The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is one of the most demanding and important operations imaginable: Supplying the U.S. military with mission-critical supplies that keep operations smooth. Their distribution centers worldwide ship over 2,000 tons of goods daily to every corner of the globe, and with a demand like that there’s no such thing as downtime.
Posicharge provided the fast-charging system to IKEA's fast-charging facility in their new 750,000 sq ft distribution center in Port Wentworth, Georgia, located near the port of Savannah. The new DC was featured in an article originally published in the February 2008 print edition of Modern Material Handling . The article was republished online in 2011 on Logistics Management. Below is an excerpt from the article.
"IKEA: Thinks global, acts local: IKEA’s new DC employs a global warehouse design and best practices to serve a growing regional market. By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor for MMH.
Call it a green conspiracy. In 2004, Southwest Airlines approached the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority with a proposition: The airline would replace its gasoline- and diesel powered ground service fleet with electric models if the airport would install the necessary recharging equipment.
Both parties would benefit with the resulting cut in emissions—a mandate that is being gradually implemented by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Southwest Airlines would cut its daily per-vehicle fueling costs by nearly 85 to 90 percent. And Burbank Airport would provide its tenants with recharging capability, enabling them to more readily move to electric vehicles. The airport and airline agreed, and after a careful evaluation of available suppliers, they selected AeroVironment, Inc. to install 42 of its PosiCharge™ fast charge systems at the airport’s 14 gates.
DEARBORN, March 29, 2005 (FCN) -- Better air quality in the plants and less noise are just two of the benefits employees will realize as North American plants switch from combustion engine forklifts and tow motors to all electrically powered vehicles. Other advantages of the change include space savings in the plants and an estimated $5 million savings to the company's bottom line each year said Roger Tenney, manager, Industrial Vehicle Strategy and Engineering.
"We've been working on trying to reduce the number of combustion engine vehicles in our plants for a number of years," said Tenney. "But we had to put a hold on the process until technology caught up with our needs."