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A successful Tasmanian discount variety chain
has invested in a fleet of Toyota forklifts for its
warehouse and retail outlets throughout the state.
Shiploads has taken on 15 pieces of
Toyota forklift equipment for use in its
Hobart warehouse and retail stores. This
includes three 8FBN18 1.8-tonne payload
counterbalance battery-electric forklifts
and one BT reach truck for the Shiploads
warehouse, and 11 SWE120S BT walkie
stackers for each of its retail outlets located
Shiploads has used Toyota forklift equipment
since it was founded in Hobart in late 2010.
The direct relationship with Toyota Material
Handling Australia's (TMHA) recently
established Tasmanian branch in Launceston
(with southern sales/rental/service support and
north-west service support) replaces its previous
arrangement with a local Toyota agent.
Shiploads' logistics manager (or 'harbour
master') Dan Bryan said the company has always
used Toyota forklifts thanks to good experiences
with the brand in a previous business.
"We have found the reliability of the Toyota
forklifts and walkie stackers then and now to
be excellent. They are affordable, comfortable
to operate and it's easy to train new staff
members to use them."
Mr Bryan nominates the key attributes of
the Toyota forklifts as their reliability, rigid
construction and ease of operation.
"Our staff need efficient, safe and reliable
equipment, and the Toyota forklifts and walkie
stackers give them just that. We have compared
the Toyota machines with other brands but our
staff continually rate the Toyota equipment as
TMHA area sales manager Rodney Jones said
the Shiploads management team have been
long-time advocates of Toyota forklifts and other
"They were using Toyota forklifts while
working for another variety retail chain, and
when they set up Shiploads nearly six years ago
they were very happy to keep using Toyota.
"Their needs are a little different to many
retailers in that, in addition to the main
warehouse, each of their retail outlets has a
small storage area which is why they need a
walkie stacker stationed at each one.
Shiploads is Tasmanian owned and operated
and offers a wide range of discount variety
products at "extreme value" prices in its 12 retail
outlets across the State.
For more information call 1800 425 438 or
Kalmar dealer NTP Forklifts Australia has
launched the Kalmar K-Motion drive train
onto the Australian market. The technology,
embedded in the programming of the Kalmar
Gloria Reachstacker, increases the efficiency
and productivity of Reachstackers by improving
uptime, ergonomics and safety. According
to the distributor, the machine also promises
significant reductions in fuel, emissions and
The first equipment to feature the K-Motion
technology is the Kalmar Gloria DRG450
Reachstacker, designed for container,
intermodal and industrial handling.
Kalmar product manager at NTP Forklifts
Australia Peter Trevitt said: "We are impressed
with Kalmar's long-term commitment to
developing equipment that help users meet
their sustainability targets and minimise the
environmental impact of their operations.
"Our customers are under pressure to increase
capacity, cut costs and improve their carbon
footprint hence the attractiveness of a machine
with significant fuel and emission savings. We
believe this new product from Kalmar is a game
changer when it comes to reach stacker design
and efficiency. We have data available from the
Kalmar Smartfleet fleet management system, of
customers in Europe experiencing savings of up
to 8 litres of diesel per hour. Over the life of the
machine, these savings become very significant
to your running costs."
Kalmar K-Motion's combination of hydrostatic
and mechanical technologies delivers a more
efficient transmission and allows for a smaller
engine, reducing fuel consumption and exhaust
emissions by 40%.
For more information call (02) 9760 0666,
email email@example.com or visit
The Kalmar Gloria
Shiploads general manager Ashley
Wilson (centre) with logistics
manager Dan Bryan (left) and TMHA
area sales manager Rod Jones.
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