Pallet truck specialists, Midland Pallet Trucks are urging the UK’s retailers to adapt their warehouses in accordance with changing demand as shopping moves away from traditional bricks and mortar locations.
Online sales have been transforming the landscape for retailers this summer, with a major boost taking place throughout July 2019 – contradicting earlier predictions from economists. While a decline was suggested to take place during this same month, official figures from the Office for National Statistics show retail sales grew by 0.2%, and were also boosted by 3.3% compared to July 2018.
Midland Pallet Trucks MD, Phil Chesworth said, “Consumers might not always be happy to splash the cash in store, but it appears that buying online still holds significant – and growing – appeal. As more and more buyers choose to purchase online, retailers and manufacturers must keep up with this growing market if they hope to future-proof their businesses. Thankfully, a few key changes to their warehouses can help upgrade both their capabilities and their profit margins.
“One of the major draws for online shoppers is convenience, and the speed at which these consumers can get hold of the items they buy is therefore crucial. Maintaining a functional warehouse means retailers can quickly find and ship items, and keep their customers happy – materials handling equipment like our ergonomic hand pallet trucks go a long way to keeping things moving around the clock.”
Investing in a lift table can help ensure retailers are equipped to move and stock products efficiently, particularly if opting for a product like the TG50 Extra large lift table, which can hold up to 500kg. The product comes equipped with heavy duty steel construction for added security, and is moved by an foot-operated hydraulic lift for ease of use.
Weighing scale trucks are also a handy investment for warehouses, particularly those where stock needs to be accurately assembled for a speedy shipment. The SAC-W 540X11150 Weigh Scale Pallet Truck frees warehouse staff to weigh their stock whenever and wherever needed, measuring it in either pounds or kilograms as desired. The item is equipped with a large LCD display for clear and accurate readings, saving retailers time and boosting efficiency.