Pets at Home, the UK’s leading specialist retailer of pet foods, pet-related
products and accessories have chosen Toyota Material Handling UK as their
materials handling supplier at their new distribution centre in Northampton.
Pets at Home was established in 1991 and currently operates from over 290
stores. Due to continual business success, Pets at Home have recently opened
a second distribution centre in Northampton.
Pets at Home have selected Toyota Material Handling UK to supply the trucks
for their new operation. The fleet includes over forty counterbalance and
warehouse trucks including; the highly productive Toyota Tonero
engine-powered forklifts, BT Reflex reach trucks, BT Levio ride-on powered
pallet trucks and BT Optio low-level order pickers. The fleet features
unique and innovative technologies that are designed to improve safety and
productivity in the workplace. This includes Toyota’s System of Active
Stability (SAS) on counterbalance forklifts which constantly monitors
forklift operations and automatically takes corrective action when it senses
factors that could lead to truck or load instability, and the tilting cab on
the reach trucks helps to reduce operator neck strain and fatigue.
Alan Billington, Regional Sales Manager for Toyota explains: "One of the key
factors in Pets at Home’s decision was that they needed visibility of their
fleet so that they could effectively manage costs. All the trucks on-site
are fitted with a Toyota Wireless Information System which collects and
sends information straight from the truck to a central management system.
This technology is part of our Toyota I_Site fleet management that gives
customers the tools to control their materials handling fleet and
proactively respond to any issues.
The Toyota I_Site fleet management system provides practical information for
customers about their fleet. By monitoring, analysing and understanding
this information, Toyota is able to help customers to get the best
utilisation from their equipment helping to increase productivity and reduce
costs, but also improve safety.
"Toyota I_Site fleet management will help Pets at Home to ensure that their
fleet is always operating at the highest standard, helping to reduce costs.
By working closely with Pets at Home, we have been able to specify the right
equipment and service support for their growing operation" concludes Alan