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How lean thinking and smart trucks solve logistics challenges

Logistics is often essential to business success, becoming a key differentiator more and more. Following global trends, such as e-commerce and digitalisation, the material handling industry is changing and adapting quite quickly. Customers are expecting their goods or packages to be delivered as quickly as possible, and therefore your business needs to be as efficient as possible.

The world is changing, creating challenges in material handling

Your operations need to be lean: a smooth logistics flow, with total elimination of waste. Lean logistics & a continuous flow is a challenge now, and even more in the future. That's why we always strive to deliver the best solutions to help you implement a lean production flow. Our mission is to support you in minimising the number of transportation movements and maximising the speed from reception of goods all the way to the final delivery point.

Lean thinking in logistics

At Toyota we have a worldwide reputation for lean thinking in our company, and we benefit from continuous improvements by adopting new technologies in our own logistics operations. With the goal to become a market leader in material handling solutions and services, we're investing in technology and embarking on a digital journey. We use the lean principles and apply them to logistics processes, with the same goals – elimination of waste, maximum value-added and total quality, which means the right goods, in the right place, at the right time. We aim to be lean and work in an efficient way so that we can understand you and your business. Not only to share our thinking, but also to work with you and help you to improve efficiencies at every stage of the process.

Connectivity is key in future logistics

The value of connectivity cannot be ignored in today’s challenging logistics systems, in helping to eliminate waste. We want to make a serious contribution to improve efficiency, and encourage leaner logistics operations across Europe.

Connectivity will play a key role in this. We are already living in a connected world, with access to everything and everyone at the touch of a button. New, higher standards are being set continually, shaping everyone’s expectations. Things need to move quickly, need to be measured accurately, and be continuously improved, for maximum performance. To add value at any stage of the process. The same applies to material handling and truck utilisation.

Did you know that the average utilisation levels of a forklift fleet is only around 35%? This means 65% is waste that can be eliminated, whether it’s lost time, cost or damage.

Our aim is to work with our customers to share our thinking and help you to improve efficiencies at every stage of the process. With connected forklifts you can be in control of your operation, eliminate all waste and work towards a lean operation. You will be able to measure and improve. Even measuring and taking action from a distance: anywhere and anytime in a connected future…

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