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Tuesday April 25, 2017
MHEDA’s 62nd Annual Convention & Exhibitor Showcase
Tuesday April 25, 2017
“The Engagement Experience” April 29 – May 3, 2017 The Grand America Hotel - Salt Lake City, Utah Are you 100% engaged with the customer, your peers and your organization’s mission? Living in the digital age means we are bombarded ...
Thursday March 30, 2017
Huddle up for ROI
Garry Bartecki
Thursday March 30, 2017
I don’t know about you but I believe that every issue of MHW supplies dealers with a substantial amount of “profit or ROI enhancing ideas” each and every month. I would hope that you take the time to read and pass around the monthly ...
Monday March 20, 2017
Solve for X - ProMat 2017
Monday March 20, 2017
Discover the latest solutions to move your business forward as the industry’s leading innovators showcase their manufacturing, distribution and supply chain equipment and systems at ProMat 2017 held April 3-6 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. ...
I annoy phone scammers
Art Sobczak
Monday March 20, 2017
This is hilarious, but maddening at the same time. I listened to a brief call with a guy trying to pull a computer scam on me. I love getting these calls since I get great joy out of screwing with them. This guy was obviously not cut out for this ...
Succession planning: It’s bigger on the inside
Caliper Corporation
Monday March 20, 2017
Doctor Who  is run like a business. On other scripted TV shows, when the actors age out of their roles or audiences get sick of looking at them, the show is cancelled. On  Doctor Who , the producers simply replace the actors with new ones, ...
Looking forward
Garry Bartecki
Monday March 20, 2017
I don’t know about you but I find today’s financial markets quite confusing, which makes it the tougher trying to plan for the future. Quite frankly, I still suggest keeping planning strategies close to the vest because the “markets” ...
Hamilton Caster has mastered the key to longevity in business
– a combination of innovation and consistency. This year, the Ohio-based manufacturer of casters, wheels, carts and trailers marks 110 years in business.
Eileen Schmidt
Monday March 20, 2017
Certain aspects of the operation remain the same as when it was founded in 1907. The business is located in Hamilton, Ohio with a decided focus on its roots in American manufacturing, the fourth generation of the founder's descendants are heading up ...
SWOT before you set that goal!
Dave Baiocchi
Monday March 20, 2017
Last month I wrote a column on measurements, and we discussed how important they were especially when treading through difficult times. Good times cover a multitude of sins, and in the intoxication of success we can, many times, find ourselves unhitching ...
Wednesday March 15, 2017
The eight question procurement cost audit
Helping managers become rock stars
Wednesday March 15, 2017
Many managers of schools, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and office buildings have never taken the time to see if their procurement strategies are saving or costing them money.  Several studies indicate that just one invoice can cost as much ...
Monday February 20, 2017
Measurements
Dave Baiocchi
Monday February 20, 2017
One of my favorite quotes from the late Peter Drucker is “You cannot manage what you do not measure.” There are dozens, if not hundreds, of business organizations in our industry that still do not understand this basic theorem. These companies ...
Buy…sell…or something in the middle?
Garry Bartecki
Monday February 20, 2017
No doubt about it....lift truck dealers as well as certain OEM's are interested in buying your dealership. On the other hand, there are just as many dealers interested in selling because demand is there along with low interest rates which benefit all ...
Quit talking about your thing
in unique value proposition
Art Sobczak
Monday February 20, 2017
Talking about your thing usually gets you in trouble. In sales, I mean. One of the biggest problems unsuccessful salespeople have is that they talk about their things right away, and it causes resistance. In emails, InMails, voice mails, and IF they ...
Gen Z: Coming soon to a company near you
Caliper Corporation
Monday February 20, 2017
Are you sick of the word “Millennials” (with a capital M) yet? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Of course you’re sick of it. People are so tired of reading about Millennials and their supposed need to feel special, ...
Women in Trucking celebrates 10th anniversary
Eileen Schmidt
Monday February 20, 2017
Ellen Voie has a specific definition of success. It is a female driver backing a truck into a dock and no one commenting on her professional skill. It is female engineers, trucking company executives, technicians, and truck or trailer saleswomen ...
Friday January 20, 2017
The course of the river
Dave Baiocchi
Friday January 20, 2017
At the beginning of every year most companies take an assessment of their progress over the preceding 12 months, and set goals and objectives that if obtained in the ensuing year, most likely will require managing a change of some type within the organization. ...
The future is NOW!
Garry Bartecki
Friday January 20, 2017
I have to quit reading all these publications I receive on the various email accounts I have open.  They keep giving me crazy ideas how to make more money in this industry, but at the same time disrupt the status quo. For example, I am looking ...
Akro-Mils celebrates 70 years
Eileen Schmidt
Friday January 20, 2017
70 years ago, brothers bonded their initials together to create a company name. Isidore and Louis Myers referenced their original last name of Schneiderman along with the town of the company's birth, Akron, Ohio, to name Akro-Mils. Isidore was put ...
How to revive cold leads
Art Sobczak
Friday January 20, 2017
Last month I was interviewed for an article on how to revive leads that have gone cold. In case you didn’t see that article online, I shared some useful info that might apply to you, so here are the suggestions I gave in response to the author’s ...
Is 2017 the year robots finally take over?
Caliper Corporation
Friday January 20, 2017
Hollywood has produced no shortage of films about robot rebellion over the years, but in the early days of sci-fi cinema, the malevolent robot was usually just a metallic version of the rubber-suited monster. It had no agenda beyond smashing stuff and ...
New technologies streamline warehouses
Mary Glindinning
Friday January 20, 2017
Probably before you see self-driving vehicles on the roads, you will see them in warehouses. The OTTO self-driving vehicles (SDV) are ready for use in warehouses, said spokesman Meghan Hennessey. Designed by OTTO Motors, for material transport, ...
Tuesday January 10, 2017
How labeling can help manufacturing companies compete in global marketplace
By: Bob Brown, manufacturing industry specialist, Loftware, Inc.
Tuesday January 10, 2017
Labeling today is complex; today’s manufacturers are faced with a range of evolving requirements that complicate the process—and leave many companies accepting this process as the cost of doing business. But it doesn’t have to be. ...
Tuesday December 20, 2016
Words to eliminate!
Dave Baiocchi
Tuesday December 20, 2016
When this issue is published, we will be closing the books on 2016, and heading into a brand new year. As a personal rule, I have never been one to participate in New Year resolutions.  99% (and perhaps more) of the resolutions that people set, ...
Ready for the 2017 financial rollercoaster?
Garry Bartecki
Tuesday December 20, 2016
I am going to start out wishing you HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A PROFITABLE NEW YEAR! Thought I would supply the greetings now because we have some serious issues to discuss this month, and by the end of this column the HAPPY HOLIDAYS may hold but the PROFITABLE ...
Managers, put your best foot forward
Caliper Corporation
Tuesday December 20, 2016
The pain started as only a dull ache on the bottom of the right heel. But then the left knee decided to join the party. And soon after, the iliotibial band on the outside of the thigh. Between doses of ibuprofen I thought, “Maybe my feet aren’t ...
“Shameless” sales tactics you need to avoid
Art Sobczak
Tuesday December 20, 2016
I had thought that today we were beyond much of the sleazy, deceptive tactics often associated with sales. But, sadly, I am wrong, as evidenced by an online article, “No Successful Salesperson Is Too Proud to Use Any of These 12 Shameless ...
Clark counts down to 100 year celebration
Eileen Schmidt
Tuesday December 20, 2016
At the top of the CLARK Material Handling Company website, a clock carefully measures the days, hours, minutes and seconds until an upcoming celebration. It won't be any run-of-the-mill occasion, but a global affair recognizing the company's 100th anniversary. ...
Friday December 16, 2016
Hacking people: Why your biggest vulnerability isn't in your IT department
By: Clinton Henry
Friday December 16, 2016
Last week, Chris stopped off at his local coffee shop to have a chai before heading off to a trade show to deliver a keynote speech. As he sat at his usual spot near the counter a heated discussion ensued next to him regarding the 3rd quarter ...
Sunday November 20, 2016
How is your year end measuring up?
Ron Slee
Sunday November 20, 2016
It is quite common at the end of the year to look back at the year just concluded. How did you do? Did you satisfy your customers? Did you have a good sales year? Did you make money? There is a long list of measures we can consider when we are asked, ...
2016 in review
Eileen Schmidt
Sunday November 20, 2016
As we wrap up the calendar year here at Material Handling, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have participated in the Your Business column in 2016. We designate this space as a place to turn the spotlight on you, our readers, to ...
What to do right now to instantly get _____ results 
Art Sobczak
Sunday November 20, 2016
A new sales rep joined a company in an industry he had never sold to before. Within two months he was kicking major butt and became the number one rep. By a lot. A few of the disgruntled and jealous reps who had been there for a couple ...
The “model” salesperson
Caliper Corporation
Sunday November 20, 2016
You’ve seen them … job postings for sales positions that range between wishful and delusional thinking on the part of whoever posted it. The list of demands often reads something like: “Must be a self-starter who is aggressive, ...
Close it and plan it
Garry Bartecki
Sunday November 20, 2016
I mean let's close out 2016 and get the plan for 2017 finalized so that you can start implementation on January 2, 2017. Are you prepared to do that? What I mean when I say "closed out" is the following, at a minimum: The banks accounts are reconciled ...
Turning on the “buy- in” switch
Dave Baiocchi
Sunday November 20, 2016
In my search for inspiration I many times turn to the quotes of legendary sports figures and coaches. My observation is that in order to rise to preeminent positions of respect in their chosen field, these leaders had to learn the best ways to leverage ...
Wednesday November 9, 2016
Application of blue LEDs in forklift safety - white paper
Wednesday November 9, 2016
1.0 Executive summary This report covers the application of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) in forklift safety operations. The objective of the study is to expound on the benefits of the fixtures, and its role in various commercial sectors ...
Tuesday November 1, 2016
Top five ways to incentivize your employees — the right way
Tuesday November 1, 2016
Incentivizing your team is a no-brainer. Make your employees feel rewarded and you'll boost their morale, making productivity soar. Give your sales team something meaningful to strive for and you'll ignite their drive. There are a lot of ...
Monday October 24, 2016
Keys to warehouse efficiency
Mary Glindinning
Monday October 24, 2016
Warehouse efficiency might seem simple: keep forklifts charged and maintained so product keeps moving. Know where product is and have product in highest demand in the most accessible place. Keep conveyors clean and people safe to operate at optimum ...
Why modern warehousing needs innovation in battery charging technology
Monday October 24, 2016
By: Matt Bridge, Director of Engineering, AMETEK Prestolite Power Compared with today’s advanced technology, it is impressive to consider all of the developments the industrial battery charger industry has seen since 1917. When the industry ...
Narrow Aisle leaders look forward to the next 15 years
Eileen Schmidt
Monday October 24, 2016
For 15 years, Narrow Aisle Inc. has been bringing the Flexi Forklift to businesses in North, Central and South America. The Flexi is a very narrow aisle forklift designed to work in spaces as narrow as 6' to 7' while using a standard 48” deep ...
Are you a professional like Leo the limo driver? 
Art Sobczak
Monday October 24, 2016
A couple of weekends ago I was in Chicago for a brief baseball weekend with some friends. On a Tuesday morning we all had similar mid-morning flight times out of O’Hare. Being a group of six, we needed a large vehicle to get us from ...
Mergers and acquisitions: How to maximize your talent
Caliper Corporation
Monday October 24, 2016
People, people, people. One of the most complex challenges a business leader can face is managing through a merger or acquisition. Business models can change, market focuses shift, and, perhaps most importantly, established organizational cultures cease ...
Friday October 21, 2016
Make it simple
Garry Bartecki
Friday October 21, 2016
The last couple columns have centered around technology and ways to improve productivity, and thus profits and shareholder value. There is little doubt that you could improve operations if you took the time to analyze what you are doing, and what is ...
Training your customers
Dave Baiocchi
Friday October 21, 2016
After being in the equipment business for over 30 years it’s clear to me that customers have a myriad of needs and a pallet full of expectations.   Never has there been a time where well run dealerships were more needed than they are ...
Tuesday September 20, 2016
She really knows her stuff
Mary Glindinning
Tuesday September 20, 2016
Before people say that, women in material handling often have to prove their knowledge and expertise to skeptics who don’t expect a woman in the field. Material handling is still male dominated, but more women are entering all facets of the industry. ...
How educating your buyers to make more informed purchasing decisions results in more business
Matt Lee, Adhere Creative
Tuesday September 20, 2016
In today’s digital landscape, prospects looking to make a purchase are inundated with choices. With the availability of options within the click of a button, buyers want to be in the know to make the best possible purchase. The same is true for ...
Handle your brand with care: 10 ways to get out of a rut
John Favalo
Tuesday September 20, 2016
Your brand is in a rut. A stuck-on-the-bottom and not-moving-up-anytime-soon rut. Maybe your customers no longer want you as a friend; or maybe they’ve simply fallen for something shinier and newer. How do brands end up in this position anyway? ...
Using “pick up” lines in sales
Art Sobczak
Tuesday September 20, 2016
I know. That headline piqued my curiosity too. Actually the one I saw atop a newspaper article was “5 Spiritual Pick Up Lines to Perk Up Your Relationships.” The article was by syndicated columnist, speaker and board-certified hospital ...
Rite-Hite celebrates 50 years
Eileen Schmidt
Tuesday September 20, 2016
It all began as a start-up and after a half century of operation, Rite-Hite has grown and transformed into a company with a global presence in loading dock equipment and other industrial products. "Where we were once known as the 'loading dock and door ...
A world of constant change
Garry Bartecki
Tuesday September 20, 2016
Does it not seem that way to you? To me it does because every month when I read through Forbes I wind up saying "I'll be damned...." or  "Look at what these kids have put together"...at least 10 times per issue.  If you do not read Forbes ...
Holes in the boat
Dave Baiocchi
Tuesday September 20, 2016
Do you ever feel like your dealership is predisposed to give things away?   I have felt this way from time to time and despite great effort to avoid it, it seems that the offer of “free” is almost an inevitability.   ...
Personality assessments and behavioral interviewing: a winning combination
Caliper Corporation
Tuesday September 20, 2016
A personality assessment is a small investment in the bigger scheme of things. You’re attempting to hire someone who will perform critical work for your organization, and once that person is on board, you will spend many thousands of dollars on ...


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