Industry Advice

See LOCATORS useful guides and tips. From keeping your forklift in top working condition to optimising your warehouse’s productivity.

Some of our latest advice

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Automated Trucks

Automated logistics is gearing up to be the next step in material handling and storage system solutions. Pandemics aside, rising escalations in operational costs and driver shortages have hampered warehouses. Businesses have found themselves struggling to retain reliable and qualified employees. However, with automated trucks, businesses can boost their efficiency and have consistent performance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Diesel & LPG Gas Forklift Hire

When it comes to determining whether to buy or hire, there are undoubtedly pros and cons – for both options. However, the decision lies with our customers and their specific circumstances. For example, a start-up could really benefit by opting with diesel or LPG gas forklift hire over a hefty upfront purchase or long-term fixed agreement. These savings on cash and flexibility at such a pivotal stage could prove critical for any young business. 

Battery Types For Forklifts

Battery Types for Forklifts

The type of battery your electric forklift uses can deliver wildly different results – and we’re not just talking about the effects it’ll have on your truck. After all, any forklift operator knows that an inefficient forklift makes for an inefficient warehouse – and no one wants that. So, to keep your staff happy and your business functioning as it should, Locators have compiled a handy guide below on battery types for forklifts. Consider the following pros and cons when it comes to utilising these battery types for commercial and industrial use.

Electric Forklift Hire

Electric Forklift Hire

Want to ward off delays and deadlines, brought about by sudden breakdowns or seasonal demands? Locators can help with that. We offer electric forklift hire that can help your business keep running smoothly in the face of adversity. Hiring is a cost-effective solution for businesses that have seen uncertainty since COVID-19, lockdown and the effects that came with it.

Energy & Carbon Savings Initiative

Locators’ Energy & Carbon Saving Initiatives

As a business – and as individuals – we are committed to minimising our environmental impact. Over the last 10 years, we are proud to have implemented numerous eco-friendly initiatives.

Among the most significant of these was the installation of 200 solar panels on the roof of our headquarters in 2013. With the help of a 40% grant from Low Carbon Dorset, we later added another 150 panels in early 2020 and doubled our generating capacity.

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Great Customer Experience starts in the Warehouse

In today’s modern world, superior customer experience is a key differentiator in a busy marketplace. If you can’t provide customers with what they want, when they want it, they simply go to a competitor. Now, for those of you still questioning how important it is to provide superior customer experience to today’s buyers, consider this . . . 86% of people are willing to pay up to 25% more for a better customer experience.

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Hire Equipment

When it comes to warehouse logistics and solutions, it’s always best to plan for peaks. Seasonal demands, sudden breakdowns, or unexpected bulk orders can prove critical. Such spontaneous conditions prompt delays and missed deadlines – which is the last thing your business needs in the current climate. In such circumstances, our responsive service support is committed to making your life easier with our industry-leading hire range. Whatever you need, we’re just a phone call away.

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The Importance of Safe Warehouse Operations

Managing a warehouse and/or storage facility can be a difficult task. Especially when you consider the regulatory compliance that goes hand-in-hand with the job. An environment which can be high risk for your employees if not managed correctly.

Are you aware of the full impact employee injuries could have on your organisation?

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Forklift Fuel Types

When choosing the right forklift fuel for your business, there are a lot of aspects to consider, including ease of use, sustainability, efficiency, cost, performance and more. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide, which covers the different forklift fuel types available, as well as their applications and advantages. With this information, you’ll be armed with the facts you need to make the right choice for your business.

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Keeping Warehouse Efficiency During The Busiest Periods

When a retail business experiences a busy period, it’s the warehouse function that needs to step up its game to ensure that the right products are picked, packed, and shipped on time. In this guide we’ll review a variety of warehouse factors including staff motivations, hardware, continuous improvement and much more, to ensure you remain efficient during any busy periods. So, simply read on for hints, tips, and other helpful pieces of advice.

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15 Tips To Keeping Your Warehouse Productive This Summer

For some of us, the summer heat has already made an appearance (for others, it’s yet to happen). But, as we enter the year’s hottest months, it’s safe to say that working in a warehouse can become an exhausting and challenging activity. So, how can you ensure your staff are comfortable and your operation remains productive even when the mercury rises? Well, here are a few tips to help…

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Optimise Your Warehouse For Maximum Efficiency

With the correct processes in place, you can create a warehouse environment that allows for a highly productive and efficient way of working. By running the warehouse and your storage solutions in this way you will improve logistics as well as saving time and money. Preparation is key. Investing time and manpower into warehouse organisation will lead to savings in the long-term.

What our clients say

We are very pleased with the change from an engine to an electric fleet. The trucks have been well received by our operators as they are comfortable and quiet to drive and give excellent protection from the elements. We even have the option and flexibility to use spare batteries and a simple battery change system if we ever want to work back to back shifts in the future. Locators also design, supply and install all types of racking and storage systems. They reconfigured the CooperVision warehouse for narrow aisle operation which increases the storage density and pallet locations. Locators supplied Aisle-Master articulated forklifts to work in this area.

Coopervision, Hamble

We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.

Colin Macgregor
Director, Y Goldberg

Every time we look at an application, Locators approach it like a blank canvas and always recommend the best equipment for our business. Locators have proved themselves as a very reliable and proactive service provider by keeping our trucks working and our fleet costs as low as possible.

Adam Conrad
Group Transport Manager for Covers

Being able to work with one supplier for storage and materials handling has been a benefit to us. Locators managed the complete installation and ensured the correct materials handling equipment was specified for their design. They also service and maintain all of the equipment they have supplied and offer a rack inspection service to make sure our warehouse remains a safe working environment. We are very happy with our new facility and we believe we have made the best use of the available space.

Marc Congdon
Engineering Manager, Costa

We purchased our first Toyota forklift from Locators 14 years ago for our farm. This truck has been very reliable and is still in service so we had no hesitation in deciding to purchase another Toyota machine. Locators recommended an electric forklift for our machinery depot as it is very quiet, has low running costs and does not create any pollution, making it ideal for working both inside and outside. Our operators are very pleased with our new Toyota truck and our business is very happy to be operating a forklift that has such a low impact on the environment.

Ed Smales
Director, NFFM

Locators installed the new racking system within a tight timeframe while our business was fully operational. They have provided us with a facility that has a similar storage capacity and reduced the size of our forklift fleet allowing us to lease one building instead of two. We are very happy with the outcome.

Paul Bickell
Nippon Express

Locators gave us the benefit of working with just one supplier for all of the storage and materials handling requirements of this project. By mixing 3 and 4 wheel trucks from the same model range, we have gained extra pallet locations and have the option to battery change between them and work multi-shift in the future. I was initially sceptical that electric trucks could replace LPG, but I am very pleased with the successful outcome of this project.

Mark Davis
Logistics Supervisor for Hall & Woodhouse brewery

It is a great benefit to us that we have a single source supplier who understands the needs of our business. This saves us time, improves efficiency and ultimately reduces cost.

Richard Horrocks
Smurfitt Kappa