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How shipping a new or used forklift with third party logistics (3PL) can help your business.

Shipping a forklift seems like a complex process but, it is not as problematic as one may think. Sure, everyone can ship a package in a box, but when it comes to shipping a forklift many people are left scratching their heads.

Most businesses have some type of material handling machine like a forklift they may need to move to other locations and since many companies use these machines it is important to know how a 3PL can help. A 3PL company can be an asset to any forklift company, equipment dealership, or business that uses forklifts and needs to move them for the following reasons.

Expertise

  • A 3PL company solely focuses on transportation. Their representatives will know which questions to ask about your forklifts to accurately gauge the best way to transport them. A 3PL will set up all permits and details to move the forklift, and associated attachments, and batteries from point A to point B. A 3PL will also know how to correctly ship an electric forklift with an industrial battery installed or on its own. Forklifts can be oversized at times, either too tall, wide, or heavy and a 3PL can advise on how to best move that type of machine. The 3PL company will handle the pickup and delivery of the forklift and will ensure on time delivery.

Costs Management

  • According to Steve Syfan of Syfan Logistics most companies who manage their own shipping departments can reduce their transportation costs by five percent, and as much as twenty-five percent in some cases by switching to a 3PL. The company switching would not have to burden the costs of fuel, salaries, maintenance, and any overhead of owning their own fleet. A 3PL company can reduce their shipping rates due to shipment volume and economies of scale.

Managing Risks

  • A quality 3PL will be able to mitigate risks for a business interested in transporting forklifts. 3PL employees are well trained and experienced in the industry. Everyone from customer service, administration, to the drivers will know how to do their job effectively. Experience is the main factor here. Drivers and dispatchers will know how to safely secure the load, how to properly drive a forklift on and off the trailers, and complete all necessary paperwork for overweight permits and hazardous materials. However, some 3PLs may not be as familiar with shipping forklifts as others. If this is the case make sure the 3PL transporting your forklift asks these important questions. What is the weight? What are the dimensions? And what other materials will be shipped (batteries, LPG tanks, attachments)? These questions will make sure the company provides the correct truck from their fleet to safely ship your forklift.

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Early this morning, I received a text message from one of our sales people who said that a company had called in and that we were supposed to have 2 trucks at their location and no one showed up. This wasn’t a normal customer of ours, but I went into panic mode anyway. I flew into the office with reckless abandon, worried that I somehow had forgotten about a shipment. On the way in, I called the company who was expecting us so I could try to get some more information and I quickly realized they had contacted the wrong company. We have a similar name to another company and they called us by mistake. Once I explained to the person that we were not the company she was looking for, I took the opportunity to turn the call into a sales...

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It can be really hard to eat healthy, especially when you're on the road. We highly suggest buying an "On the Go" blender. There are so many smoothie options that you can make on the road that are an easy option for breakfast or lunch. Here's the recipe to one of our favorite breakfast smoothies: 1 cup of ice1 cup of fat free milk 1 banana1 scoop of chocolate flavored whey protein1 tablespoon of peanut butter or 2 tablespoons of PB2Depending on what protein powder you use, you're looking at a filling smoothie with only 200-300 calories. Another really easy breakfast smoothie:2 seedless tangerines 1 banana1/3 plain Greek yogurt1 cup of ice1 scoop of vanilla proteinIf it's a little too tart for your taste, you can add honey after blending....

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I hate the word "diet". Diet means a short term change in your eating behavior, and if you want to live a long and healthy life, you need to change the way you eat.
There is a ton of research that is available at our fingertips. It seems like there are millions of personal trainers with blogs and Instagram pages that will tell you "YOU HAVE TO EAT THIS, AND YOU HAVE TO EAT IT AT THIS TIME, COOKED THIS WAY!!" Frankly, most of it is bullshit.
This may look like a lot of information to some of you, especially the people who live off of fast food and truck stop diners, but it's really not.
These are a few keys things to remember if you're trying to eat healthier.

  • Stay away from processed food as often as possible. If it comes in a wrapper, it's probably not good for you.

  • If you can't pronounce most of the ingredients, put it down.

  • Protein is your friend. Whether you're trying to gain or lose weight, protein helps you feel fuller longer and gives you the energy you need to make it through the day.

  • Too much of anything is bad. Portion control is good. It's really that simple. Too many fruits can be bad for you, too many vegetables can upset your stomach, and too much meat can be harmful. An easy way to determine portion sizes is: 4 ounces is usually about the size of your palm, and that's one serving of meat. You need 2-3 servings of fruit a day, and they should each be the size of a baseball. Eat 3-5 servings of veggies a day (1/2-1 cup).

  • You need carbs to fuel your body, but a lot of fruit and vegetables already have carbs in them. Google it if you want to know. Use a MyFitnessPal or another app to log your intake; whatever you need to do to measure and manage your intake for awhile.

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    Global Transport Inc. is always looking for ways to inspire our drivers and our office team to lead a healthier lifestyle.

I feel like this is a no-brainer, but maybe I'm just more cautious than other people. Any time I am considering making a career change, I research the company that is hiring. There are plenty of ways to do this. First, I check out their social media. Generally, you can get a feel for the personality of the company just by reading their posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. You can also see if they're posting about non-profits or charities that they work with and determine if their core values and beliefs align with yours. Next, I'll read reviews on the company. Glassdoor, Indeed, BBB, and Google are all great ways to check reviews. If you're able to, see if you can talk to current employees. When I first took the job as the...

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There are so many benefits to spending time outdoors, especially if you live someplace like Cleveland (where our headquarters office is located).
When you live somewhere with longer winters, you generally spend more time indoors. This means that it's really important to get outside when weather permits. People who live in colder climates and spend more time indoors are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency. Having a vitamin D deficiency can lead to:

  • difficulty thinking clearly

  • bone pain

  • frequent bone fractures

  • muscle weakness

  • soft bones that may result in deformities

  • unexplained fatigue

Spending more time outdoors (while wearing sunscreen) is a natural and free way to ensure that you're getting vitamin D. Getting enough of this hormone (that’s right hormone, not a vitamin) is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system. Those who don’t get enough Vitamin D are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, cancer, and Alzheimer’s on top of all of the above mentioned side effects of a vitamin D deficiency.
Being outdoors and getting fresh air also improves your sleep and is obviously healthier for you than sitting inside (an office, a house, or a truck cab). According to the California Air Resources Board “indoor air-pollutants are 25-62% greater than outside levels and this difference poses a serious risk to health.” (source). Such health risks include heart disease, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and asthmatic attacks.
Sitting too much results in impaired fat burning capacity, decreased bone density, increased blood pressure, and a shortened life span. Exercise can help prevent or improve heart disease, strokes, type II diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and a host of psychological disorders. Exercising outdoors has benefits over the gym: people who run outside exert more energy than those on treadmills (and same for cyclists), people enjoy it more, and consequently, will do it for longer periods. Being outdoors and moving; even if it's just walking, can vastly improve your health.

Spending time in nature has been linked to improved attention spans (short and long term), boosts in serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) and shows increased activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love (whereas urban environments do the same for fear and anxiety). Being outdoors is good for the brain!

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Global Transport, Inc. is a company that truly believes in the importance of your quality of life.

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There is a common misconception that successful people are successful because they possess a special skill or gift that helped them get that way. This is not true and it can make the average hard-working person feel like they will never get where they want to in life because they don’t have that special thing.

I am successful not because I am talented or smart or handed down anything. I am successful because I care. When I interview people occasionally someone will swing caring as a negative or a weakness. They say things like “I care too much”. If you think that caring too much is a weakness then we are not going to work well together. I want people who care too much. I want people who care more than I do, if that is e...

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Something that most people don’t think about is protecting their skin while driving. The harsh reality is that truckers or anyone who spends a lot of time on the road is more likely to get skin cancer on their left side. “Nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers’, side of the body, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology”. In one particular kind of skin cancer, the distribution pattern was even more lopsided: 74 percent of all melanomas in situ (early, non-invasive melanomas that have not spread from their original tumor sites) were on the left. Invasive melanomas are the deadliest skin cancers, killing an estimated 8,650 people in the US ...

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Global Transport’s operations group in Brook Park Ohio, headed by Jack Holmes, received some awesome and unsolicited praise following the end of June. Our contact at Pentair Water reached out to thank Jack and his team for all they did to help Pentair reach their goal for June. Especially rallying to ship a huge amount of product on the last day of the month.

The team enabled this in a number of ways. A key factor was put into play months earlier when a meeting on-site with the Pentair team highlighted the possibility of Global spotting trailers at Pentair’s facility. These dedicated trailers can be loaded as their production allowed without being handcuffed by a trailer needing to be live loaded on demand. A real difference ...

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