As a store owner, especially a grocery store or similar operation, stocking and re-stocking shelves is vital. This usually means that your workers have to go to the back of the store or warehouse, find the pallets, pull those pallets, and bring the loaded pallets to the front of the store for re-stocking of the shelves. If you are planning on upgrading or buying new forklifts, you may want to consider the reasons you should use forklift hires instead.
One of the key points to having forklifts for your store stocking needs is to have that equipment well maintained and ready to go at all times. This can be costly and may lead you to hiring someone to come in on a routine basis to simply maintain the forklifts. If you choose to use a forklift hire, then this type of maintenance is part of most hire company contracts. In fact, some of the contracts may offer an option of picking up the current forklift hires you have out and dropping off replacement equipment. This ensures you always have the forklifts you need and that the hire is able to easily maintain their equipment.
If you own your own forklifts then one of the things you will need to be concerned with are replacement parts. These parts can be costly and may take time to find if you have an older model forklift. You will need to know the make, model and possible serial number of the part to order it and then be at the mercy of the parts store for turnaround time to receive the part. This all must be handled prior to fixing the forklift. If you already have a back-up replacement part you will still need to find someone skilled to handle the repair without voiding any warranty that may still be on the forklift. A forklift hire will have the parts ready to go and can have them to you or installed by a qualified technician with less downtime.
There are several sizes available when it comes to forklifts. Some of the newer models are even specially designed to work with smaller spaces like grocery style aisles. The problem is that if you are buying the forklift yourself, you may limited on the type you can receive due to your business' income and budget constraints. By using a forklift hire you can ensure that you have a wider variety of sizes and forklift styles to choose from. This will help you find the right forklift for your business instead of just the right one for your budget.
These are just a few of the reasons you should use a forklift hire for your store stocking needs. Contact a local forklift hire like MLA Holdings Pty Ltd for more information on this process. Remember to ask them about options that will fit your store isles easily and make transporting the loaded pallets and stocking the shelves easier.