Midland Pallet Trucks, a provider of high-quality manual handling equipment including pallet trucks, manual stacker trucks and lift tables, is warning warehousing managers that action needs to be taken now to alleviate supply chain disruption fears.
With many media outlets reporting on the disruption that Covid-19 is having on the supply of fast-moving consumer goods, including perishable foods, more pressure is being stacked upon already overwhelmed warehouse workers as they struggle with the unpredictability of the logistics and warehousing industry.
The global pandemic has served to highlight the poor ‘visibility’ many UK stockists have when it comes to their supply chain relationships. This, coupled with the ‘pingdemic’ disruption has led to stock shortages in several areas, with empty shelves a common sight in supermarkets despite the fact that warehousing space is in high demand across the UK and Europe.
Warehouses are having to rearrange their layouts quickly in response to the position of their suppliers and accommodate new lines to avoid wasted and consequently unprofitable warehousing space.
Not only is this a time-consuming task that falls to warehouse employees to tackle, but a lack of correct manual handling equipment such as moving skates and mobile aerial work platforms can significantly increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries when floor plans and racking needs to be reconfigured quickly to cope with the unpredictability of a supply chain.
By preparing for every eventuality now, warehousing managers are able to ensure that they have the correct equipment at their disposal before the need becomes critical and can train their staff on the proper use of equipment necessary for regular warehouse floor and storage changes.
“If the last 18 months have proven anything, it’s that that we should anticipate that we cannot accurately predict changes in the supply chain,” said Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks.
“That’s why all warehouses should be preparing for supply chain disruption now to help alleviate the stress stacked upon their already busy workforce. We are here to support the sector in any way we can, and that includes fast shipping from our centrally located depot so that all warehouses have access to the manual handling equipment they need now to help safeguard against injury when business needs change.”