Alliance, supplier of non-food catering equipment and catering disposables in the UK, has upgraded the materials handling equipment at its Marlow and Glasgow warehouse facilities with the addition of counterbalanced trucks, reach trucks and order pickers from Jungheinrich UK Ltd. Alliance operates a number of regional storage facilities strategically located around the UK as well as a national hub in Crewe. The arrival of the new trucks coincides with the company's decision to move its High Wycombe facility to a bigger site in nearby Marlow and to expand its Glasgow operation to a larger unit in the same city.
"Thanks to the growing demand for our products we had outgrown both the High Wycombe operation and our original Glasgow facility", said Alliance's operations director, Aidan Walker. Jungheinrich supplied reach trucks from its ETV range, models from the EFG Series of electric counterbalance trucks and EKS 110 order pickers. The racking aisles are served by a combination of order pickers and reach trucks, while the counterbalanced machines unload and load incoming and outgoing delivery vehicles and undertake other general duties at the site.
Jungheinrich's ETV reach truck range provides excellent working conditions for the operator. For example, there is no steering column in the cockpit which enables the operator to mount and dismount quickly and safely. This also ensures ample legroom is available and provides a comfortable sitting position on the reach truck. In addition, an adjustable backrest and body weight facility on the truck's Comfort seat allows the operator to adjust the sitting position to his or her exact requirements.
Meanwhile, the EFG counterbalance trucks supplied feature fourth generation AC technology which means that they offer class leading performance and the lowest running costs. Alliance operates Jungheinrich equipment at each of the other sites within its UK logistics operation and, as Aidan Walker explains, the company had little hesitation in specifying Jungheinrich products for the new facilities. "We have used Jungheinrich trucks throughout our business for several years during which time we have experienced very few mechanical problems with the fleet and, apart from routine service and maintenance, we have had very few occasions to call out an engineer. We rely on materials handling equipment for the smooth running of our business and the reliability of the Jungheinrich products is a major factor in our ability to deliver best in class services to our growing clients base."
Alliance has over 18,000 line items in its range and its customers include hotels, pubs, health and leisure clubs, care homes, restaurants and catering establishments of all shapes and sizes from major national hotel chains to small high street cafes.