Asda has become the first UK supermarket to introduce a powered stair climber, in collaboration with materials handling specialist, Stanley.
Following a successful trial of Stanley’s stair climber, Asda has introduced 270 machines as part of its urban delivery fleet. These will work alongside conventional trollies and reduce the need for manual handling when making deliveries to properties with stairs.
The climber is expected to lead to a reduction in time spent at the doorstep, while improving the overall customer experience and reducing the risk of manual handling injuries to employees.
Simon Gregg, Vice President of Online Grocery at Asda said: “We know that our drivers are making an increasing number of deliveries in urban areas where many customers live in flats and apartments, which often require access up several flights of stairs.
“Through collaboration with Stanley, we have been able to create a powered stair climber that suits the needs of our drivers and growing online operation, which in turn will see us reduce time at the doorstep and improve the customer experience.”
Graham Sharp, Stanley’s Managing Director added: “Increasing home delivery capacity whilst reducing the risk of injury to personnel are two areas of focus for ‘last mile’ grocery teams.
“We are delighted that Asda has recognised the proven benefits of improving delivery times and colleague safety.”