One of the best known and most iconic names in the transport and distribution sector, Eddie Stobart, is using a substantial fleet of Aisle Masters for its Contract Logistics and Warehousing Division which offers over 6 million square feet of storage facilities for major names in the UK retail and manufacturing sectors. Following an initial order for 25 units a few years ago, over 70 Aisle Masters are now in operation at sites across the country.
The Aisle Masters were selected following a tendering process for a new fleet that was necessary due to certain changes in the business model coupled with an increase in customer demand and throughput volume.
The build quality and reputation for extreme reliability of the Aisle Masters were factors which won over Operations Director Graeme Undy. Equally important was the accommodating and “can do” attitude of Aisle Master personnel. Graeme Undy: “We like to forge amicable relationships with suppliers who are open to suggestions from our side. This helps to drive innovation, is beneficial for all concerned and accords with Aisle Master’s ethos of providing customer led solutions.”
The electric powered 20WHE models with 2000kg capacity are mainly used for inside operation to place and pick pallets that have been deposited in the goods-in bay by other forklifts or power pallet trucks. However, their versatile indoor/outdoor capability means that at sites with external pallet banks they can also be used for offloading and yard work. Aisle widths vary from 1660mm to 2400mm depending on the location and racking heights are typically from 9m to 11m.
“We have seen a marked increase in productivity levels at every site where the Aisle Masters have been introduced,” says Graeme, “which is good for our operators, good for us and therefore beneficial to our customers. The investment in this new fleet has certainly paid off.”