Ramps for Material Handling

How We Fit Into the Mix

Planning Ahead

As our friends at MHI define it, Material handling is "the movement, protection, storage and control of materials and products throughout manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, consumption and disposal."

From experience (and from continued robust sales and rentals), our mobile yard ramps and stationary loading dock ramps are essential to those operations without permanent inclines at their bay doors.

And yet, our inventory is part of much more than getting your inventory from Point A to Point B.

MHI lists three applications of material handling as Forecasting, Resource allocation, and Production planning. Those are readily grasped in light of the curious status of strawberry Pop-Tarts. From Southern Living:

"Walmart officials revealed that sales of strawberry Pop-Tarts increase by as much as seven times ahead of hurricanes, which is why they make sure their shelves are flush with the beloved toaster pastries ahead of time...

"Experts believe that their pre- and post-storm popularity has a lot to do with their long shelf-lives and that fact that you can eat them with or without a toaster should the power go out during nasty weather."

As in: Storm's coming. History shows that people are going to stock up on this food and that widget. We need to ramp up production and delivery.

Now, we know that yard ramps don't save the day in disaster recovery. Yet, in terms of process flow, the yard ramp serves as an important component of warehousing and manufacturing operations. We're quite proud to contribute.

With that scenario very much in mind: while we don't manufacture yard ramps, we do have quality inventory strategically located throughout the country (and mostly within 200 miles of 90% of the population).

That's The Yard Ramp Guy's version of forecasting and resource allocation.

This week, our man McCoy Fields unzips his road knowledge.

Click HERE to see what's the rumpus.

Steel: Bracing for the Elements

Weather or Not...

Keeping above the Storm

First, our thoughts and hopes are with those affected by Hurricane Ida. To your health and safety.

In the perspective of our industry, and as if the pandemic and the steel surge weren't enough, we now have the economic remnants of that storm to contend with.

Picture a house-that-Jack-built scenario. When it comes to steel, we import what we don't forge in the United States. That imported steel enters the country through ports. From there, it's delivered ⏤ largely via rail and truck ⏤ to manufacturing plants, and from there perhaps to a seller/reseller before it arrives at the end user.

S&P Global Platts reports:

"A total 1.04 million st of steel products were imported into the port of New Orleans in 2020, in addition to 3.51 million st of iron products and ferroalloys, according to data from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

"The port of New Orleans is also a hub for steelmaking raw materials, particularly pig iron, with 2020 pig iron imports totaling 2.61 million st and iron and steel scrap imports at 378,905 st, according to the AISI."

Early assessments show that while the port of New Orleans suffered no major damage, "A steel trader said he expected the port to remain closed for about a week and it would take 10 to 15 days for operations to go back to normal following the storm."

That scenario pushes back many timetables. With expected deliveries being delayed, manufacturing plants, already on deadline, typically source alternate suppliers. That takes time. Freight companies are delayed, with carriers reassigned, as everyone waits for the backlog to unknot. That also takes time.

Whether pandemic or weather event or something else: delays happen. How did The Yard Ramp Guy prepare for such events?

Last year we introduced New Yard Ramps: In Stock & Ready to Ship into our inventory options. We've located them in a dozen cities across the nation.

The end result?

Fast delivery, in which you can place your order Monday, pay us Tuesday, and receive your ramp as soon as Wednesday. This reduces your wait by up to two weeks for a new yard ramp.

Reduced freight cost. With shipping from our strategically-placed locations, freight lanes are more likely to be much more favorable, saving even more time.

In good times and bad, we're ready to help streamline both your delivery and your operations.

This week, our man McCoy Fields smelts something fishy.

Click HERE to uncover the mystery.

Industrial Juggling

Or: Jim's 25 Calls Before Noon

Yard Ramp Guy: Happy to Juggle

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.

Click HERE to see how he cracked the mystery.

State Ramp Coverage

To Boldly Go Where No Yard Ramp Has Gone Before

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.

Shining a Light on Our Holdout State

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.

Click HERE to take a turn with McCoy.

The Forklift Ramp Secret

(. . . Hint: It's Not Money)

Yard Ramp Guy: Saving Time

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:

Time.

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.

Don't take our word for it. Here's what the buyer of a new yard ramp for his manufacturing business said about us:

"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.