A third more storage gained

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Telford-based Schneider Electrics has reached maximum storage density at its 6,000sq m warehouse extension now that it is using two side-loading Bendi forklifts from Translift Engineering.

Schneider distributes a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment from the Telford warehouse, which features 38,000 storage locations ranging from pigeon-hole to outsize pallet sites, all under the control of a Catalyst warehouse management system and Psion Teklogix hand-held radio data terminals.

To improve its logistics efficiency, the company closed down its Swindon distribution centre last year and built a similar size extension to the Telford warehouse to create 12,000sq m in total.

The Telford site had already been using four standard Bendi trucks along with a mix of other trucks. However, Schneider needed to hire to more Bendis because the extension had 9m high eaves compared with 7m in the existing warehouse. This meant the old Bendis could not be used in the extension to service the higher storage levels.

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