Loading systems specialist, Transdek, has installed a 6.5-tonne Double Deck Lift and a wheel ramp system for TJ Morris, the Home Bargains retailer, which significantly speeds up the unloading and turnaround times of the company’s double deck vehicles.
TJ Morris was established over 30 years ago and has grown to become one of the biggest privately owned companies in the UK. Its Home Bargains brand is the third largest independent grocer in the country with over 250 stores that are serviced by a purpose-built £35million national warehouse and distribution centre at the company’s headquarters in Gillmoss, Liverpool.
At the facility, Transdek has installed a self contained hydraulic double deck loading system that enables TJ Morris to handle up to 20 double deck trailers over a 24-hour period on this dedicated unloading dock.
The compact, surface mounted lifts are designed to enable simple integration and flexible operation, without the need for costly civil engineering work. Each easy to operate unit incorporates a raft of safety features that are geared towards enhanced loading efficiency, as well as safeguarding operators.
"For double deck vehicle unloading, this is the best bit of equipment on the market," says Gary Cobb, D.C. operations manager at TJ Morris. "One of the key benefits for us is that Transdek’s modular pod system was fitted and fully operational within 24-hours, which was crucial at such a busy distribution centre.
"The addition of the raised wheel ramp platform a simple but extremely effective solution that allows a direct run through to significantly speed up the unloading of delivery cages from the bottom deck."
With a strategy to double in size to 500 stores by 2018, TJ Morris is continuing to seek opportunities to improve efficiency across its supply chain operation that will ensure stores are continuously replenished.
To achieve the company’s goal, the distribution process plays a vital role, as Cobb outlines: "The company have ambitious plans to expand Home Bargains over the next few years and part of our strategy is to increase the use of double deck trailers within our fleet to reduce mileage and CO2 emissions, as well as drive out cost. To facilitate this effectively we already plan to add more of Transdek’s equipment to handle growing volumes."