Business is strong. That surprises us, and in all the best ways.
It's not like we've been sitting on our hands these past 14 months as we witnessed and experienced the trajectories of the pandemic.
Still, it does seem that we've turned a corner on COVID-19. The vaccination rate rises. Restaurants are opening back up. People are flying again.
And we're busy. Here's an example:
This morning, Jim Kunze fielded and placed more than 25 phone calls before noon.
Jim's our Sales Coordinator. Jim's what happens after the sale or rental of your yard ramp, handling both the big picture and granular details of getting your ramp delivered, off-loaded, positioned. It's often complex work; he makes it look easy. Jim's quality, and he's assurance, and he's quality assurance.
So, those 25 phone calls. Today it happens that we're delivering yard ramps in seven states. Florida. Georgia. Illinois. Louisiana. Missouri. Texas. Each has its particular set of delivery situations. Any number of things can go wrong—a stalled truck, inclement weather, and so on.
For one of those deliveries, the customer is leaving town, needs to make his flight. And so the ramp has to be there, and the wrecker service needs to arrive at the same time. And everything needs to be finished by 2pm.
Jim describes all of this humbly, without a hint of complaint. Seems that he welcomes the challenge of juggling so many ramps simultaneously.
Manufacturers across a number of industries have issues with keeping up. Steel is in short supply. It's tough to get lumber these days.
And our business is strong. It's a curious situation. Like Jim, we proudly welcome the challenge.
This week, our man McCoy Fields takes us on a truly nutty journey.
Ten and 49 sounds like a football referee gone haywire. ("Tenth down and 49 yards to go" doesn't work.)
In The Yard Ramp Guy world, 10 and 49 makes better sense:
We've been in business 10 years now.
We've sold yard ramps to companies in 49 states.
We added the 49th state to our portfolio just this month to a business in Anchorage, Alaska. From Prudhoe Bay to Anchorage, and from Fairbanks to Homer, The Yard Ramp Guy remains ready, willing, and able to cover all your needs for quality forklift ramps in Alaska.
We are grateful to (almost) The Last Frontier⏤"almost" because one state in our union remains the lone holdout to taking on a sale or rental from us.
You might immediately think that Hawaii is our lone straggler. And, well, we'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong. Hawaii said aloha to us in 2018 when a restoration and reconstruction business bought a stationary loading dock, for which we coordinated shipment 2,500 miles across the Pacific.
So, which state?
Vermont. Which is a bit surprising. Because WE L❤️VERMONT.
Now, we're not knocking you, Vermont. We're encouraging you. And we'll shamelessly employ any number of tactics to have you join our Yard Ramp Guy union. Let's try peer pressure: everybody's doing it. And proximity: you're near enough to the I-95 corridor to make delivery cost effective. And efficiency: we're certain that either a portable forklift ramp or a stationary loading dock with help optimize your operations. And aesthetics: we're confident that your Green Mountain State will maintain her natural beauty with our inventory.
Throughout our website, we frequently mention that location matters: With yard ramps located throughout the United States, most of our inventory sits within 250 miles of 90% of the population, which results in considerably reduced freight costs.
With or without an even, 50-state coverage, as we work into our second decade in business, we're proud to help the nation's industries grow.
This week, our man McCoy Fields gives us...yeah, well...a riveting history of the screw.
After nearly ten years in business, we believe it's time to share a trade secret with you. And it's one of the best reasons for buying or renting a portable forklift ramp or stationary dock ramp from The Yard Ramp Guy:
There it is, hiding in plain sight.
Picture your business operation without a yard ramp. Your on-loads and off-loads seem okay. You have the driver back the truck close enough to the loading bay. Your forklift operator pivots the pallets from truck to your operation's bay door. You break apart the pallet and use a hand truck or second forklift to move your goods into position for assembly. There might be a coffee break involved, a reward for a well-done half-job, along the way.
Now picture your business operation with a yard ramp. Example: The driver positions the truck. Your forklift operator pivots the pallet and runs your inventory up the ramp and through the warehouse, right to the spot it needs to be.
No need for a coffee break. you've saved time.
Here's the other secret: time is money. Though you already knew that, yes?
Yard ramps save time. And in doing so, they save money and they optimize your logistics flow. It's about efficiency.
So, if a business decides to put a forklift ramp into use, the issues become how to make that happen and who to go with. We're talking about price and customer service. We know The Yard Ramp Guy's inventory is competitively priced and often unbeatable throughout the industry. In this case, "unbeatable" includes not just the price point; attention to detail through customer services is essential.
"The experience, from beginning to end, was excellent. All questions and concerns prior to purchase were taken care of. The entire team was precise and professional. Our team was always kept in the loop about where our product was in the production and shipping process. We unloaded and installed ourselves, which was simple and straightforward. Will definitely do business with you all again for any of our current and future warehouses."
We love the story of John Henry and his lessons of human strength and will.
In our retelling, John Henry uses that same strength and will . . . via an inclined plane.
This week, our man McCoy Fields, gets from Point A to Point Be in record time, though we don't recommend lunch right before taking this ride.
Click HERE to see how McCoy gets around his world.
Our current inventory shows portable yard ramps ⏤ for sale and for rent ⏤ that weigh anywhere from 3,700 to 6,235 pounds.
A majority of these reflect the industry's popular specifications: 20,000-pound capacity, 84-inch width, and 36-foot length, with a weight of some 6,000 pounds.
Six thousand pounds. That's three tons. It's also (since you asked) the approximate weight of the tongue of a blue whale, half the weight of an African bush elephant, and two-fifths the weight of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
So, our industrial equipment is heavy. About 2,500 pounds heavier than a Ford Taurus. If you have a stationary dock ramp, it's likely bolted to your loading bay.
(If you require assistance with that upon purchase or rental, and many of our customers do, our turnkey services provide an excellent way to keep you focused without worry on what you do; we'll take care of the heavy lifting.)
We want to reassure you on the ease with which our customers are able to move their portable yard ramps. You'll see the process in the accompanying video.
The forklift approaches.
The fork slides into the ramp clamp opening.
Forklift raises the fork.
The bottom of the yard ramp lifts off the ground.
Forklift moves to the needed repositioning.
The wheels on the other end of the yard ramp assure stable, balanced movement.
Yes, there are always variables. For example, your warehouse grounds might have some tighter turns, requiring a few more pivots of the yard ramp.
Yet, a qualified forklift operator will easily and safely reposition a yard ramp. Time after time.
Have a look:
This week, our man McCoy Fields switches back to the Stelvio Pass switchback in Italy. To our delight, he's a bit grumpy about the whole experience.
In it, they spotlight the manufacturing, storage, and distribution workflows as rightfully major links in the supply chain, all through the prism of warehouses. And they describe a number of types of warehouses. Three of them, briefly:
Storage Warehouses “often house slow-moving goods, providing a place to safely store them without cluttering production and distribution warehouses, and usually contain pallets of slow-moving goods for transportation to distribution centers and sorting facilities.” Picture lots of forklifts and pallet racks.
Distribution Warehouses “are generally responsible for order fulfillment and house fast-moving goods. They are particularly common for the fulfillment of consumer packaged goods and other products.” Picture a standard pick, pack, and ship operation.
Sorting Warehouses “are used specifically for collecting large bulk shipments and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable chunks for distribution warehouses to ship.”
The Yard Ramp Guy has been in business since 2011, and in that relatively short period of time we’ve seen some rather prominent shifts in how the supply chains operate. In particular, the sorting warehouse environment has grown.
Leading part of that charge is Amazon’s model, an interesting flow process of storage, distribution, and sorting facilities. It’s the “last-mile” delivery scenario that has become an industry disruptor. Depending on factors like membership and local availability of any given item of inventory, we might receive a package via established courier services, an Uber-like driver in his/her car, or what the company calls the Amazon Locker, a local public location the customer accesses directly to collect a package.
So, that’s one new development at the end of this house-that-Jack-built scenario.
What interests us in the warehousing situation is time. CNN might have “accidentally” started this revolution in 1980, when Ted Turner began his 24-hour cable news channel. Suddenly, the news wasn’t radio’s every hour on the hour broadcast, or the three national TV networks bringing us half an hour of evening news. And then the Internet happened. Today, the news cycles turn at a dizzying clip, leaving traditional journalism scrambling to adapt.
Time seems condensed in many arenas of personal and business life. With that, consumer demand in many of the industries we serve also has accelerated, to the point that the ability to deliver goods in a timely way is more prominent than ever when companies evaluate two or more competitors toward contracting into a partnership.
FedEx’s slogan – “When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight” – now seems outdated, yes? Now we have same-day and even two-hour delivery for certain things.
All of which circles back to the warehouse landscape. Manufacturing and distribution centers work best when they expedite their physical workflows in smart, strategic ways. That includes, in no small measure, the ability to move inventory to and from delivery vehicles.