Three Simple MHE Upgrades to Boost Warehouse Performance in 2024

Warehousing and logistics is a game of speed, volume and efficiency. So, what are the three MHE upgrades that leading warehouse operators and logistics managers are racing to implement in 2024 to boost performance of their operations?

Performance is a word we hear a lot in the context of professional sporting events, including the Australian Grand Prix. Unlike many other sporting disciplines which rely mostly on human performance, Formula 1 combines technology and human skill. This makes it similar to how we need to think about materials handling equipment in the warehousing context.

While a major change and major investment is sometimes required to take a business to the next level, often it is a small shift, a minor upgrade, that can make a big difference to business performance.

Boosting performance primarily requires a shift in thinking about how we are currently doing things. Then, we can find and consider ways of making small changes to improve inefficient activities.

So, here are three simple and importantly, inexpensive equipment upgrades that can seriously transform any warehouse performance without a serious cost by improving operational speed, capacity and safety.

1. Replace any Ladders with the ergonomic agility of an Electric Access Vehicle, like the Big Joe, Joey Zero.

Why? Safety of your staff should be a good enough reason. However, the bottom line is that getting rid of ladders in a warehouse or storeroom means moving more goods faster, higher, easier and with greater employee satisfaction.

2. Replace that heavy Manual Jack with the effortless, clean power of an LPJ33 Pallet Jack.

Why? Even though that old manual jack is still working, it’s increasingly more important for warehouse managers to consider employee satisfaction and not just safety. An agile and easily manoeuvrable electric pallet jack will ace performance in the storeroom, warehouse and as a lift-gate truck equipment for safer and more efficient deliveries.

3. Go bold. Leapfrog the entire Materials Handling Equipment class with an electric S22 Walkie Stacker.

What’s happening here? With the S22 Walkie Stacker, you have just seriously upgraded your warehouse. Now you have the safe, easy maneuverability of an electric pallet jack, with the lifting power of a small counterbalance forklift – at a fraction of the cost and NO need for a forklift license. How great is that?!

To explore these and other options to save cost and boost warehouse productivity, talk to our helpful team on: 134 234.

6 Rules of The Best Forklift Service

Is there such a thing as the best forklift service? Not only does the best forklift service exist, but you absolutely need it when your business performance relies on minimal or no downtime and a continuity of forklift performance.

As any Logistics and Warehouse Manager knows, forklifts, and especially electric forklifts, are the silent workhorses in the business. They only get noticed when they first arrive and when they get sick, i.e. break down. Otherwise, we take them for granted to do all the heavy lifting and long distance running without interruptions. We expect forklifts to keep making money for the business, perhaps indefinitely!

So, what is the Best Forklift Service?

You can get the best forklift service – and you deserve it – but you need to stick to these rules:

  1. Start with the right and reliable forklift equipment.
  2. Buy or rent forklifts from a reliable supplier.
  3. Schedule regular service.
  4. Use qualified and experienced mechanics.
  5. Use genuine parts.
  6. Drive the right forklift license and training.

1 Reliable Forklift Equipment

Smart warehouse operations start with reliable storage and materials handling equipment. Choosing the right forklift equipment is as much about saving costs as it is about making maximum business impact.

The ISS Equipment new forklift brands, Nichiyu and Big Joe forklifts, are renown for longevity, with ten to twenty years of heavy usage not being uncommon. But even the best forklifts perform even better, reducing the risk of costly disruptions and stress, if serviced well.

2 Reliable Forklift Service Supplier

Getting a reasonable and reliable forklift service is a challenge when you are busy and budgets are tight. You are constantly bombarded with deals that look too good to be true, only to end up with a lengthy list of extras and penalizing contracts. An honest supplier, truly committed to an excellent product, confident of  the experienced and passionate service team, can make a difference.

Stick with the supplier from whom you have purchased or are hiring the equipment, if they have earned your trust in the first place. Chances are, they know their brands better than anyone else and they will give you a good service to earn your ongoing custom. I know we do that for our customers.

3 Schedule Regular Forklift Service

There are two types of forklift service: regular and emergency. Everyone knows that in every walk of life, emergencies attract higher costs. So, investing in regular forklift service is a no-brainer. It is the essence of the best forklift service:

  • It ensures operational continuity.
  • It drives efficiency.
  • It saves costs: downtime and costly parts that could have been maintained.
  • Most importantly, saves time. Just schedule regular forklift service and focus on your important work. Your forklift service supplier will do the rest.

4 Use qualified and experienced mechanics

The problem with having an in-house mechanic is that employees come and go, and recently, they more go than stay. This breaks down continuity and efficiency and may even lead to a crisis when equipment breaks down while people are sick or on leave. Of course, if you have a large fleet, you may also have a team of your in-house mechanics. But the majority of warehousing operations don’t have that luxury (and responsibility).

Importantly, chances are, maintaining a forklift fleet is not your core business. The smartest move is to use a regular service provider, who has a trained team with a continuity of expertise and your service data to quickly resolve your problems. They will eliminate your downtime so that you can keep doing what is most important for you!

5 Use genuine parts whenever possible

A regular check, using genuine parts, or at least parts recommended by your trusted supplier is a guarantee of uninterrupted performance and longevity of your forklifts. While genuine parts are usually the best, because they were uniquely designed and calibrated for specific models of forklifts, we live in the world of possible substitutions. And that may be fine for your valuable equipment. But be cautious. Deal with a reliable parts supplier, preferably one who sold you the forklift.

6 Drive the right forklift license and training

Yes. There is such thing as a forklift culture. It is a subset of the workplace safety mindset, or culture. How people use forklifts matters to the safety of people, products and the equipment itself. Ultimately, the outcomes matter to your business reputation.

The first step towards creating the right forklift culture and getting the “best forklift service”, i.e. one that doesn’t cost you anything, is by ensuring forklift training. Many forklifts require that the operators have a formal, current forklift license. However, increasingly, there is a new range of powerful forklifts that do not require forklift licensing. And this is where you need to ensure that everyone receives the right safety training to operate these new-age stackers, order pickers and pallet jacks.

Forklift service from ISS Equipment comes with:

  • Experienced, dedicated mechanics with expertise in electric and lithium-ion forklift servicing.
  • The most experienced, fastest Nichiyu service team in Australia – with average 25 years of experience.
  • A range of genuine and approved parts.
  • And, on new forklifts, free service for 3 years with our extended 3 year warranty.

Nichiyu that!

Finally: Are You Getting The Best Forklift Service?

You will know for certain when you answer these questions:

  1. Is your forklift down, not earning its ROI, or your customers’ love?
  2. Is it a hassle to find a reliable service supplier?
  3. Do you want to be sure you will get a fair service deal?
  4. Need a certainty of a FREE Inspection and a Transparent Service Report?

Now is the best time to do something about it!


There is Nothing Funny About Forklift Accidents

Why Forklift Safety a Reflection of Business Culture?

When you are passionate about the equipment you use and when you value the power the best equipment can give you to be your best, then there is just one thing to do. And that is to treat all your tools with respect. That’s how you also earn professional respect and personal satisfaction.

And that’s how you and your teammates will stay safe to enjoy long and rewarding lives with your families.

How a Trusted Forklift Supplier Can Support Your Safety Culture?

At ISS Equipment, we are passionate about keeping forklifts (and racking equipment) in perfect health. And that means: safe for people and goods. We are happy to reinforce your safety message every time your forklift drivers come in contact with our Service Team.

Our qualified and experienced mechanics and sales reps excel at:

  • Explaining the essential safety features
  • Showing the safe limits of each machine
  • Checking all safety points
  • Giving you some extra time to hear about your family, your weekend or footy – because we work to live and not the other way round.

We select our forklift brands to work! We just make sure your forklifts stay healthy to do so.

ISS Equipment forklift service from comes with:

  1. The most experienced, fastest Nichiyu service team in Australia – with average 25 years of experience.
  2. A range of genuine and approved parts.
  3. And, on new forklifts, FREE service for 3 years with our extended 3 year warranty.


Smart warehouse storage and materials handling is as much about saving costs as it is about making maximum business impact,” said Peter Boustead, MD, ISS ProRack.

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