As a service provider for food logistics, some of the biggest retailers of the UK are among Boughey Distribution’s customers. In order to meet delivery dates and ensure fast turnover, the company relies on forklift-managed logistics at its warehouse in Nantwich. As the sole machine supplier, UniCarriers provides a fleet of 100 counterbalance and warehouse trucks, which handles all the tasks of the internal company material flows. To maximise the vehicles availability, two UniCarriers technicians provide service on site.
The capacities of Boughey Distribution at Nantwich, are impressive: there are a total of 100,000 pallet places, distributed across 15 warehouses. As a result, the company is one of the leading service providers, for the storage and distribution of food in the UK.
The partnership between Boughey and UniCarriers extends over 30 years. In the past, Boughey sourced its trucks exclusively from the original UniCarriers brand Atlet. Consequently, the 100 UniCarriers rented forklifts that help meet Boughey’s deadlines, recently included 37 counterbalance trucks. UniCarriers also provided support in planning the facilities – with the Logistics Analyser, simulation software that is part of the comprehensive service package UniCarriers 360°.
This is what the ideal solution at Boughey looks like: all products stored on flexibly adjustable pallet and mobile shelves that permit optimal use of space. The shelves are stocked using UHX and UMS reach trucks. To keep an ongoing overview of all products stored in the 15 warehouses, Boughey relies on perpetual inventory of the stocks. This involves the logistics service provider permanently comparing the goods on hand with the data filed in the system and making corrections where needed. OPS high level order pickers are used to perform the inventory. The customer orders are assembled using PLP low lift pallet trucks, which are also employed for loading and unloading trailers. By contrast, Boughey uses DX 20 and DX 32 gas-powered counterbalance trucks for side-loading of trailers and for internal transport of pallets on-site.