Wednesday 26th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Clamp trucks coping with demand

The robustness of Daewoo gas trucks are helping to keep Allied Bakeries at peak efficiency in one of its busiest sites in the UK. Eight Daewoo G18S clamp trucks are at the heart of the despatch operation in Walthamstow, supplied by local dealer Fork Truck Direct.

Trays of supermarket-labelled goods mix with more familiar brands such as Kingsmill, Allinson, and Sunblest, which the company also produces. Stacked in fours, the trays are taken by the clamp trucks and loaded onto lorries destined for a few of the tens of thousands of shops that the company delivers to daily – or even twice daily.

Doug McLaren, who oversees the operation, says: “The average trailer takes 880 stacks. All are delivered straight to the back door of the supermarkets and into the high street. It’s all about freshness – no-one wants bread delivered to a regional distribution centre!”

Commenting on the Daewoos, McLaren says: “We have tried lots of trucks. The Daewoos have performed well. We think these are more robust and suitable to the task. We don’t need to complicate matters. We don’t even need forks. We just want the trucks to be tough enough to cope with the operation.”