Matalan

2 x modular double deck lift pods – increase fixed double deck loading speed and safety

Overview

  • Goal/s: Increase home delivery loading capability and ops flexibility 
  • Product/s: 2 x modular double deck lifts
  • Vehicle/s: Double/ single deck artics and home delivery vehicles
  • Load Capacity: 9 industry pallets plus operator
  • SWL: 5500kg
  • Feature/s: Taillift pocket, bi-fold bridge plate
  • Added Services: Site surveys, swept path analysis, installs
  • Result/s: 50% cut in DD loading times, improved safety

The Client

Matalan is a leading UK and international omni-channel clothing and homeware retailer. Founded in 1985, in 2019 the company employed over 13,000 people, operated 230 stores in the UK, turned over £1.1 billion. Matalan’s fleet of 10 fixed double deck trailers was previously loaded via taillift at the Knowsley national distribution centre.

The Project

Matalan commissioned Transdek to supply two 18-rollcage double deck lifts to service fixed deck trailers at the company’s Knowsley DC. The lifts were fitted with bi-fold bridge plates to enable rear door-opening after docking, and with taillift pockets, which were specified as an alternative to integrating taillift transformers in to the pods.    

The Results

As well as improving safety for loaders, the double deck lifts have cut loading times by 50%, compared to the previous taillift operations. In addition, the taillift pockets have effectively cut taillift usage by c. 50%, with knock-on benefits for maintenance costs. The modular, plug-and-play lift pods were each fitted in 2 days.    

“As a result of fitting the Transdek lifts, we’ve been able to half the loading time of our double deck trailers, as well as increasing safety for our loaders and drivers. Another major benefit for us is that the machines will comfortably service our changing fleet profile, as we switch to Transdek’s Wedge and other forms of double deck trailers to further increase our logistics efficiencies in the future.”

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