Yard Ramp Spotlight: Events Planners

We continue our occasional series, examining the various industries nationwide that, in our experience, rely heavily on portable loading docks to increase efficiency.

The Best Event Has an Uneventful Loading.

As we’ve mentioned throughout our Spotlight series, we’re honored that our inventory works—smoothly and efficiently—in the background so that our customers can focus on their own business operations.

This situation is readily apparent in the Events Planning world, which can include anything from an Olympics ceremony to county fairs, car shows, film and TV location production, and trade shows.

Hosts and organizers of events depend on rapid turnaround to assure success. Some of this involves union rules: by regulation, workers are allowed to work x number of hours, and everyone wants to avoid overtime pay scenarios if reasonably possible.

And some of this involves scheduling.

For instance: if something is calendared at an arena or convention center, most often there are other activities scheduled before and/or after that event. This means time usually mandates that events planners assure effective movement, installation, and breakdown of supplies.

A great example of this is our work with the CrossFit Games. The company regularly hires a third-party business to coordinate logistics for its high-profile, well-attended games. Each event involves moving a tremendous amount of equipment—typically a million pounds or more—into and out of the location.

Our yard ramps have been instrumental in reducing load and off-load times for such events.

And this: location, location, location. For short-term rental scenarios and budget ceilings that events planners need to manage, availability of our inventory factors into their decision making process on whether or not to contract with us.

Toward that, we’re proud to state that most of our rental ramps sit within 250 miles of 90% of the population, which means reduced delivery and return freight costs. Everybody wins.

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We were tipping off our plays. Whenever we broke from the huddle, three backs were laughing and one was pale as a ghost.John Breen, Houston Oilers

Yard Ramp Spotlight: Retail

We continue our occasional series, examining the various industries nationwide that, in our experience, rely heavily on portable loading docks to increase efficiency.

Distributing Consumer Goods Efficiently

In the United States, as throughout the world, retail sales benefit nearly everybody:

They generate profit for businesses. They create demand for production of inventory. And they supply the consumer with basic necessities and luxuries.

The term “retail” comes from the Old French: “tailler” means to cut off and clip, and it originated in the tailoring industry, as in cutting a length of fabric and shaping it into a garment.

We know retail as selling in small quantities. Naturally, the smaller batches come from larger ones. And this provides us a view onto the vast production and distribution industries and networks across the nation.

From the mining of metals to the picking of cotton, workers harvest those raw materials, prepare and then deliver them to processing facilities, where, say, the electronic devices or sweaters are tailored according to specifications.

From this point, the distribution process begins. Inventory reaches district warehousing, and from there the retail industry distributes merchandise to specific locations, where it is off-loaded and placed for display. The end-user—the consumer in all of us—takes that sweater or music player from the shelf for purchase, completing the circle.

The Yard Ramp Guy is proud to be involved in our national retail industry and its process. At each point in the “tailoring” of materials goods toward consumer spending in the marketplace, we have a strong history of placing new, used, and rental yard ramps at loading docks to ease and optimize distribution logistics.

Again, as we’ve noted throughout our “Spotlight” series, we’re fully aware that a yard ramp is not the focus of these industries. And we’re honored by that because this means our quality inventory is doing exactly what it’s designed to do: work efficiently and without problems so that our customers can keep their operations streamlined.

In the retail industry and in the many industries we serve: from collection of raw materials to consumer purchase, The Yard Ramp Guy is rewarded by helping to assure win-win situations for everyone involved.

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My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget.E.J. Holub, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, regarding his 12 knee operations

Yard Ramp Spotlight: The Automotive Industry

We continue our occasional series, examining the various industries nationwide that, in our experience, rely heavily on portable loading docks to increase efficiency.

Helping the Wheels Keep Turning

yard ramp automotive industryThe US automotive industry is an enormous business that contributes to the economy in major ways. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the industry employing nearly a million people. The top five states for both vehicle and parts manufacturing are Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan.

For cars and trucks sales alone, Americans purchased some 17.5 million vehicles in 2015, generating nearly $437 billion in revenue for the automotive industry.

A number of associated industries contribute to the automotive landscape—from spare parts to tires, from oil and gas to windshield wiper fluid, and from windshield sunshades to that little air freshener that dangles from your rearview mirror.

These industries require production, many of which involve offsite forging and assembly (of, say, pistons). At each of these points in the process, businesses depend on their dock bays to load and offload inventory.

And that’s where The Yard Ramp Guy comes in.

portable loading docks automotive industryWith automotive—as with each of these industries we are spotlighting in our series—we realize that a portable loading dock is not the focus of any given business operation.

And honestly: we’re honored by this. Because we know that our quality ramp inventory helps our clients focus on their operations.

For example: a car parts chain orders a large supply of widgets to restock and bolster its current inventory. The widget producer creates the supply. The car parts chain has that order distributed to key geographic locations—for further distribution to its stores. Each of these locations utilizes a portable loading dock to easily move inventory to and from the delivery vehicle.

In this way, The Yard Ramp Guy provides an essential service toward optimizing delivery of those widgets.

We look forward to helping you streamline your business.

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I’m working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything will be perfect.Doug Sanders, professional golfer

Yard Ramp Spotlight: Agribusiness

We continue our occasional series, examining the various industries nationwide that, in our experience, rely heavily on portable loading docks to increase efficiency.

Food for Thought

Quick inventory: a cup of coffee, a bagel, and a plate of strawberries are all on the desk for breakfast, here at work. Farmers cultivated each of those elements—coffee beans, wheat, fruit—and then trucked them off the farm for processing and distribution before they reached the store and, eventually, our desk.

Our ability to take a bite of that bagel is based on farming methods that began 11,500 years ago. We’ve come a long way: U.S. agribusiness alone generates nearly half a trillion dollars in annual revenue each year. The sector is good for the eonomy, good for trade, and—most centrally—good for our health (yes, when we eat smartly).

What we find particularly fascinating is the geographic spread of that production.

California is our largest producer of crops and livestock (11% of the national total), followed by Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, and Minnesota. And we want our Florida orange juice (in Oregon), our Washington apples (in Delaware), our Wisconsin cheese (in New Mexico).

So, distribution is essential. Along with that come critical factors in successful delivery, including: keeping commodities fresh, assuring necessary refrigeration, and matching production supply with consumer demand.

The Yard Ramp Guy is honored to play a critical role in farm-to-table agribusiness. Our portable loading docks ease and streamline the physical movement of foodstuff from farm to processing centers and distribution hubs.

Agribusiness utilizes our loading docks long before those end results. For example, livestock need feed and crops need fertilizer (in fact, most of the world’s grain production is fed to livestock). All of which requires logistics management in the weeks and months prior to cultivation.

Every time we see a loaf of bread on the store shelf, we wonder for just a moment how our ground-to-truck yard ramps might well have helped get it there. We’re very proud to contribute to this essential industry.

Yard Ramp Spotlight: Recycling Industry

Note: This year we introduce The Yard Ramp Guy Spotlight, an occasional series in which we examine the various industries nationwide that, in our experience, rely heavily on portable loading docks to increase efficiency.

Renewing our Resources

The scrap recycling business employs more than 137,000 people and generates about $90 billion per year in the United States. “Scrap” includes electronics, paper, plastic, metal, glass, rubber, and textiles.

It’s big business. We’ll circumvent the whole notion of planned obsolescence and focus instead on the positive benefits:Yard Ramp Guy Recycling Industry

Recycling is good for employment.

More than 137,000 people work in the scrap industry in the United States.

Recycling is good for the economy.

Our refurbished products create some $24 billion in U.S. export sales.

Recycling is good for the environment.

The industry helps reduce use of landfills. Regenerated products require less energy consumption than original first-generation products. And elements like mercury (from old cars) and lead (from old computer monitors) reduce their reaching our air and water supplies.

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Proudly, The Yard Ramp Guy contributes its share. Our inventory contributes in a vital way to the recycling process. We’re keenly interested in helping our customers optimize their workflow, and there’s no better example than the $24 billion-a-year recycling industry as proof. As in: if the logistics didn’t work, scrap recycling wouldn’t be such a major generator of revenue or contributor to the economy.

Beyond that, we’re always interested in the “recycling” of portable loading docks that are in suitable condition for sale and for rent.

In addition, we maintain an industry-leading program, leveraging our connections and experience to sell your used yard ramp: the final sale price nets 70% for you and 30% for us. (That’s not a typo. For additional details, click HERE.)

Finally, then, the question arises: do recycling companies tend to buy new or used portable loading docks? The answer might surprise you. Give us a call, and we’ll recycle the story.