Running a logistics or materials handling company requires you to adapt depending upon the needs of your customers. Shifting thousands of items from one place to another each day is not as easy as it may seem. You will need to install an effective inventory management system in the warehouse and hire workers to move inventory from one place to another. However, you can’t expect your workers to carry everything by themselves. You will need to provide essential material handling equipment to them in order to speed up the work in your business.
Material handling equipment is designed to make it easy for workers to transport items from one place to another. Whether the items need to be loaded in a truck or simply need to be shifted from one place to another, they can be loaded on a specially designed trolley for easy transportation. Certain items are too heavy to be carried by hand. That’s why businesses tend to invest heavily in buying the right equipment.
If you are running a small business, it may be difficult for you to invest in expensive equipment. However, essential hand powered equipment is generally enough to move large sized boxes with a medium weight from one place to another. Most equipment also comes with detailed safety instructions, so it’s important that you guide your workers on how to stay safe when using such equipment.
Single Deck Trolleys
Single deck trolleys have a small, flatbed that’s placed on four wheels, and a raised handle. These trolleys are generally used for transporting oblong boxes from one place to another. The boxes can be placed on top of the trolleys, making it very easy for a person to transport them. Single-deck trolleys are available in many different shapes and sizes. They don’t have any borders along the sides, so the boxes must be placed neatly on top of the flatbed. Generally, single cart trolleys are made from reinforced aluminium or stainless steel. Not only is it very lightweight, but it can also bear pretty heavy loads as a result.
Three Tier Trolleys
The difference between these and single deck trolleys is the fact that the latter only has one flatbed for carrying items. As the name suggests, these trolleys are divided into three tiers, thus allowing you to sort items out before transporting them from one place to another.
If you work in an office, you may have seen the mail carrier deliver mail in a specially designed cart. The upper tier is used for keeping mail and is covered with a grille to prevent the papers from falling over. The lower tier is generally open and is used for transporting packages.
Electric Powered Trolleys
There are certain trolleys which are electric powered as well. This reduces the amount of force that a person has to apply, making it much easier to transport heavy boxes from one place to another. Needless to say, these trolleys are considerably more expensive.