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PowerDeck in Inontime TruckThis page contains recent news about the PowerDeck, pallet handling systems, the commercial freight and logistics market, cargo van shipping, and commercial van accessories.  We here at Barnett Manufacturing Company, the makers of the PowerDeck, want to make sure that our users are as connected as possible to the changes in the logistics and freight markets.

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Ram Promaster City Looks To Disrupt U.S. Compact Van Market

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  Fiat Chrysler has announced that a new van based off the European Fiat Doblo will enter the U.S. compact van market. The new Ram Promaster City will go on sale in early 2015. Some small businesses do not need the large capacity of a traditional cargo van Smaller more agile vans are increasing in demand, especially in urban areas. Fiat Chrysler looks to find a niche in the U.S. compact van market among similar offerings from Ford and Nissan. “Ford sold 4,222 Transit Connect cargo vans in May, a 14 percent jump from a year earlier and the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker’s best sales month ever. Nissan, the No. 2 Japanese automaker, reported 1,203 deliveries of its NV200 model during the same period, almost quadruple the number from a year earlier.” Read More The growing compact van market leaves plenty of room for new competition. The Ram Promaster City will be the first vehicle in it’s class to offer a nine speed automatic transmission. With almost 132 cubic feet of cargo space, the Ram Promaster City will have plenty of space for cargo. The PowerDeck by Barnett Manufacturing speeds up deliveries for cargo vans of any dimension. We custom fit every PowerDeck to a clients specific van. Contact us today for special offers and a...

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Nissan NV200 Cargo Vans Match Perfectly With the PowerDeck!

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“Some companies just don’t need large cargo vans, but until recently that’s about all that was available” Read the full article here. Large cargo vans can be inefficient for some shipping operations, as some companies do not need a large amount of cargo space. The Nissan NV200 is part of a growing segment of smaller cargo vans. As Small businesses are shipping more products than ever, smaller more agile cargo vans are more suited towards delivering smaller shipments, or one or two heavy items. With an efficient design, including a passenger seat that folds over into a desk, the Nissan NV200 gets the job done for small business. Shipping product quickly and efficiently has never been easier. The PowerDeck by Barnett Manufacturing increases efficiency in loading and unloading. The PowerDeck eliminates the need to drag pallets across van floors, and optimally distributes payload. In short, your van will last longer and look better with the PowerDeck. We build to order and are ready to install in any make/model. Contact us today for a quote and see how much the PowerDeck by Barnett Manufacturing can save you! Save time, save money, invest in the PowerDeck for your cargo van!...

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PowerDeck Ready For 2015 Ford Transit Launch

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“Ford believes the 2015 Ford Transit’s versatility and increased capabilities open up new markets and set the Transit apart from the vehicle it replaces, the venerable E series, the mainstay of Ford’s van business since it went on sale as the Econoline in 1961.” according to the recent Automotive News report. The 2015 Ford Transit will be available in three roof heights, body lengths, and engines, along with two wheelbases. 58 possible variations will help the Transit capture a large portion of the cargo van market. With so many options, businesses will have no difficulty finding a van that fits their needs. In certain configurations, the 2015 Ford Transit can offer up to 75% more cargo space than the outgoing E-Series vans. Couple that with a maximum towing capacity of 7,600 lbs, and a maximum payload of 4,650 lbs, and the 2015 Ford Transit can haul just about anything you can fit in it! Ford’s new focus on the Transit series mirrors the shift in the U.S. commercial van market to the European style. At Barnett Manufacturing, we have the PowerDeck ready for the launch of the new line of 2015 Ford Transit vans. We custom fit every PowerDeck to fit our clients specific van. With a low profile design and load plates that can be adjusted to fit any size pallet, the PowerDeck will increase shipping efficiency and protect your cargo. The PowerDeck will also protect van interiors from the wear and tear of dragging heavy pallets across the...

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Increase Cargo Van Traction and Control

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Increase Cargo Van Traction and Control

For much of the United States, winter brings added dangers and liabilities for the transportation and logistics community.   Truck and cargo van traction is greatly impaired when their loads are not properly placed withing a vehicle.   While load placement is quite simple for larger trucks and box vans, cargo vans are a completely different animal.  The tight quarters and weight restrictions make it nearly impossible for drivers to properly place the load to ensure that the weight helps create cargo van traction. That is where the PowerDeck comes in.  Our product allows the operator to easily slide their cargo forward to disperse the weight.  This increases cargo van traction control and ensures that the front wheels stay firm gripped to the pavement. Our buyers are no strangers to the impact that the PowerDeck has on their winter driving.  Not only will they gladly tell you that it is the case, but we have also seen a large increase in return buyers at or around the beginning of the winter months.  This past week we had a company call asking to get two new PowerDecks in their brand new Freightliner Sprinter vans.  When they ordered, they asked how quickly we could get them installed since we are expecting a considerable amount of snow in the coming weeks. This is just another example of the power of the PowerDeck.  Not only can it save you money and cut load time by up to 60%, but it ensure cargo van traction and control.  More importantly, it will keep your vans on a road. If you haven’t already, contact us today to find out what PowerDeck makes the most sense for your vehicle and allow us to give you a free, no obligation quote.  Let us help you ensure that your cargo van traction is less of a worry and...

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PowerDeck Support 3PL Operations

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PowerDeck Support 3PL Operations

Don Mulder, President of Barnett Manufacturing Co., was recently in Denver where the CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) convention was being held.  This annual conference brings together professionals from all over the world that have a stake in delivering improved results for supporting organizations’ supply and logistics requirements. Many companies continue to look for ways to support their 3PL (third party logistics) operations, last mile operations, and expedited freight — the PowerDeck delivers excellent results for many of these problems.  Several of our best fleet customers that have multiple PowerDecks installed support 3PL and expedited freight needs for their customers.  The Power Deck is an outstanding solution that helps them cut load time while decreasing van wear and tear. See if the PowerDeck would work to improve your transportation and logistics operations at...

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PowerDeck Decreases Driver Downtime

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PowerDeck Decreases Driver Downtime

The DOT’s new Hours of Service rules are forcing companies to look for any opportunity that decreases driver downtime due to loading and unloading.  Some companies are even going so far as spending thousands of dollars on infrastructure to ensure that every minute of the drivers legal driving hours are being used.  (see the examples discussed in a recent Material Handling & Logistics article). That brings us back to the Power of the PowerDeck!  The PowerDeck has the potential to decrease driver downtime by up to 75% in some applications.  Consider the savings in the following scenarios… Instead of jumping in a box truck, wrangling a pallet jack, and pushing/pulling to cargo to the back of the truck, the driver can open the doors and press a button. Instead of crawling into the back of a cargo van to hook up a chain and drag the cargo out, the driver can simply press there reverse button and the cargo will safely and quickly move to the back of the van. The examples could go on, but the key is that the PowerDeck can be applied to help in these situations for vehicles that are impacted by the new Hours of Service rules.  In the past, most of our PowerDeck’s have gone in Sprinters and other cargo vans but we expect that to change as carriers above the 10,0000 pound threshold look to meet the new restrictions and decrease driver downtime. For a better look at just how much the PowerDeck decreases driver downtime, check out the following video for a side by side comparison....

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How Much Can the PowerDeck Save Cargo Van Owners?!

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How Much Can the PowerDeck Save Cargo Van Owners?!

It has been well documented that a picture can be worth a thousand words, but in the case of the PowerDeck and cargo vans, it has been a worksheet that seems to do the trick. Our simple, Cargo Van Savings Calculations Worksheet allows potential PowerDeck users to discover just how much the PowerDeck could impact their bottom line based on conservative use estimates. Download your copy of the Cargo Van Savings Calculations Worksheet and find out today why the PowerDeck is transforming the bottom line of our customers....

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PowerDeck Rep Network Complete

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Barnett Manufacturing, makers of the the PowerDeck pallet handling system, is excited to announce the completion of a nationwide rep network.  In the past 3 months, the PowerDeck has secured representation in all 50 states and the Canadian Province of Ontario thus allowing them to serve the cargo management needs of customers throughout North America.  Since 2008, the PowerDeck has mostly served the commercial van market in the upper Midwest.  The addition of sales experts throughout the country will allow the PowerDeck to serve far more companies that use commercial vans for moving palletized materials. The representatives that have been selected to be part of the nationwide PowerDeck sales force come primarily from the Heavy Duty industry and include H&W Marketing (Northeast), Eighner Associates (Southeast and South Central), Sherman Pearson (Midwest), Team Concepts Midwest (Upper Plaines), Central States Sales (Lower Plaines), and Work Truck Unlimited (Rocky Mountains and West Coast).  Each of these agencies comes with a wealth of experience in these areas and are excited to begin selling the PowerDeck immediately. Since starting their rep network, the PowerDeck has seen increased interest from commercial van and freight fleets around the country.  This increase has been mainly due to the PowerDeck’s ability to dramatically impact the bottom line of van owners.  PowerDeck users site the decreased maintenance cost, increased delivery speed, and overall cargo and driver safety as major cost saving advantages.  The PowerDeck has also shown that it can outlive many of the vans in which it was initially...

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New Load Plates Perfects Handling Pallets

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New Load Plates Perfects Handling Pallets

For years, we here at Barnett Manufacturing have sold the PowerDeck with basic traction strips to ensure proper grip when handling pallets. This month, after nearly 6 months of testing, we are excited to release an updated load plate that have even more grip than previous versions.

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PowerDeck “Powers” Weller Truck

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The PowerDeck has built up a loyal following over the past few years and Weller Truck, based out of Grand Rapids, MI, is one of those companies.  This past week, I had the chance to sit down with Jason Skantze who serves as the Dispatch Team Leader and ask him a few questions about just how the PowerDeck has helped Weller Truck.  Here are a few of the comments he made that stuck out to us. Interview with Weller Truck Dispatch Team Leader – Jason Skantze Sam Nichols (PowerDeck Sales Manager) :  How does the PowerDeck help the bottom line of your company? Jason Skantze:  The biggest asset (the PowerDeck has been) to our bottom line has been the reduction in the wear and tear on the vehicles we have it installed in. By utilizing the PowerDeck, we are able to load and unload our fleet vehicles without dragging heavy items across the bed. This lessens the load on the vehicles brakes, suspension system as well as the decking materials because the product can easily glide from the front of the truck to its rear. SN:   What is the biggest headache that the PowerDeck has solved for your company? JS:  The biggest advantage the PowerDeck has given us is allowing us to “PowerDeck” the materials to the absolute back of the vehicle.  Now we can unload our fleet vehicles with fork lifts much easier than before. That change alone has greatly improved the efficiency of our loading and unloading. SN:   What do your drivers think about the PowerDeck? JS:  All of our cargo van drivers have come to love the versatility that PowerDeck gives us. They no longer have to lift or drag heavy items onto the back of our trucks. We lower items on the tail of the vehicle and let the PowerDeck to the...

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