Warehouse Racking

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Hitec Retrospective Christmas Jumper Day

The Hitec Retrospective; A Look Back At 2018

2018 went by quickly didn’t it?

As this year draws to a close and 2019 comes ever closer with the sparkle of fairy lights and the rustle of tinsel; Hitec Lift Trucks have decided to take a look back at what’s been an exciting, challenging time for our business.

2018 saw major change for Hitec; in June we were acquired by materials handling giant Briggs Equipment Ltd, which not only afforded us excellent support and resources, but phenomenal opportunity to expand and grow.

Briggs Equipment Acquire Hitec Lift Trucks

Through Briggs, we became a Hyster dealership, welcoming new equipment into our already broad fleet and able to provide our customers with an even bigger, better range of materials handling machinery.

Hitec Lift Trucks Hyster Dealership

We’ve also had the chance to expand the amount of training services that we can offer, which will allows fantastic opportunity for our customers to grow their knowledge and experience whilst gaining certification; for a full list of what training is now available with Hitec, please click here.

Our customer base has grown in number and we’d like to thank every single business and individual we’ve spoken to, visited, exchanged emails with and gained contracts with, but also those who have given us their time and loyalty over the years. Give yourselves a pat on the back, we couldn’t do what we do without you!

With our acquisition, Hitec have taken the opportunity to rebrand, now supporting a fetching red, white and black colour scheme, our vans and lorries can now be seen sporting our new colours – allowing us to be recognised wherever we go.

Hitec Lift Trucks Rebrand

To help us continue to grow and thrive in the new year, we’ve taken on lots of new faces, including staff at front of house, the expansion of our sales team, a new in house marketing department and new faces amongst our engineers – we’re sure you’ll get the chance to meet them all in 2019!

Hitec have continued our support of the East Midlands Rugby Football Union under 18s team, as well as sponsorship of the Rushden Diamonds Youth team – see if you can spot us on their kit! We’ve also been very proud to continue our work with the Rotary Club, supplying a free forklift whenever they require it for their work with Refugee Relief.

On the 13th of December we hosted a Christmas Jumper Day and bake sale in aid of Save the Children – far too much cake was eaten and we’re delighted to have raised money for such a brilliant cause.

We can’t promise that we won’t eat too many mince pies this Christmas; but we can promise that you can expect the same level of service and commitment from us in 2019.

Merry Christmas everyone, and a very happy new year to you!

We’ll hope to see you in 2019.

The Hitec Lift Trucks team

Christmas forklift

Want To Transform Your Operations This Christmas? Consider A Forklift

For growing businesses, Christmas counts. Not only can a vast majority of their trade come in the lead up to the festivities, but it’s a chance to prove themselves to customers. For those who operate out of a small warehouse, hiring on additional picks and packers becomes a must. But have you considered also hiring a forklift?

Not only could it help speed up your operations, but it could mean greater utilisation of your facility and better productivity too. Not sure? Let’s take a look at the ways hiring a forklift over Christmas could benefit you.

Christmas hyster forklift

Short Term Hire

If, for 75% of the year, your business manages perfectly well without a forklift truck, it doesn’t make sense to purchase one. Nor would it make sense to hire one for the long term. However for the few months you do need it, having a forklift could make the difference.

Short term hire would ensure that you have the equipment when it benefits you and when it’s no longer needed it doesn’t need to be kept in storage the rest of the year.

If this is something you’d like to consider, why not get in touch with our experienced team? They’ll be able to advise what type of truck would best suit your needs and facility. You can get in touch by calling 01933 228127 or emailing info@askhitec.co.uk.

Faster transport

The lead up to Christmas often sees an increase in eCommerce purchases. For pickers and packers, keeping up with demand can become stressful. Ensuring that goods are out on time could also result in injuries as staff strain themselves to carry heavier loads on pallet trucks and to move as quickly as possible.

A forklift could not only lift weighty goods, it can also move significantly faster than a staff member on foot. When goods come in, it can be used to unload lorries at a quicker pace, alternatively, it could help load them faster too.

Storage Efficiency

Are you currently unable to make the most out of your storage facility, as everything needs to be within reach for your pickers? A forklift could solve this issue in a pinch. You’d be able to utilise racking, storing more goods higher than before, and able to reach them when needed.

Whilst your pickers and packers are no doubt excellent at what they do, human strength and a pallet truck often aren’t enough to make the most of a facility. You can get more stock in for Christmas, store it safely and efficiently and increase accessibility with a forklift.

If your facility is narrow and aisles are close together, you might believe that this means you’re unable to utilise a forklift. Wrong! There are multiple models available, and side loading trucks are perfect for working with tightly packed racking.

Side loader Hyster

 

Handle Greater Inventory

In the lead up to Christmas, you might be tempted to get in bigger orders of stock, or perhaps even larger, heavier goods. Doing so in the past may have been difficult, or even impossible as your staff may have struggled to move and store them.

With a forklift, you wouldn’t need to worry about the strain of introducing bigger wares. This in turn could open up opportunities for your business to grow, whilst enabling you to fulfill customer desires by having stock in when they want it, with less worry about running out.

Reduce Strain On Pickers

Last year, UK consumers spent £1.4bn on Black Friday. With that figure expected to rise even higher this year, many businesses may cope with the Christmas rush by hiring more staff. This can be an excellent way of increasing the productivity of your operations.

However, with the increased workload, the chances of your staff becoming injured or unwell (despite their numbers) can become a worrisome problem.

By having a forklift, you can help ease the strain on your staff as you can not only save their backs, legs and feet (by lifting heavy loads and also by storing them better) but it can also help speed up their activities. In turn, this can help reduce the stress of trying to meet demand.

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We’re sure that your business is prepared and ready for December, but if you need that little bit extra help, Hitec Lift Trucks can help provide you with the forklift you need. For more information and to find a truck that suits your needs, why not contact our experienced team? You can get in touch by calling 01933 228127 or by emailing info@askhitec.co.uk