The British summer is now coming to a close, and retailers all over the country will be turning their attention to the push for Christmas domination over the next few months. Pallet Trucks UK is urging businesses in this arena to invest in high-quality equipment to help them cope with demand, ahead of what is expected to be a bumper year for the retail and e-commerce industries.
Last year’s Christmas shopping statistics were a sight to behold. Online retail sales broke through the £100bn mark for the first time, with £104bn in total spent online. Shoppers on High Streets all over the country also splashed out; official City forecasts expected retail sales to increase by 0.2% over Christmas – instead, they shot up by 2.6% in total.
The forecast for 2015 looks even brighter, with experts predicting 12% market growth and £116bn to be spent online this year – which has led Pallet Trucks UK to remind retailers and others in the industry that it’s crucial to be prepared ahead of this busy season.
Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Pallet Trucks UK, says, “Christmas is, of course, traditionally the busiest time of year for businesses in the retail sector, as well as many other related industries. We’d like to urge organisations hoping to profit from the Christmas rush to ensure their equipment is of the highest standard. During such busy times, businesses don’t want to be experiencing dips in productivity due to faulty or damaged equipment – they’ll need to have plenty of spares and extra equipment on standby to step in and keep productivity levels high.”
He adds, “At Pallet Trucks UK, our vast range of pallet trucks and other lifting and handling aids can help take the stress and strain out of the Christmas season, making life easier for operators and ensuring that businesses are functioning efficiently. With our help, businesses can make the most of the festive period and emerge in 2016 with increased profits.”
Pallet Trucks UK offers a range of pallet trucks that are suitable both for life on the shop floor, and life behind the scenes in the warehouse or distribution bay. Customers can choose between PU and nylon wheels depending on where the truck will be used – PU wheels are better suited to customer-facing areas, while nylon trucks are rugged and durable enough for delivery bays and stock rooms.
Many of the trucks come with added features or attributes that enhance productivity further. For instance, the wide traverse pallet trucks can be used to navigate narrow aisles with ease, while the weighing scale pallet trucks gives accurate weight readings quickly and efficiently.