Creating a Culture of Safety in the Warehouse

MD Logistics | August 15, 2016

You’re going to remember the time when you thought it wouldn’t happen to you. One of your industry contacts was telling you how they paid substantial OSHA fines for allowing operators to use forklifts even after the operators completed pre-use operational compliance checklists that showed the forklifts were non-compliant. The individual said he didn’t know the operators were saying that the forklifts weren’t in compliance. Operators said no one paid attention. “He said”/“she said” turned into a story too frustrating not to share. And then it turned into your own worst nightmare when it happened at one of your facilities. Unfortunately for many logistics executives and warehouse general managers, this situation is all too real because of a lack of control and insight into the safe operation of forklifts. Thanks to advancements in forklift-based technologies, such as fleet and operator management systems, these instances may start to decline because of the availability of critical information that affords the opportunity to create and maintain a culture that champions safety. And if your forklift operator behavior can be changed, then it is likely they will be safer – and your facility performance metrics will be better.Here are a few methods logistics managers and executives are employing to change behavior related to forklift safety.

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Quick Response, the US’s answer to the “Just in Time” challenge, began in 1987 when domestic manufacturers realized that the accelerating rate of production moving overseas would require dramatic measures to stop the hemorrhaging. Since US manufacturers were physically closer to retailers and consumers, they believed this gave them an advantage in identifying demand and getting product to the consumers in shorter cycle time. Shorter cycle time would in turn reduce idle inventory and forced markdowns. Conceptually similar to “Just in Time,” Quick Response focused on consumer goods (apparel at first) and attempted to communicate better consumer demand information through the supply chain.


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Kinaxis Inc | June 14, 2022

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Quick Response, the US’s answer to the “Just in Time” challenge, began in 1987 when domestic manufacturers realized that the accelerating rate of production moving overseas would require dramatic measures to stop the hemorrhaging. Since US manufacturers were physically closer to retailers and consumers, they believed this gave them an advantage in identifying demand and getting product to the consumers in shorter cycle time. Shorter cycle time would in turn reduce idle inventory and forced markdowns. Conceptually similar to “Just in Time,” Quick Response focused on consumer goods (apparel at first) and attempted to communicate better consumer demand information through the supply chain.

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