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3PLs: Third Party Logistics Companies and Needs for Flexible Materials Handling Equipment

A 3PL, or third party logistics company, helps manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers with product fulfillment and distribution. One of the main reasons why retailers decide to work with a 3PL is because they value the flexibility. 3PLs can scale up and down as client needs change and accommodate a range of product types. Clients rely on this flexibility because, without it, they could face major problems in their supply chain any time something changes.

When thinking about adapting and restructuring, a lot of 3PLs focus on software to help keep them moving forward. Efficiency actually begins with the warehouse equipment and with the workers who are operating them. Barclay Brand Ferdon explores why it’s so important to focus on those things first before prioritizing technology.

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Taylor-Dunn Warehouse Solutions

If you’re rethinking the equipment in your warehouse and whether you have the right materials handling solution, there is good news. Barclay offers Taylor-Dunn warehouse vehicles that allow you to move material, tow or carry a load, transport people, pick orders and more. These tools of the trade are excellent compliments to your forklift fleet that will help your company increase productivity and efficiencies.

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