One of the smallest pieces of equipment you operate may be a big source of improved efficiency and cost savings –if measured and managed. Your Material Handling Equipment, including forklifts, is a necessary part of your warehouse operation and impacts overall efficiency.
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Kenco is the only 3PL provider to offer a complete suite of supply chain solutions designed specifically for Material Handling Equipment (MHE) assets.

Our material handling services include:

    • Continuous MHE fleet optimization by analyzing utilization data and providing recommendations for optimal equipment counts
    • Engineered solutions customized to meet customers’ specific profile attributes and unique business requirements
    • Innovation and industry expertise to design customers’ MHE fleets for the future with technologies for predictive analytics, AGV’s, and more
    • Audit and assessment of customer’s current MHE fleet by benchmarking usage costs through Kenco’s proprietary BI tool, UNIFY
    • Transparent pricing, volume discounting, dealer direct pricing, and the convenience of one monthly invoice for MHE assets

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore some of the top questions on material handling systems we get from customers.
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How do you decide whether to lease or buy material handling equipment?

The top factors to consider are utilization, life expectancy, budgeting, and taxes. For example, highly utilized equipment is typically leased due to its shorter useful life.

Regardless of whether assets are leased or owned, fleet managers need to ensure there is a plan to retire older equipment after its useful life is over. If not, maintenance costs increase, productivity suffers, and equipment can become unsafe to operate. A fleet manager can work with a third-party logistics partner, like Kenco, to determine the best strategies for both the short-term and for the future.

What percentage of your overall warehouse spend should go toward material handling equipment?

MHE can account for up to 19 percent of total supply chain costs. However, this percentage is ultimately defined by the customer. A good fleet manager and supply chain partner can help determine the optimal solution for your business.

How do choose between electric forklifts and LP forklifts?

This decision is one that each customer must make, balancing environmental goals, cost, safety, and regulatory requirements. There is no right answer –just factors to be considered by each fleet manager based on their needs and objectives.

What data/reports are critical to managing your MHE fleet?

Increasing awareness of your MHE fleet is the best way to reduce costs, improve productivity, and increase safety. Some key metrics include utilization, cost per hour, avoidable damage, and completion of preventive maintenance.