Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Spt-Oct 2015 Contents Leading Australian interstate logistics company SCT
Logistics is enhancing its focus on safe, fast and cost-
efficient customer service through its new national alliance
with United Forklift and Access Solutions.
SCT this year entered a long-term contract with United, extending
over five years, that standardises its fleet of more than 130 forklifts
on the latest CAT range in a comprehensive package tailored to
customer service, advanced reliability and elimination of downtime.
The new agreement is customised particularly to the needs of SCT
as an industry leader with extensive refrigerated transport, warehouse
and distribution facilities, operating its own rail fleet with national rail
and road transport networks extending from facilities in Brisbane,
Sydney, Parkes, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
SCT says its expanded partnership with United Forklift and
Access Solutions is based on an enduring
relationship extending over nearly 20 years.
The alliance is built on shared values and focus,
encompassing particularly safety, service and
advanced high efficiency technology engineered
to advance reliability and cost-efficiency while
United Forklift and Access Solutions is one of
Australia's largest privately owned forklift and
access equipment companies, with a similar
company footprint to SCT extending across key
Australian markets, enabling it to offer a truly
national solution that remains responsive to local conditions.
"SCT selected United to provide the agreed package after a
tight and demanding tender process, which reflected the fact that
our core business is very unique with special requirements," says
SCT national fleet manager Michael Sommers.
"Because we are not just a road transport and warehousing
company but also a strongly rail-focused organisation, we needed
a company that could provide versatile and suitable specialised
equipment when and where we need it to keep operations flowing
smoothly throughout our extensive operations.
"We were looking only for companies that could provide the
standards of maintenance, service and product we needed, who
were prepared and equipped to make the investment of time in us
to ensure the relationship worked harmoniously and efficiently on
an ongoing basis.
"That's what we found with United.
The technology offering from United was also important,
including the latest CAT gas powered forklifts and specialised
electric forklifts from Australia's most extensive range of forklift,
scissor lift and boom lift equipment for sales and hire.
"Good equipment and backup is 100 per cent crucial to us -- our
operation is going 24/7, running rail services to Perth, rail services
to Brisbane, Adelaide, Parkes, Sydney; it never stops and our
equipment can't stop either.
"Equipment also needs to be tailored to our specialised needs --
forklifts, for example, need to meet the spec for weight distribution
in rail. Forklift problems can bring things completely to a stop in an
operation such as ours.
"We also wanted to minimise costs in our new
partnership, particularly reducing maintenance
and damage bills that occur when equipment
is working in demanding environments. Our
equipment is continually going in and out
of containers, and operating in demanding
warehouse and transport environments where
avoidance of downtime and damage is crucial.
If a machine is down, we need to get it up and serviceable right away.
"We had confidence in United because we have dealt with them
for over 19 years in Perth and it has been a good experience.
The CAT equipment provided to SCT has the world class safety
and efficiency features SCT needs, including lower fuel consumption
and higher staff safety and protection features.
"SCT is strongly customer-focused, a culture that we share. In fact,
both privately owned companies have very similar key values, partic-
ularly towards operational efficiency, service and safety," said United's
general manager, sales, marketing and distribution, Trent Osborne.
A POWERFUL ADVERTISEMENT
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SCT'S POWERFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITED FORKLIFTS ADVANCES SAFETY,
SPEED AND EFFICIENCY FOCUS FOR DYNAMIC LOGISTICS LEADER.
The United fleet offers truly
national solutions. Pictured
is the handover of CAT
forklifts to SCT in Perth.
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