Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

Forklift Driving Becomes Desk Job in Phantom-Mitsubishi Deal

A driver operates a forklift remotely. (Bloomberg News) A driver operates a forklift remotely. (Bloomberg News)

Phantom Auto, a California-based startup focusing on remote vehicle operation, has struck a deal to provide logistics equipment heavyweight Mitsubishi Logisnext Co. with software that enables forklifts to be operated remotely from thousands of miles away.

River Davis | Bloomberg News
May 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics

Geodis Announces Plans for Remote-Operated Forklifts

A worker prepares packages at a Geodis e-commerce fulfillment center in Pennsylvania. (Michelle Gustafson/Bloomberg News) A worker prepares packages at a Geodis e-commerce fulfillment center in Pennsylvania. (Michelle Gustafson/Bloomberg News)

Logistics giant Geodis SA says it plans to begin using remote-operated forklifts in its warehouses. The Paris-based company announced early March 31 that it has formed a partnership with Silicon Valley start-up Phantom Auto to supply teleoperations.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
March 31, 2021
Equipment, Safety

Old Dominion Highlights Safety Through Forklift Rodeos

Old Dominion Freight Line forklift competition The competition consists of a six-stage course with obstacles that simulate scenarios the operators might see on a daily basis. Within the course, one or two trip problems are placed to try and trip up operators. (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Old Dominion Freight Line has been steadily growing its internal Forklift Rodeo competition. What began as a single event at its Salt Lake City service center in 2016 has grown into ODFL hosting seven or eight a year.

Marissa Gamache | Features Coordinator
May 1, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Liftgates Versus Ramps

Driver using a liftgate Anthony Liftgates Inc.

Liftgates, once beset with maintenance and power problems, largely have overcome those issues and are being used to help deliver more freight faster while preventing driver injuries, industry experts said.

September 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Warehouse Forklifts Finally Give Hydrogen Power a Reason to Be

Hydrogen Powered Forklifts Plug Power Inc.

His tiny company, Plug Power Inc., makes hydrogen fuel cells, and for years he struggled to find customers. No longer. In April, Inc. agreed to try out the technology in forklift fleets at 10 of its warehouses.

Joe Ryan and Chris Martin | Bloomberg News
July 31, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

For One Spanish Company, the Autonomous Future Is Forklifts

forklift robots Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg News

In Burgos, a province in central Spain better known for archaeological digs and blood-sausages than for innovation, engineer Veronica Pascual is building automated vehicles. Not cars, though, but forklifts, stackers and pallet trucks.

June 30, 2017

Forklift Workers Face Risk in Fast-Paced Warehouses

As the economy continues its recovery and demand for the delivery of goods increases, forklift operators and other distribution center workers are feeling pressured to handle their tasks as quickly as possible — which could mean safety is being sacrificed for expediency, logistics managers said.

August 4, 2014

Manufacturers Add Technology to Improve Forklift Safety

Manufacturers are taking advantage of technological advances to design safer forklifts.

August 4, 2014