Strong seasonal demands meant VIP needed external 3PL support from October to January each year. With 2,500 pallet locations in the main building, the decision was taken to expand (’next door’, as Rob puts it), with a brand new £1.6 million warehouse adding another 5,000 locations.
The new extension allowed Rob to also extend the ethos of mixed storage and picking, adding 10m high racking, enough to stack five high pallet loads, served by four Magaziner Kombi very narrow aisle turret trucks, otherwise known as man-up order pickers.
Delivered On Time
Carrylift’s Geoff Pearson believes the equipment provides the best option, as well as a high degree of reliability.
Says Geoff: “The Magaziners are a very well-engineered piece of kit. Since the operator rides up with the load to the storage location, he gets a great view of the load and its rack destination. The operators are safe within the machine and the height allows the bottom section of the aisles to have live storage or part-pallets for faster item picking.”
“It is a technical type of kit,” adds Rob. “It’s been upgraded but our operators are familiar with it, and the equipment we’ve had from Carrylift has always been up to the job. We get a great service and the occasional pastry from Geoff, and the technical support from Steve Topping is excellent.”
Delivered on time and on budget, the bespoke equipment is now busily replenishing those ground level mixed picking areas.
Two TCM four-wheel electric counterbalance and seven powered pallet trucks, all in company colours, make up the rest of the fleet, which in turn is complemented by an unusual piece of equipment to add fast flexibility.
“We purchased a batch of shopping trolleys,” says Rob. “We are not afraid to spend thousands on the big equipment if it does the job, but these also do a great job for us!”