Friday 13th Dec 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Mobile pallet could generate 600,000 of convenience store staff hours savings

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The use of a pre-filled mobile pallet display, known as a ‘Dolly’, in convenience stores could result in an additional 600,000 hours of labour on shop floors every year, according to CHEP UK and Ireland.

CHEP said that the small, wheeled quarter pallet display would reduce staff hours currently tied-up in ‘pack-by-pack’ display replenishment or using equipment, like pump-trucks, to manoeuvre stock around the shop floor.

Sean Field, store solutions category manager CHEP UK & Ireland, said: “The consumer shift towards ‘little and often’ shops put unprecedented pressure on convenience stores. Limited space in-store for full-size cages, minimising costs and staff overheads, and keeping promotional products on display throughout the day are all challenges that all levels of management must grapple with.”

Alan Abraham, logistics manager at Henderson Wholesale – which supplies to Spar and Vivo stores –  said: “The CHEP Dolly does fit within the philosophy of where we’re going with our future supply chain. It allows for inefficient processes to be removed, reduced or eliminated.

“The manoeuvrability of the ‘Dolly’ and ability to roll the unit from stock room to shop floor generates instant dividends.

“For example, it can take up to half an hour for a single staff member to stack large soft drink bottles. The ‘Dolly’ can be deployed in moment.”

By Michelle Mooney