In light of the UK’s move towards Brexit, the warehousing industry has seen a sudden spike in demand for good quality warehousing space and workers to help cope with the ‘stockpiling’ of consumer goods.
From fast moving consumer goods such as perishable groceries and household items to items imported from Spain and other EU countries, many companies have been upping their order quantities in response to a wave of panic buying bought on by UK customers concerned about the availability of certain products.
Although this increase in demand is good news overall for the warehousing sector, the amount of suitable storage space and the availability of workers to help manage stock and logistics is putting even greater strain on the supply chain, and retailers are now seeking new warehousing spaces to store stock overflows before it reaches shelves.
This is leading to pressure being heaped on warehouse workers and warehouse managers who are engaging new staff to help keep up with this spike in demand, but with this increase in workers comes a need for warehouse owners and managers to consider their current lifting equipment availability to help them keep up with this busy period without putting individuals at risk.
With over 6.6 million days of work being missed in the UK in the 2017-2018 period from musculoskeletal disorders, the warehousing sector simply cannot afford to take any risks with the wellbeing of their workers during this period of uncertainty.
Midland Pallet Trucks, a provider of high-quality lifting equipment for the warehousing industry including pallet trucks, manual stacker trucks and lift tables is on hand to help support this surge in demand thanks to their centrally-located distribution centre.
Lifting equipment can be ordered either via phone or online and shipped the very same day, meaning that businesses can keep up with demand without putting their workers at risk.
Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks, said, “This pre-Brexit boom is excellent news for the warehousing industry, but it does lead to concerns about the safety of staff who are feeling the pressure of retailers stocking up in response to panic buying by UK customers.
“Having the right equipment available to safeguard staff from common lifting injuries is crucial to ensure continued productivity, so we’re urging warehouse facility managers to get in touch to discuss their needs and take advantage of our fast dispatch services.”