Pallet trolleys are an important asset for any business and can be utilised in a number of different environments. In this article we will discuss how the pallet trolley has had a positive impact on several different industries ; what its strengths are and how it can be utilised by your business to its maximum potential. I will also touch on other business improvement techniques to supplement the use of a pallet trolley as well as compare it with alternative forms of equipment.
An Introduction To Pallet Trolleys
The pallet trolley , also know as the pallet jack is a tool that is used to move large goods and weights such as oversized containers and crates of supplies. This particular form of equipment only requires on person to operate and is a simple design whilst remaining robust. This particular form of equipment requires only one person to operate it.
Key Points And Advantages To Pallet Trolleys
The Pallet trolley has a number of key advantages it has over other forms of equipment. Here are just a few of them:
- Easy to operate. Very little training or time is needed to operate pallet trolleys effectively. This can help to save on time and labour.
- Pallet trolleys are considerably cheaper than most alternatives and this means several can be purchased for an organisation in order to speed up supply chain times
- These pieces of equipment can effectively be used within narrow spaces or corridors. This allows for better efficiency overall.
Alternative Forms Of Equipment
Of course as well as the pallet trolley there is a variety of different equipment that can be chosen to help move and transport goods. One of the most popular across the world and well known is the forklift truck. Compared with a pallet trolley a forklift truck is considerably larger and more complex to operate. Typically a forklift truck driver requires a course with formal training on how to operate it safely before they can use it. Forklifts are also considerably more expensive than pallet trolleys due to their increased capabilities in terms of weight capacity and speed.
Overall whilst forklifts trucks are more expensive they are less labour intensive as they are operated by a motor or battery. Furthermore forklift trucks have a significant capacity to manage higher weights than the pallet trolley by over two tonnes. Overall when comparing this piece if equipment with pallet trolleys it can be concluded that it may be more effective in large industrial environment.
Impact Of The Internet On The Logistics Industry
The internet has had a significant effect on the logistics industry and the way it operates. Firms such as amazon and ebay have massive shares in online sales and as a result have bought up large shares of storage and production facility space across the UK. In some senses this is pushing smaller logistics firms out of the market. Due to its size Amazon can afford mass warehouses which are often almost fully automated in order to maximise efficiency. Whilst this would appear the most technically advanced and effective option mistakes can and will be made by robots occasionally and there are more health and safety considerations than there may be with human staff.