Food Distribution & Cold Storage Solutions
Maximize warehouse throughput & dominate the food chain
Food distribution waste has reached nearly 40% of the entire U.S. food supply, roughly 80 billion pounds each year. You need equipment engineered to handle and deliver more.
As food distributors are looking to reduce waste and increase throughput to meet ever-growing consumer demands, having the right lift trucks and innovative solutions in place can make all the difference.
Whether you’re trying to reduce product touches, boost operator and pedestrian awareness or cut costs, Yale has what it takes to take your operations to the next level.
Challenges & Solutions
In an ever-changing competitive market, the food supply chain must utilize forklifts that streamline serviceability to reduce downtime, enhance operator confidence, eliminate battery maintenance and lower total cost of ownership.
Cut costs & increase uptime in refrigerated & cold storage warehouses
Increase capacity and streamline maintenance with the Yale® pantograph reach truck.
- Use up to 20% less energy for greater battery uptime
- Simplified serviceability helps reduce the amount of maintenance needed, saving you up to $2500 per truck/per year
- Can be disassembled to service or replace parts without taking off the carriage; saving up to 45 min per truck
Boost efficiency and improve order accuracy with the Yale® end rider pallet truck.
- Service faster and as much as 50% less often, reducing downtime
- Smart features to help shave seconds off tasks for greater throughput, 1-4 seconds per movement
- Precision pick allows control of speed and coast functions in both directions
Get advanced ergonomics and unmatched performance with the Yale® enclosed end rider pallet truck.
- Includes contoured, fully padded interior curbs back, hip, elbow and knee fatigue; cushioned floor mat reduces shock transfer
- Adjustable performance settings, the 192” forks accommodate up to 10 pallets per cycle, and industry-exclusive features capable of moving up to 25% more product
Strategize lift truck power options
Make the most out of scarce resources with simplified forklift battery maintenance, charging and replacement processes to help increase uptime and productivity.
- Choose from the industry’s widest range of power sources from a variety of brands to get the best return on investment
- Eliminate battery maintenance downtime
- Improve operator ergonomic seat position and comfort with increased head and leg room
- Conquer sustainability goals
Turnover and labor shortages continue to strain food distribution and cold storage operations. Equip your operators with innovative lift trucks and solutions engineered to enhance awareness and streamline workflows.
Food distribution & cold storage facilities require special engineered lift products & solutions
Your operations are unique, requiring tailor-made lift truck designs. Our large specialist engineering team is dedicated to customizing solutions to meet your specifications.
Forklift monitoring & tracking
Experience real-time lift truck and operator utilization, and how they are performing with Yale Vision telematics.
- Restrict truck access to approved operators only
- Receive usage metrics, impact detection and alerts
- Impact camera option increases operator accountability
- Digitize and enforce OSHA pre-shift checklist completion
Encourage forklift driver awareness & stability
Help reduce incidents with Yale® Reliant, a robust technology suite designed to reinforce lift truck operating best practices and support operator situational awareness, tailored to the unique challenges of warehouse operations..
- Monitor and detect objects in the path of travel and identify trucks/pedestrians out of line of sight
- Detect tagged trucks and pedestrians in proximity (360˚)
- Adjust travel speeds and hydraulic functions while maintaining truck stability
- Monitor forklift location, exclusion zones, lift height restrictions and more
New product introductions have expanded not only the variety of products, but the size and mix as well. Single SKU pallets no longer dominate the food chain, mixed/loose pallets now represent roughly 40% of the loads moved.
Maximize warehouse space & increase throughput
Maneuver confidently in tight spaces with the Yale® three-wheel stand-up electric counterbalance forklift.
- Take products in and out of tight spaces with a turning radius that means business, taking maneuverability to the next level
- Keep operators working confidently with the Hi-Vis™ mast, giving them both visibility and rigidity
- Eliminate up to 65% of shock and vibration transmitted to the operator, an advantage of 17% more isolation over leading competitors with the Yale® Smart Ride Floor System
Achieve greater slotting capacity with the Yale® low-level order picker.
- Use variable height picking processes to help increase SKU capacity and pick positions up to 400%, and slot capacity 140% within same footprint
- Place slower-moving SKUs above faster-moving ones for efficient access to frequently picked items
- Add case flow lanes to pick lines to accommodate more SKUs
Lift and move more with integrated, factory installed power options and attachments.
- Reclaim space by reducing to a ratio of one power source per lift truck going from lead-acid to lithium-ion batteries
- Increase productivity with attachments like the single double multi pallet handler built to carry multiple pallets at a time
- Forklifts and selected attachments are shipped turnkey and ready for delivery
Same-day delivery is becoming an expectation. To beat the competition and keep costs down, speed and agility are imperative.
Freezer & food storage forklift options
Equip operators with lift trucks engineered to withstand the toughest cooler/freezer environments, while promoting operator warmth and comfort.
- Help protect the truck from corrosion with sealed electronic components, closed cell rubber platform cushions and built-in drain holes to channel away moisture
- Siped, rubber drive tires are also available to increase traction control where damp floor conditions are present
- Offer reprieve from cold conditions with operator comfort packages, like optional fully insulated cold storage cabins with heated windows and doors
Direct store delivery (DSD) forklift options
Give your drivers the confidence to move more cases easier, and in less time from trailer lift gates, across unforgiving terrain and through narrow convenience store aisles.
- Empower your operators with features that increase maneuverability in tight spaces and on the lift gate
- Defy charging limitations with opportunity charging to help drivers achieve up to 11% greater productivity
- Keep loads stable and secure with auxiliary traction and moveable load backrest
- Make every delivery with charging capabilities up to 2x faster and last longer with lithium-ion batteries
Resources & Support
Find the right truck for your application while discovering proven solutions and strategies food distribution and cold storage operations can apply today.
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods is now the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, with over $1 billion in annual sales.The company began a 10-year strategic plan in 2005, investing $500 million in expansion to reach new customers and strengthen the Goya brand worldwide. Optimizing its distribution network was a critical piece of this initiative.
Reducing the risk of food safety incidents
In 2021 alone, 15.5 million pounds of food were recalled by the USDA. In addition to contributing to food waste, recalls can have a significant impact on the bottom line – the average direct cost (including scrap, administration and lost sales) of a food product recall in the US is close to $10 million but can end up being much higher — up to $100 million in the case of a very large event.
Tips to increase warehouse capacity and picking efficiency
In a distribution center, fast and accurate order fulfillment defines success. But as SKU counts increase and order profiles change, racking and slotting systems that functioned adequately in the past may begin to compromise order fulfillment efficiency.
How assistance technologies can give lift truck operators a hand
Warehouses depend on lift truck operators performing at their best in order to meet increasingly intense throughput targets – but that very drive to maximize productivity can make it a challenge to maintain a strong focus on best practices and traffic rules. Find out how operator assistance systems are helping to reinforce them.
Benchmarking and improving distribution center metrics
Lift truck operations identified 12 of the most important DC metrics in the 2023 WERC Report, including average warehouse capacity used and on-time shipments.
The food distribution industry is already dealing with intense regulation and consumer expectations; and with increasing competition and exploding SKUs, how are you supposed to keep up?