United Forklift and Access Solutions is supplying nationwide logistics operator Bluestar Global Logistics with more than 60 new forklifts.
Bluestar offers a one-stop shop for logistics service, including national door to door deliveries, international freight forwarding and 3PL warehousing.
United supplied over 60 units to Bluestar’s depots nationally. A combination of heavy duty and high-performance CAT 2.5t LPG forklifts, CAT 3.0t LPG forklifts and CAT 1.6t electric reach trucks were selected.
“In a competitive tender, United was the standout company, because their service truly went above and beyond,” said Peter James, asset & compliance manager at Bluestar Global Logistics.
Before submitting its tender, United visited each of Bluestar’s national offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to assess areas where it could provide cost-saving solutions that optimised efficiency and productivity.
United’s national major accounts manager Mark Pemberton and his team identified two major problem areas where United could help. “We discovered that the hosing and hydraulic cylinders in their old fleet were left too exposed, and they were having to replace them frequently due to damage. Our CAT forklifts have been fitted with a low-profile hose that is positioned further back, along with a custom-designed and manufactured cylinder protector. Both of these features reduce damage to these otherwise vulnerable parts and enhance the overall safety of the machines, ultimately reducing the cost of life to our customer,” said Mr Pemberton.
“The other wear issue we identified was that the heel of the forklift tynes was wearing out over time, and once it’s worn past a certain point, the forklift is no longer standards or safety compliant. We added a lift cylinder spacer, which means that when the front of the tynes are touching the floor, the back is still slightly elevated. In addition to stopping wear from hitting the ground, it stops the heel scraping along the ground if the forklift moves with its tynes down,” he said.