To celebrate Easter weekend, we hosted an egg hunt this morning for our employees. The idea was to have a little competitive fun and treat everyone to some chocolate.
The engineers found nearly all of them and claimed all the prizes in the space of 5 minutes.
We’re not saying there was shenanigans, but there were definitely shenanigans.
Ah well, at least we still have delicious Easter snacks!
We’ll be shutting down over this bank holiday weekend (though our on-call service will still be live!) so we’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Easter!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and we’ll see you again on Tuesday 23rd.
To celebrate the arrival of Spring and the fact that Easter is on its way, Hitec Lift Trucks are proud to announce our first annual Great Easter Egg Giveaway!
Running from the 15th – 30th of April, and as a big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, we’re giving everyone who gets in touch with us* (via this page) a free Easter Egg! Simple as that!
All you have to do is fill out the contact form below to let us know that you’re having serious chocolate cravings and we’ll make sure that your Easter egg is delivered to your place of business.
Be one of the first three to get in touch with us and you’ll receive a giant Easter Egg
Update: Our giant Easter eggs have been won! But we still have dozens of Easter eggs to give away! Claim yours now!
You don’t have to commit to anything and you won’t have to worry about us bombarding your email box with spam. All you need to do is enjoy your free Easter egg!
Thank you for your endless support everyone, our Easter egg giveaway was a massive success!
2019 is shaping up to be a great year!
* This giveaway applies to UK business addresses only. One Easter egg per email address. Maximum of 1 Easter eggs per business. This giveaway runs from 8.30am 15th April – 5.00pm 30th April. Terms and Conditions apply.
Hitec Lift Trucks are very excited to inform you that we are now reachable through Live Chat!
We want to make ourselves as accessible to our customers, old, current and future, as much as we possibly can. So, if you have any questions or need our help (or would like to discuss the weather) we’re now constantly available to you throughout the working day.
How Can This Help You?
Our brand-new Live Chat function can be found across the website and our friendly team are just a click away. If you:
- Are in need of breakdown support
- Would like to arrange a site visit
- Want additional information on a product or service
- Would like to arrange a call with a sales representative
- Need a quick response
Then our Live Chat function is for you!
The chat is live between 8.30am until 5.00pm in the evening, but if you’d like to catch us after hours, feel free to leave a message and we’ll get back to you first thing in the morning.
Just keep an eye out for our icon on the right-hand side of your screen to access this fantastic tool:
We hope that you find this new website feature useful. Our Live Chat is active and ready to put you in touch with a member of our helpful team.
We Look Forward To Hearing From You Soon
We may have mentioned over the past few months that Hitec Lift Trucks will be exhibiting at the Vertikal Days access event in May.
Specifically, we’ll be there on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th. It’ll be a fantastic opportunity to browse what’s available on the market and see what Hitec can offer.
We’ll be at stand 207 and would like you to join us!
We have 150 tickets to give away for free to anyone who would like to attend.
Your ticket includes:
- Free attendance to all seminars and workshops
- Car parking
- A hot lunch
- The latest issue of Crane & Access Magazine
If you would like to attend Vertikal Days, just get in touch with us!
Tickets are first come first serve and we are limited to 150, but remember, they’re absolutely free and require no commitment from yourselves! Just let us know that you’d like some and we’ll happy send them to you!
In the second installment of our ‘favourite questions Google is asked’ series (the first being ‘Can a Forklift…?’), we take a look at warehouses. Most importantly, ‘why warehouse…?’ A global staple of the vast majority of industries, warehousing allows for many businesses to grow and thrive.
But still Google is asked pressing questions regarding these large, spacious facilities. As always, Hitec will endeavour to answer the call. We hope you find our attempted explanations useful!
Why Warehouses Are Needed/Important?
Let’s start from the top. In reality, this is two questions melded into one, because they both have the same answer; expansion.
A small business can only grow if it can supply demand – that’s where warehousing comes in. Goods can be stored in bulk, ready for shipment when they’re required. Facilities can be altered or built to requirement – if goods need to be kept in cold storage, refrigerated units can be installed.
Warehouses allow for the safe storage of additional goods that businesses such as retail, manufacturing, agriculture and transport are unable to keep on site. This can be due to space, site and money restrictions. Often, it can be cheaper to rent warehouse space than to build additional storage.
The bigger a business becomes, the more warehouses it may need to keep up with demand.
Why Warehouse Location Is Important
Warehouse location can be vital – if your warehouse is local to you, you’ll be able to supply your surrounding areas with ease. However if your warehouse is at a more central location, you may be able to cater to a larger audience – at the potential cost of taking additional time to deliver due to travel.
When it comes to businesses who have more than one warehouse, you’d be hard pressed to find an example that has all of their storage facilities in a cluster. More often than not, warehouses are spread out so that the can cover a larger area.
Sometimes warehouses are positioned due to logistics – they may be local to the transport business a company uses for delivery, or near an air or shipping port if goods need to be sent overseas.
It’s important to understand where your customers are when choosing your warehouse location. If they’re all over the country, then multiple warehouses in many locations would serve you well. If they’re in a specific area, a nearby warehouse can help minimise transport costs and transit times.
Why Warehouse Layout Is Important
If you can only afford one warehouse, then it’s important to make the most of the space. There are many different racking solutions available that can help increase your storage capacity. If your warehouse has lower square footage but high ceilings, narrow aisle racking could be the perfect solution. If your warehouse is wide with lower ceilings, you may instead benefit from double deep pallet racking.
It’s vital that you carefully consider what racking solution you decide on – choose wrong and you could be missing out on a lot of potential storage space. Similarly if you run your distribution operations from your warehouse, you’ll need to ensure that you have enough space for your inspection areas and packing bays.
Another thing to consider is the equipment you use in your warehouse. If you currently use a standard counterbalance forklift, but are short on space, maybe consider changing to a reach truck, an order picker or an articulated truck. Utilising one of these pieces of equipment could allow you to consider a different racking option and even increase the productivity of your employees as they would be able to move more freely.
Why Warehouse Safety Is Important
Safety in any work place is vital. Your employees are the muscles of your business and if they are compromised or hurt then your whole system can crumble. The welfare and safety of your employees should be your number one priority.
There can be particular danger in warehouse environments. Not only do you need to worry about the safety of your employees, but also of any structures, such as racking, and equipment you have in place. By ensuring that your employees have the correct training you can work to lower any potential dangers.
This is especially true for equipment operators. Forklifts, for example, are heavy, powerful machines and if used incorrectly could quite easily cause massive damage to your warehouse and fatally harm your workers. Safety lights, alarms and practices can all help to make sure people know when a forklift is nearby. Operator awareness can be raised by ensuring that they receive frequent training.
Making sure that walkways are clearly marked, that your floors are clean and tidy, your stock is appropriately stored, equipment moves at a slow speed and you regularly inspect your racking for faults and damage can all help to promote warehouse safety and protect your employees from harm.
Why Use A Warehouse Management System?
WMSs are a clever invention. Designed to aid the control and administration of warehouse operations, WMSs (Warehouse Management Systems), allow for complete visibility. From when goods arrive in your warehouse to when they leave, you’ll be able to monitor the fulfilment process, manage stock, orders and audit.
Typically accessed from a tablet, a WMS is a piece of software that allows for inventory management no matter where you are. If you’re looking for a smart way to streamline your operations, increase visibility and reporting and manage your supply chain with ease, a WMS could be the tool you’re looking for.
Although installing a WMS into your operations can be an expensive and complex process, you could in fact save money using one. How? By improving accuracy. A clear and correct inventory is more manageable and reduces errors in picking, packing and shipping goods. As a result there is a lack of lost stock, incorrect dispatches and improved customer service as people end up with the correct item without issue.
WMS software handles real time data this ensures that you have access to current information on operation activities, such as;
- Movement of goods
Other common WMS features include;
- Warehouse design
- Inventory tracking
- Labour management
- Picking and packing
- Shipping and much more
So, if you’re looking for a method to help you better monitor your warehouse operations, a WMS could be the way forward. There’s software available for smaller businesses, large scale organisations and ecommerce giants. No matter what your size, there will be a WMS for you.
Why Use Warehouse Automation?
Although similar in question to the above, automation and WMS software are two very different things, so much so that they’re sometimes used in conjunction with one another. To help better explain how warehouse automation could help your operations, let’s first take a look at the different types of automation currently available;
- Goods-to-person (GTP) GTP involves automated equipment that brings items to a worker for packing. GTPs work by receiving orders from a central database, locating them in a warehouse, retrieving them and then delivering them to the awaiting worker in the packing area. With businesses who have utilised GTP experiencing higher throughput, it’s a quick and efficient version of automation that can also help reduce operating and order fulfilment costs.
- Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) A type of GTP, AS/RS systems automatically remove goods from storage, as well as place them INTO storage. Often they’re used alongside a WMS.
- Pick-to-light systems This system involves conveyer belts or carousels, wireless scanners and tote boxes. A barcode is placed on a tote which, when scanned, informs a zone orientated picker of what items are supposed to be loaded in, as well as the quantity of that item. LED order numbers illuminate at the pick locations allowing pickers to best determine their picking route. When the pick is complete, operators confirm so by touching a button next to the order number display. The tote is then moved onto the next zone or toward dispatch.
- Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) Typically used in ecommerce fulfilment situations to help address high volume, high labour requirements, these autonomous robots often work alongside warehouse workers. The AMRs make their way through the warehouse, meeting up with the manual pickers who then place the required goods in their tote boxes. When the totes are full, the AMRs then transport the goods to the packing area. Another version of AMR uses vacuums and trays to pick boxes and totes onto mobile carriers.
Warehouse automation comes with a great many benefits. From increased speed in the picking process, to enhanced productivity from the manual pickers, automation can help you identify areas which need improvement, or that already work well. Your inventory management can also benefit as accuracy increases thanks to less human error.
Not only that, but your warehouse safety can improve thanks to automation. How? With less footfall, your workers are less likely to suffer from strains and fatigue. This also leads to lower warehouse traffic, which lowers the chance of accidents between workers and equipment. Because there is less need for workers to handle goods, there’s less chance of damage to both them and your workers.
Overall, warehouse automation could be an excellent addition to your business, especially if you’d like to enhance productivity and safety.
In conclusion, warehouses can be a vital component of any business. They can be utilised in different ways and there’s many different types of equipment and software available to help you get the most out of your space.
Still unsure of what warehouse layout, equipment or software would best suit your needs? Why not get in touch with our expert team? They’ll be more than happy to help guide you through what’s available. You can call us on 01933 228127 or email us at email@example.com.