We’re in the midst of busy season for supply chain professionals.
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), holiday sales in November and December have averaged about 19 percent of annual retail sales over the last five years, but the figure can be higher for some retailers. Additionally, the NRF notes that ecommerce accounted for 20.1 percent of total holiday sales in 2019. During the pandemic, online and other non-store sales have increased and retailers are planning for a greater portion of their sales to come from ecommerce this year.
During the holiday season, supply chain professionals need to maximize warehouse productivity. Crews need equipment, and energy sources, that can keep pace with the growing demands in the industry. In fact, ineffective or unreliable material handling equipment can directly impact warehouse productivity, cause errors and delays, and even affect customer loyalty.
Fortunately, propane forklifts offer key advantages over other options, helping crews keep pace with consumer demands year-round.
Employees can say goodbye to downtime
Whether in large operations or smaller fleets, propane provides the quick refueling necessary to keep material moving. One cylinder typically lasts an entire eight-hour shift and swapping out an empty propane cylinder for a full one takes just a few moments. Plus, it eliminates the need for additional expensive, heavy batteries or downtime spent recharging, like with electric equipment. With propane, crews don’t have to worry about strict battery management. Propane’s quick, easy refueling allows crews to get back to work sooner and maintain higher productivity throughout a shift. Companies can also work with a propane supplier to set up a tailored refueling schedule and ensure their propane cylinder cages never run dry.
Propane forklifts provide nonstop power
Crews need power that doesn’t quit — especially during peak season. Propane-powered forklifts provide 100 percent power throughout operation, pushing heavy loads at full capacity longer than electric forklifts. In addition, propane forklifts maintain more consistent travel speeds and acceleration throughout a shift compared to battery-powered forklifts, according to data from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
Crews can rely on consistent, versatile performance
Propane can get more done in more places, too. Propane forklifts are available in most weight classes to match the job at hand while electric can’t carry the weight of large jobs and diesel isn’t fit for small tasks. Plus, propane-powered forklifts can operate safely indoors and out and, according to data from PERC, the majority of forklift fleets are used for both indoor and outdoor work. Well-maintained propane forklifts actually meet or exceed nationwide indoor air quality standards, whereas gasoline and diesel can produce higher amounts of carbon monoxide and other harmful emissions.
Propane’s key benefits over other forklifts — including its quick refueling, nonstop power, and versatile performance — continue to catch the eye of supply chain professionals, making it a mainstay in the industry. If you’re reevaluating the performance of your material handling equipment this winter, be sure to consider propane as an efficient, reliable solution for next year’s holiday season —as well as throughout the year.
Visit Propane.com/Forklifts to learn more about the benefits of propane-powered forklifts.