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Shoppa’s Material Handling is excited that Forklift Action News featured our own Travis Bradley in this week’s "Getting To Know You" news section. We are happy to have Travis with our company to help implement Toyota Lean Management streamline practices at Shoppa’s and our customers.

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Platinum Certification for Five Shoppa’s Technicians

Five Shoppa’s technicians were recently awarded Platinum status after participating in the 2019 Toyota Top Tech Challenge, with one of those five being selected to advance to the annual Toyota Platinum Skills Challenge. Out of 119 applicants nationwide who participated in the challenge, only 36 received Platinum Certification. The annual skills challenge will take place during the week of Dec. 9 at Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. North American headquarters in Columbus, IN. During the challenge, the 10 techs selected from across the nation will compete in a variety of timed workstations with the winner being recognized as Toyota’s Top Technician for 2020.

“Having highly-skilled and competent technicians ready to meet our customers’ challenges is part of what Shoppa’s promises as part of our mission to be the premier material handling dealer at our nine locations,” said Jim Shoppa, president of Shoppa’s Material Handling. “Having five of our technicians receive Platinum certification in this year’s testing means our entire team is committed to fulfilling that mission every day.”

Classroom training, up to five years of hands-on training and testing are required in order for technicians to earn rankings that include certified, bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The technicians will receive recognition from Shoppa’s and Toyota, as well as having a plaque with their names inscribed on display at headquarters in Columbus.

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The Motive Power Puzzle

As technology advances are being made in battery and charging methods for material handling equipment, decision makers face more choices when determining the best option to power their fleet.

Since all warehouse and distribution centers are different, critical information stems from conducting a specialized power studies to reflect the material handling equipment used and its specific operation.

At Shoppa’s Material Handling, our battery professionals can perform a free power study on your individual applications to help you determine the best and most effective way to utilize your assets in relation to daily consumption of amps and charging opportunities during shifts.

Currently, there are three battery charging methods to choose from: conventional, opportunity and fast.

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The Top Four Ways To Maximize Warehouse Space (and Profits)!


Today, it’s not just time that’s money – it’s space too!

From staffing to technology to product, costs can spiral if you don’t take some key steps to optimize your warehouse. We all know that a well-organized warehouse space cuts down on chaos, encourages productivity and helps your bottom line when your employees and the products they handle work together in ways that make sense. Warehouse management today takes a keen eye for innovative, a deep logistical understanding and utilizing technological solutions in a manner that benefits the business best.

In our nearly 40 years of business, here are the current top four methods for reducing costs and increasing profits in the warehouse.


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Is The Section 179 Tax Deduction Right For You?

Have you heard of the Section 179 tax deduction? If you haven’t, not to worry! We’ll take you through some information about this deduction and how it might be advantageous for your business.

Before we discuss its advantages, what exactly does this deduction do? Section 179, which was initiated by the U.S. government to encourage business owners to invest in their companies.

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Travis Bradley Joins Shoppa’s As Business Operations Associate

We are excited to announce the appointment of Travis Bradley as Business Operations Associate. Travis brings many years of experience with Toyota to his new role at Shoppa’s Material Handling.

For the last five years, Travis has been Team Leader/Supervisor with Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing and Toyota Material Handling in Indiana where he stood out for helping to streamline processes as part of the Toyota Lean Management best practices initiative. Changes implemented by Travis in the Mast Weld Department and the X-Frame and Electric Frame Weld line improved efficiency and productivity.

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Shoppa’s Standing By to Help “Get Things Moving” After Storms

Shoppa’s Material Handling is stepping up to help those affected by massive storms and tornadoes that hit North Texas and surrounding areas last weekend. As partners with North Texas Red Cross and North Texas Food Bank, the Shoppa’s team is offering to help speed up recovery efforts those who need to rent equipment to help in the cleanup effort.

“I've seen the businesses in this area get back on their feet again and again after natural disasters, economic downturns and other difficult events. And we will do so again,” said Mark Dozier, territory manager at Shoppa’s, in a letter sent out to customers and clients. “Please know that Shoppa's stands with you and all of North Texas during this difficult time.”

In the wake of the storms that rolled through North Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for many counties in the surrounding areas, including includes Cass, Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Erath, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Panola, Rains, Rockwall, Rusk, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wood counties. Several schools and campuses have been closed due to damage. Roughly 130,000 people lost power across North Texas due to the storms and many are still displaced. Churches and businesses were also affected.

“We have a vested interest in helping our community, including some of our own team members, who have been affected by these storms,” said Jimmy Shoppa, president, Shoppa’s Material Handling. “As a part of this whole area, Shoppa’s Material Handling will always be there to help when our community needs us.”

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Shoppa’s Welcomes Ellena Fortner Newsom as Marketing Manager

Shoppa’s Material Handling and Shoppa’s Mid America are excited to announce the addition of Ellena Fortner Newsom to the management team as Marketing Manager. Ellena brings more than a decade of experience in the marketing and social media content field to Shoppa’s, having spent the most recent past working with Parker Law Firm of Bedford as the Marketing Director and Mothers Against Drunk Driving as a Senior Digital Specialist, where she was responsible for leading the digital team in online fundraising. In her position at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, she compiled a list of impressive accolades, including increasing fundraising.

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Move, Boost and Maximize With Pallet Jack Sales Event

When your material handling applications call for horizontal transport, call for the Toyota 8HBW23 electric pallet jack, now on sale at Shoppa’s Material Handling for just $3,999* through Oct. 31. These budget friendly electric pallet jacks come with the best-known name for reliable and durable horizontal material handling transport, Toyota.

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Special Delivery! President’s Award Arrives With Honored Guest


Toyota Parts Service Manager Michael Bernhard from Toyota Material Handling USA in Houston recently traveled to Shoppa’s Material Handling headquarters in Fort Worth to personally deliver Shoppa’s 15th Toyota President’s Award.

“We were excited and honored beyond belief to receive this highest Toyota honor for the 15th year,” said Jim Shoppa, president of Shoppa’s Material Handling, “but then, to have it personally hand-delivered by Michael Bernhard from TMH was another level of honor.”

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