Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fork Lift Trucks to Suit Two Different Supply Chain Customers

Jungheinrich Offers both the Old and the New
Shipping News Feature

UK – News from materials handling manufacturer Jungheinrich comes in two notices this week relevant to both second hand and cutting edge fork lift trucks. Firstly anyone interested in purchasing a ‘previously enjoyed’ truck might do well to pay a visit to two events the company has arranged for supply chain stakeholders giving prospective customers a chance to examine what’s available.

Jungheinrich (UK) are holding the series of ‘used equipment fairs’ at depots across the country this Autumn in Birmingham on 2nd and 3rd November and Bristol on 9th and 10th November. All the trucks on display have been refurbished to an extremely high standard and each model comes with a full service history, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) certification and up to six months warranty. 'Ready to go’ trucks on show at the fairs, will include electric and engine-powered counterbalance machines, pallet trucks and reach trucks and all are offered for next-day delivery.

Craig Johnson, marketing manager of Jungheinrich (UK) Ltd is enthusiastic about the events saying:

“With fully refurbished trucks available at around two thirds of the price of a new truck – and, in some cases, up to 40 per cent less – many truck users have found that used forklifts represent an attractive and economical alternative to new equipment.

“But financial considerations are not always the key driver and many large, profitable organisations also choose to invest in used equipment if their forklift usage patterns and the intensity at which their trucks are expected to perform do not warrant purchasing new units.”

A link to the used equipment open days can be found HERE.

Whilst many in freight and logistics will be interested in the chance to view a reliable, second hand option it is left to the blue chip sector to take on the innovations which appear in the market and at its distribution centre at Brackmills, Northamptonshire, leading retailer John Lewis is turning waste cooking oil from its in-store restaurants into eco-friendly biodiesel which it is using to power a Jungheinrich counterbalanced forklift truck.

The oil is collected directly from shop stores by John Lewis’s own delivery vehicles and brought back to the Northampton DC where it undergoes the chemical process that makes it suitable for use as a fuel. The truck, which is mainly employed to undertake a range of general yard duties such as sorting, stacking and unloading wooden pallets and other packaging materials, features a Volkswagen engine approved for the use of biofuel. Lawrence Ireson, maintenance manager at John Lewis’s Brackmills site explained:

“We take our corporate environmental responsibility seriously and are committed to recycling 75 per cent of all the waste we produce across our group by 2012. Converting waste cooking oil into fuel forms a small part of this commitment. We have been using a biodiesel blend in our transport fleet for some time so it seemed natural to use the same fuel in our Jungheinrich ic-engine-powered counterbalanced truck.”

John Lewis’s Brackmills Distribution Centre stocks a range of different merchandise for delivery to stores the length and breadth of the British Isles and in total operates a fleet of over 70 Jungheinrich forklifts. Trucks in the fleet include VNA order pickers, reach and pallet trucks as well as counterbalanced forklifts with the majority of the fleet being powered by electricity.

Photo: John Lewis site at Brackmills.