Loading solution brings flexibility
12 December 2012
Thorworld Industries has delivered improved safety, warehouse flexibility and operational efficiency to Domino's Pizza, after the pizza delivery company purchased a loading platform for use at its storage warehouse in M
The secondary facility, based at Tilbrook, is used primarily to store and distribute double-stacked flatpacked pizza boxes. The need for a loading bay solution arose after Domino's began bringing containers into this warehouse, which didn't include a dedicated dock.
This would make loading and unloading a potential health & safety issue, so Domino's decided to invest in a compact, mobile platform to act as a hub for warehouse activity.
Researching options on Google, Goods In Supervisor Mik Vallas opted for a loading platform over a ramp, citing the benefits of portability and multi-functionality.
"We decided a ramp would not only be too cumbersome for storage, we were also concerned that the angle would be too steep for our on-site counterbalance forklifts to convey double-stacked pallets.
"In contrast, platforms can be quickly moved into position for safe loading and unloading. Their portability also allows us to use the platform for other functions," explains Mik Vallas.
One company in the platform market stood out for Domino's.
"Thorworld's platforms looked sturdy and robust, and they offered comprehensive, clear back-up - both of these factors differentiated them from other platform suppliers we looked at." Thorworld invited Domino's to its manufacturing site in Chesterfield, and also took the retailer to a warehouse where a similar loading platform was in operation, so that Domino's could see it in action firsthand.