What to Look for in a Great Material Handling Company

Are you looking for a great material handling company, but not sure where to find one, or how to decipher the good from the bad?

Hiring a new company for your materials handling needs can be a daunting task. Some companies will try to reel you in by offering you low introductory rates. Others will try to entice you by offering promises that seem too good to be true (and likely are).

man moving materials in a warehouse setting

In order to get the best deal for your company, you must put each materials handling company under great scrutiny before hiring them. After all, their services are helping you ensure your business runs smoothly.

So, how do you make sure you’re hiring the right company? Read on to find out.

1. Ask Around

Likely, you know some people who are in businesses similar to yours. Oftentimes, these people will be your best resources for finding a good material handling company. Ask these people about the company’s customer service, their prices, and their overall reliability.

If you don’t know anyone well enough in the same line of business as you, you can also look to online reviews. Sites like Yelp and Google My Business are always great resources.

You can also ask for references from the company’s previous client database. Of course, the company is only going to give you customers whom they know will give them glowing reviews, but it can still be a good insight.

2. Choose a Partner, Not Just a Vendor

Choosing a company for your materials handling is about more than just choosing a vendor, it’s about choosing a partner. You want to pick a company that understands your long-term goals and objectives and isn’t just there to simply fill an order.

A true partner will offer an open line of communication and will help you find results that will help your business grow.

3. Embrace Technology

Maybe you own a business that likes to do things sort of old school. That’s okay. But, you should still be open to hiring a materials handling company that isn’t afraid to embrace new advances in technology.

More and more companies are looking into using alternative sources of energy, looking into different battery charging options, and showing interest in automated guided vehicles that will help cut down on labor costs. And, while new technologies may seem intimidating at first, ultimately they will help you improve productivity and efficiency. Don’t shy away from companies that are experimenting.

4. Take a Hard Look at the Contract

Once you feel like you’ve found a provider you can trust, you need to make sure you thoroughly read the contract. It may even be a good idea to hire a lawyer to help you read through it and explain the more complex issues.

Remember, the work doesn’t stop when you hire the company, it’s really only beginning. Make sure the company is holding up their end of the contract and keeping an open line of communication.

Are You Ready to Hire a Material Handling Company?

Now that you know what to look for in a materials handling company, it’s time to do the hiring.

At Lange Lift, we’ve been manufacturing quality products to handle your materials since 1934. Contact us today so we can discuss your needs and what we can do for your business.