This article discusses the materials handling and warehousing trends for 2012: Labor cost containment and productivity, Lowering maintenance costs, Lowering energy costs, Environmental impact, and Financing flexibility. Topics covered include Fleet Optimization and Forklift design improvements.
Barloworld will exit the United States lift truck market and the Hyster brand of lift trucks will be distributed as of March 31, 2012 by Briggs Equipment Inc and by LiftOne, a division of Carolina Tractor and Equipment Company. Briggs will distribute materials handling equipment for Hyster in Texas, and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Mississipi and Louisiana. LiftOne will distribute Hyster in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia and Tennessee.
Two New York area lift truck dealers merge: Viccaro Equipment and HILO-Yale. To be called HILO Materials Handling Group.