Success in Yard Ramp Industrials

It’s All in the Details

YRG: Quality in the Details
The Yard Ramp Guy: Big Wheels Keep on Turning

You should hear the thoroughness of Michael Myers, The Yard Ramp Guy’s sales consultant, on the phone. (Really: you should. Give him a call at 888.977.4224.)

We like Mike’s thoroughness for two main reasons:

1. It’s necessary.

2. It’s necessary.

Why do we place the highest emphasis on this? It could be the difference between success and delay. Or worse.

The importance of this cannot be overstated. As we’ve said before, you might see a yard ramp near you, but if that ramp doesn’t meet your specifications it has no value.

Remember that there are only two reasons to own or rent a ramp: Greater Efficiency and Greater Safety, both serving as bookends in the process. All of which informs Mike’s detailed questioning during his discovery of your needs.

Says Mike, “The key is knowing exact requirements and developing a solution.”

That same attention to detail motivates our sales coordinator, Jim Kunze, when he handles, among many other things, our innovative turnkey delivery and installation services.

About half of our customers request turnkey service. If you need that yard ramp offloaded from a flatbed, installed, or your stationary dock ramp secured to your bay door, Jim is keenly interested in dimensions and obstacles.

Jim’s goals are proactive—avoiding needless delays, contracting the right qualified installer with the right equipment. You’ll hear him ask about any tight or sharp turns in the pavement or gravel from road to your facility. You’ll hear him ask about low-hanging power lines. You’ll hear him ask about any dips or potholes. You’ll hear him ask if the drive is made of asphalt or gravel or dirt.

All of the questions The Yard Ramp Guy team asks are designed to help streamline the process of ordering and receiving a yard ramp. We want that to function as smoothly as your use of the yard ramp itself.

We take these phrases literally:

  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • We thank you for the opportunity to earn your business.


Our man McCoy Fields continues his From the Archives series of old favorites. This week: The surprising Google results for "ramps."

Check it out HERE.

Planned Industrial Longevity

The Greta Garbo-Yard Ramp Connection

YRG: Built to Last
The Yard Ramp Guy Longevity Factor

When you see someone using a smartphone with a cracked screen, consider it as a possible protest against planned obsolescence. That’s the practice of creating consumer goods designed for replacement—sooner than later.

The smartphone is a prime example. We’re often told that the cost of repair just isn’t cost effective and that buying a new phone is the better way. And the list is long. Light bulbs, flimsy plastic products like drink bottles and food containers, batteries, printer ink. Some of that involves a social factor: your friend bought the latest, greatest car or phone or tv set. The result, though, is a lot of inventory going to the dump.

Proudly, The Yard Ramp Guy rents and sells inventory that bucks the trend of planned obsolescence. Our trusted manufacturers create solid forklift ramps and stationary loading docks that are designed for, if you will, planned longevity. With proper care and minimal yet consistent maintenance, our equipment will provide many years of solid service.

(And: our business model provides this industry-leading service: from the very first conversations, we’ll present options for buying that ramp back from you if and when you want to permanently offload your original purchase.)

That is, whether it’s a yard ramp, a favorite restaurant, or an athlete who stays with one team throughout his or her career, we admire planned longevity.

The oldest company in the United States is Caswell-Massey. Begun as an apothecary in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1752, It continues to sell body & bath supplies and fragrances.

From the Caswell-Massey website:

“In our legendary New York City Store, Ralph Taylor made it a practice to become deeply acquainted with the person he was making the scent for. For example, the perfume he created for Greta Garbo, who was known as a woman of mystery, featured nutmeg - thought to be a narcotic ‘mood enhancer’.”

And there’s our Greta Garbo connection. If our inventory’s standard specifications don’t meet your requirements, we also thrive on custom solutions for our customers. We’ll gladly discuss your specific needs in order have the right yard ramp crafted for your business. (With one caveat: unlike Garbo’s perfume, we’re fairly certain that nutmeg is not a component of quality loading docks.)

We’re not in the recycling business. We are, though, honored to be in an industry that utilizes some of the strongest and longest-lasting elements on earth. In this way, we’re part of a planned industrial longevity.

This week, our man McCoy Fields returns to his roots and begins his fascinating From the Archives series of old favorites. First up: Pyramids and Ramps.

It's a great read. Click HERE.

Appreciating U.S. Industry

The Yard Ramp Guy Contributes 

The Yard Ramp Guy: Cog in the Wheel
The Yard Ramp Guy: Cog in the Wheel

When Jeff Mann founded The Yard Ramp Guy in 2011, he brought nearly three decades of experience to champion the value propositions of his new business. Throughout this time, the priorities of his endeavors have remained steady: proactive communication, asking the right questions, exceeding expectations.

As he says, if there’s bad news to share (like, say, a rare delivery delay due to weather), it’s always the better approach to share that news, not hide it. And offer suggestions and resolutions along with that news.

The approach continues to work. The Yard Ramp Guy continues to grow—in reputation, in connections, in revenue—year over year.

Among the many complexities that continue to impress is the variety of industries, as seen through the prism of yard ramp utilization. Whether it’s a stationary dock ramp secured to the loading bay or a mobile forklift ramp easily moved in and out of position, collectively these industries paint a virtual picture of the US economy.

Here, then, is a snapshot of industries The Yard Ramp Guy proudly serves:

Agribusiness. Farm to table and way points between, agriculture is a pillar of the nation and contributes more than a trillion dollars to the US GDP each year. Easy to project yard ramps easing pallets of foodstuff from raw form to processing and from packaged to distribution centers.

Construction. The industry contributed nearly $650 billion to our GDP—in the first quarter of 2019 alone. That’s some 4% of the entire annual GDP. It covers federal, state, county, city, and personal (i.e., housing) projects. Where do we come in? Truck-to-dock delivery of raw material. On-loading of finished products. Access to warehousing and distribution.

Manufacturing. Yes, there’s talk of a recession descending on the economy next year. With or without, U.S. manufacturing—of physical or chemical, of commodity or component—is impressive. We produce more than 18% of the world’s goods. That was $2.33 trillion, accounting for 11.6% of the nation’s economy.

Whether with portable yard ramps or stationary dock ramps, we’re honored to provide inventory that helps keep the economy moving forward.

This week, our man McCoy Fields returns to space (yes, he’s been there before) and finds a bunch a junk. And then he helps us navigate safely through it, back to Earth.

It's his world. We just live in it. Click HERE.

Angling Yard Ramps Into Warehouses

And Time Flies

YRG: Industry Contributions
Preventing This From Happening

We like a recent article from our friends at ThomasNet: “The Key to Inventory Management: A Closer Look at Warehouses.”

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.

And that’s where we play an important part in the process. With minimal maintenance, our forklift ramp and loading dock inventory functions solidly and without complaint. We’re proud to contribute.

This week, our man McCoy Fields discovers a man who spent years working on his map. Naturally, McCoy compares it to lawn care.

And it all makes perfect sense. Click HERE.

The Future of Industry

Creativity is a Human Thing 

Technology's Human Touch
Technology's Human Touch

We’ve had many revolutions throughout human history. Along with all those Revolutionary wars, we’ve experienced many instances of “drastic or social change that usually occurs relatively quickly.” Think of the first two Industrial Revolutions, the result of technological innovations that brought us, among other things, enhanced development of clothing and iron, glass and mining, transportation and agriculture.

Now we have the Digital Revolution, also called the Third Industrial Revolution and the Fourth Industrial Revolution or—wait for it—Industry 4.0. (Absent really cool names, we tend to add numbers. For example, our latest version of Google Chrome web browser is Version 75.0.3770.142.)

Industry 4.0 seems to cover the existing and developing technologies that have seeped into and overtaken the ways we interact and conduct business: cellphones, the Internet of Things, GPS devices, 3D printing, virtual reality, self-driving vehicles.

Can automation replace people? We see it happening in certain sectors. Chances are good that your last Amazon delivery was picked and packed with at least the assistance of robotics.

With all these innovations have come studies and perspective and reflection and recommendations. If robots aren’t (yet) taking over the world, the nature of work is changing.

Last year, McKinsey & Company issued “Skill Shift: Automation and the future of the workforce,” a study that examines the disruptions of technology on business culture. It’s a good read.

What strikes us most prominently is what it calls organizational agility: “the ability to quickly reconfigure strategy, structure, processes, people, and technology toward value-creating and value-protecting opportunities.”

Wrapped inside that study is this:

“Our research also finds a shift from activities that require only basic cognitive skills to those that use higher cognitive skills. Demand for higher cognitive skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, decision making, and complex information processing, will grow through 2030, by 19 percent in the United States and by 14 percent in Europe, from sizable bases today.”

(We don’t even want to speculate why McKinsey & Company thinks the United States will need five percent more in higher cognitive skills than Europe.)

All of this relates, we think, in a very direct way to the business we’re in. Whether stationary or mobile, a yard ramp is a tool, utilized by humans, to affect change—and movement—toward optimal streamlining of a company’s operations.

How we approach getting the right yard ramp to you and how your team utilizes the yard ramp are informed by creativity, by agility, and by a very human connection that simply cannot be replaced by an algorithm.

We’re fans of good technology. That said, in these times of Industry 4.0, the human touch is revolutionary.

This week, our man McCoy Fields finds a really old wooden ship in Egypt. And then he connects it directly to IKEA.

Go figure. Click HERE.