The Atlas Toyota Blog

A Recap of Our Services

If you’re looking for material handling equipment services in Chicago, turn to Atlas Toyota. We offer superb maintenance and repair services for industrial vehicles and equipment, including forklifts, aerial lifts, cleaning equipment, jacks, pneumatic lifts, and more. We understand how critical this equipment is to your business, which is why we strive to save you time and money with our services.


What Is "Just in Time" Inventory Management

You have probably heard of Just in Time (JIT) inventory management, a technique that involves only receiving goods as they are needed. The concept was initially adopted in Japan where limited natural resources demanded a better way to increase efficiency, cut costs, and reduce waste.

With the right approach, JIT inventory management could benefit you. It’s designed to help companies:

Why Keeping Your Warehouse Organized is Best for Efficiency

As a warehouse manager, you are responsible for maintaining a steady workflow and ensuring orders are processed quickly. Here’s how keeping your warehouse organized can help you juggle the daily demands:


Interesting Facts About Shipping

The shipping industry is one of the oldest in the world, but without it, we wouldn’t have the global economy we enjoy today. See how many of these facts about shipping you already know and which ones surprise you.


The Importance of Accurate Capacity Label on Warehouse Equipment

Labels serve many useful purposes in distribution centers, warehouses, and other storage facilities. There are different types of labels, depending on where they are used, such as:


Forklift Decisions and Responding to the Electric Trend

The latest industry innovations mean buyers can choose from a wider selection of units designed to handle modern warehousing needs.  

Electric or propane? Narrow-aisle forklifts or traditional counterbalanced units?
Exploring a myriad of forklift options and establishing a clear understanding of choices is essential in today’s material-handling environment as companies look for ways to optimize efficiency. The growth of e-commerce, sustainability initiatives, and global market expansion require new forklift buying strategies to handle changing demands. Forklift manufacturers have responded to the needs of operations by introducing new models, including electric forklifts and updates to traditional internal combustion (IC) vehicles, to help companies meet current market demands.
Industrial demand for more versatile forklifts is having a positive impact on forklift orders. The global forklift market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% during the 2016-2023 forecast period. Electric forklifts are expected to account for much of this growth.
Electric forklifts are becoming more attractive as battery costs decline and customers continue to seek their fuel-saving and maintenance benefits. This doesn’t mean that IC forklifts are no longer relevant. They still account for about 40% of the forklift market and are viable solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. IC forklifts tend to be more popular for outdoor, high capacity, and specialty applications, such as paper roll handling and container handling. Deciding which option is ideal depends on the intended use for the vehicles and operating environment. This white paper will examine the factors organizations should consider when choosing between an electric and IC forklift.