According to the Pew Research Center, the number of production jobs fell by approximately 475, 000 people in 2007 that resulted in a 29% – 34% decline in the United States. Today, the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that between June 2015 and June 2016, the employment increased by 1.8 %. This equated with Miami’s employment to be at 2.7%, resulting in 2,540,500 jobs that were nonfarm related.
Even though this is the kind of a good news/bad news scenario, the biggest thing to really be concerned about is the manufacturing jobs in the Miami area. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics further reported that there is a -0.5% change as of June 2016.
The Need for Material Handling Equipment
Just because the manufacturing jobs appear to have decreased doesn’t necessarily mean that the demand for that business has. Oftentimes, employers will reduce the amount of employees they have just to be a bit leaner in their budget. However, what this means for the remaining workers is…more work.
This doesn’t have to be an egregious task if your employees are equipped with the right kind material-handling equipment.
It’s just smart business to make sure that your employees have the tools they need to execute a task faster and most importantly, safely. Determining exactly what kind of material-handling equipment you need is going to have everything to do with what type of business you’re managing, how many orders you have to fill on a daily basis, exactly what kind of product are you moving, and also how many workers you have to do it.
The Advantages of Buying in Bulk
Another important factor to consider is exactly how many of these material-handling items you need. It’s very possible that all you need is a hand truck to get the job done—lots of them! For instance, if you’re managing a nationwide moving company, then you’re going to need a fleet of hand trucks, and going to your local home improvement store to get them wouldn’t exactly be the smartest business decision to make. Not if you’re trying to buy in bulk.
Make no mistake about it, if you’re running a business that requires multiple handling equipment like hand trucks, if you want quality hand trucks—and you do, then it’s imperative that you find an industrial manufacturer that can supply a fleet of quality hand trucks to you in bulk. The main reason is because you’ll be going directly to the source to get the equipment you need and avoiding unnecessary mark-ups. Also, when you purchase handling equipment directly from the manufacturer, you increase the chances of getting your purchase at a reduced cost as most bulk distributors often offer a discount depending on how many units you buy. So in short, you can actually save money when buying in bulk. So it’s worth doing your homework to find the best supplier to offer you the best discount available.
Finding a One-Stop Material Handling Supplier
Douglas Equipment represents a fleet of manufacturers who offer a wide array of material-handling equipment. Some offer a variety of choices while others specialize in a few. Either way, Douglas Equipment has access to all of these authorized dealers.
So what that means for you as a business owner is that you’ll have all of the quality choices for material-handling equipment at your fingertips. You won’t have to sit at your desk making phone calls to different distributors asking them the same questions over and over again. With Douglas Equipment, all you have to do is consult with just one of our customer service representatives to determine what type of equipment will best suit your needs.
Basic Material Handling Equipment Available to You
- Hand Trucks – Hand trucks are going to be the most popular handling equipment used to suit those all-purpose needs. Typically referred to as a dolly, the hand truck stands on two wheels with an elongated back made of steel or aluminum and a flat nose plate to “scoop” your product. The idea here is that by slightly titling the item back, all of the weight will be on the wheels where you’ll be able to easily move the product anywhere you like.
- Dollies – The Dolly could be said to be the second-most popular handling equipment tool because it offers the same convenience as the hand truck, helping you move items quicker and more efficiently, but with the dolly you have an actual platform that gives you the option of moving smaller items. The dolly is also best used when trying to transport oversized items that wouldn’t normally fit on a hand truck.
- Drum Trucks and More – If you’re managing a warehouse operation that requires transporting or maneuvering drums, you’ll definitely need some drum handling equipment that’s specially designed to move these oversized items. Douglas Equipment can educate you on what the best drum dolly is for your warehouse needs. There are also drum dispensers, drum racks and even drum lifts available for the purchasing.
- Lifts – Douglas Equipment has lifts for every need. Whether it’s for drums, or you need a pallet positioner, lift tables, tilters, or pneumatic lifts, it all about what’s going to make your warehouse operations work more efficiently.
The team at Douglas Equipment can recommend the best pallet jacks and transporters too. Basically, anything you need to move, Douglas Equipment can point you in the right direction. What’s more is that you’ll have the opportunity to buy the quality items in bulk!
Here is a list of authorized Douglas Equipment Material Handling Manufacturers:
- B & P Manufacturing
- Bluff Manufacturing
- EGA Products
- Harper Hand Trucks
- Hillman Rollers
- Little Giant
- Omni Metal Craft Corp.
- Presto Lifts
- Raymond Products
Contact our customer service department today. Our toll free number is 1-800-451-0030. If you reside in the Miami area, call us locally at 305-888-3700. Also, feel free to ask us a question about buying your handling equipment in bulk through our online form right now!