Jungheinrich has supplied a fleet of over 240 trucks from its extensive forklift product portfolio to Sainsburys Hams Hall distribution centre (DC). The contract was fulfilled over two phases with some 152 trucks delivered earlier this summer and a further 89 trucks becoming operational at the facility in October 2008.
Sainsburys Hams Hall forklift fleet now includes Jungheinrich reach trucks, low level order pickers, ride-on pallet trucks and models from Jungheinrichs new VFG range of hydrostatic engine counterbalance trucks. The trucks have been provided on contract hire and, as part of the package, Jungheinrich service engineers will be permanently based at the Hams Hall DC to ensure that truck uptime is maximised.
Opened in 2001, the 690,000 sq ft Hams Hall DC provides both ambient and chilled storage and serves Sainsburys stores throughout the West Midlands.
Jungheinrich now supplies circa 25 per cent of all of the forklift trucks used by Sainsburys within its UK logistics operation and Jungheinrich truck fleets operate at Sainsburys distribution centres at Tamworth and St Albans. In June of this year, Jungheinrich supplied a fleet of over 115 trucks to Sainsburys Tamworth DC.
Jungheinrichs Corporate Accounts Manager, Vernon Hill, said: As recently as three and a half years ago Jungheinrich was doing no business at all with Sainsburys, so our growing relationship with the company is particularly pleasing. Sainsburys is obviously one of the UKs leading retailers and the efficiency of the companys logistics operation is fundamental to its ongoing success and the fact Jungheinrich forklifts are at the heart of Sainsburys logistics operation is testament to the quality of our products and the service support that we offer.
Derek Boghurst, Sainsburys Material Handling Manager, commented: I have used Jungheinrich trucks previously so had no hesitation in working with them in Sainsburys. However, its not just the quality of the trucks that convinced us to work with Jungheinrich. We require suppliers who work in partnership with us and have the flexibility to adapt to our ever changing demands and Jungheinrich were able to demonstrate that they had the culture, values and commitment to customer service to deliver the kind of results that we are looking for.
About Jungheinrich UK Ltd:
Jungheinrich UK Ltd offers Pallet Trucks, Stackers, Counterbalance Trucks, Reach Trucks, Order Pickers, Very Narrow Aisle and Stacker Cranes in more than 600 truck variants. As well as this, Jungheinrich provide an extensive Aftersales Support Network, Rental and Financial Services, Racking Systems and Warehouse Planning. The company is a division of the German-owned Jungheinrich Group, which has manufacturing facilities Worldwide.