By Susan Comfort, product manager of Narrow Aisle Products
Increased reliability and decreased maintenance costs — it’s easy to see the benefits of purchasing a new lift truck to replace one that has run its course. Even better are the benefits of planning ahead with a fleet replacement strategy. Having a strategy will help warehouse managers avoid unexpected downtime from the frequent and costly repairs often needed on older trucks, and it can save on equipment, labor, maintenance, energy and insurance expenses.
A fleet replacement strategy should address big-picture questions like:
How do I know if I should replace a truck? And how do I know if I should replace it with something different?
What tools will help me determine when to replace a truck?
What new equipment options might better fit my needs?
This three-part blog post series will help answer those questions so you can create a fleet replacement strategy to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently. Here, the first part will detail the needs assessment that should take place when replacement is being considered, including if a different type of truck should replace what’s currently used.
When fleet replacement conversations kick off, certain considerations should be made and questions need to be asked to help develop an informed, effective fleet replacement strategy.