Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Even Girl Guides Grow Older (as do their Fork Lifts)

Refurbished Models Can Give Offer a New Lease of Life (the Trucks that is)
Shipping News Feature

UK – GERMANY – Overheads are important for any business but especially so when charitable status is involved. Girlguiding is the operating name of The Guide Association which is a charitable trust incorporated and governed by Royal Charter, so the cost of logistics is one which the organisation always seeks to minimise. When one of the fork lift trucks which services the needs of the organisations warehouse in Altrincham grew too tired to continue the Girl Guides decided on a replacement reach truck with a refurbished model from Jungheinrich’s ETV range.

The 1600 m2 site stores over 2,000 product lines, mainly uniforms for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and The Senior Section, publications and gifts, which are sold through retailers, ‘volunteer shops’ (usually Guiding volunteers who hold stock which they supply to girls and volunteers in their local area) and via the website. Incoming trailers are unloaded using a Jungheinrich counterbalanced machine while pallets are put away in the racking and delivered to a mezzanine as required using a reach truck where orders can be picked, packed and dispatched. Girlguiding’s facilities manager, Andrea Mountford, explained why a refurbished machine was best suited to the task, saying:

“Jungheinrich were able to demonstrate that switching to a used truck offered cost benefits without sacrificing productivity or safety. Our ‘new’ truck has been fully refurbished to the relevant European standards and, we felt, represents far better value than certain new models on the market.”

Like all used, or ‘second life’ trucks offered by Jungheinrich, Girlguiding’s ETV has undergone a total rebuild at Jungheinrich’s dedicated refurbishment facility in Dresden. Trucks that have been through the refurbishment process are marketed in the UK as the Ready To Go range and used equipment showrooms throughout the UK where clients can view trucks for themselves.

Every machine that passes through the Dresden factory is completely dismantled and all worn or defective parts are replaced, including tyres and lift chains. The trucks are cleaned inside and out and repainted before being reassembled and safety tested. Neil Warren, Jungheinrich UK Ltd’s Used Equipment and Short Term Rental Director, commented:

“We are the first forklift truck manufacturer to have a factory dedicated to used truck refurbishment. The advantage of carrying out this work within the group is that we know all of the trucks that leave Dresden have been overhauled according to Jungheinrich’s quality standards so that they meet all legal requirements as well as our customers’ needs and expectations.”