Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Short Term Articulated Fork Lift Rental Suits Many Freight and Supply Chain Customers

Whether Looking to Buy and Testing Products or Simply Filling a Gap in Capacity - Flexi Investment Offers Multiple Options
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UK – Enthusiasts of articulated fork lift trucks, which enable access to freight and other stock in narrow aisles, may be persuaded as to their efficacy but, as with any variation from the norm, many supply chain professionals and warehouse managers may need a little persuasion to try out the technology. An easy way to ‘taste and try’ is by taking up a short term rental, perhaps if an existing truck is ‘off the road’ or a company is looking to upgrade its fleet and wishes to explore different options.

Certainly Flexi Narrow Aisle, UK-based manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks, has confidence that there is a real requirement and has announced an investment of over in £1 million in its short term rental (STR) fleet. The investment means that Flexi now has over 300 trucks in its STR fleet – which it believes to be considerably more than any other articulated forklift specialist.

Flexi trucks can be hired from between one week and 12 months and include full maintenance and service support in the weekly rental cost, plus the average age of the trucks in the company’s short term hire fleet is now less than 4 years old. Flexi Narrow Aisle’s sales and marketing director, John Maguire, explains the company’s strategy, saying:

“There is a growing trend towards the use of Flexi articulated truck technology across all industry sectors and short term rental is increasingly seen as an attractive way of quickly acquiring additional lift truck capacity by more and more companies to support seasonal peaks and the increased business levels. Short term rental appeals to companies for various reasons but operational and budgetary flexibility are perhaps the biggest drivers. Companies can add short term rental trucks to their fleet to cover busy periods while finance directors can find short term contracts useful as the trucks do not always need to appear in the user company’s balance sheet.”

The full range of Flexi articulated forklift trucks, including the recently launched Flexi VNA and HiLOAD versions, are now available on short term hire contracts. All the products are offered for next day delivery and installation anywhere in the UK and are maintained through Flexi Narrow Aisle’s service and support national network.