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Malcolm Logistics names Briggs preferred supplier

September 20, 2016 by David Turner

Logistics specialist Malcolm Logistics has appointed Briggs Equipment as its preferred supplier of materials handling equipment, after the two companies concluded a major new contract valued at more than £3 million.

Malcolm Logistics is improving its extensive materials handling capability at its own facilities across Scotland as well as sites it manages on behalf of customers. Briggs is supplying the company with 109 Hyster forklift trucks plus an additional 21 machines, which are a mix of Aisle-Master articulated trucks, ride-on powered pallet trucks, sweepers and scrubber dryers.

The Hyster forklift fleet is made up of H2.0FTS, H2.5FT, H3.0FT and H3.5FT machines, widely acknowledged as some of the toughest and most fuel-efficient IC trucks on the market, and will be deployed to support one of Malcolm Logistics’ customers in the drinks industry. The 2.5t, 3t and 3.5t machines will be fitted with cascade push/pull attachments, carton clamps and double pallet handlers to improve their ability to load and transport goods.  

Specially ‘wrapped’ to depict Malcolm Logistics’ corporate identity, the trucks have been specified with the Hyster Tracker wireless asset management system, which is designed to reduce operational costs and CO2 emissions by improving operator performance and overall fleet efficiency.

Briggs preferred supplier Malcolm LogisticsA leading provider of fully integrated road, rail and warehousing services operating 300+ trucks, Malcolm Logistics has acquired the Hyster machines on a rental contract spanning 60 months. The deal includes full servicing and maintenance support, which will be carried out by the Briggs H10 and H11 engineering groups operating out of the company’s Cumbernauld depot to ensure service support continuity.

Getting its materials handling strategy right is vital for Malcolm Logistics, which operates more than five million sq. ft. of warehousing space across 10 sites in central Scotland, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Avonmouth and Northamptonshire. It also manages in excess of 1.5 million sq. ft. of warehousing for customers plus 1.2 million sq. ft. of bonded warehousing space.

Scheduled for delivery in October and November, the Hyster forklifts will be deployed at sites throughout central Scotland, including customer sites at Shieldhall, near Glasgow, and Leven in Fife. They will handle drinks products stored in Malcolm Logistics’ multi-user warehouses and despatch goods via several intermodal solutions built on the needs of its customer base.

Joe Moir, Regional Sales Director - Scotland at Briggs Equipment, said: “We’re delighted to have signed this important new partnership agreement with Malcolm Logistics, which has exacting standards when it comes to materials handling, both for its own facilities and managed sites for customers, many of which are leaders in their industries.

“A competitive package, including a flexibility agreement, coupled with our commitment to delivering high standards of service across all aspects of the contract, were instrumental in Malcolm Logistics awarding us preferred supplier status. In addition, our ability to provide equipment for demonstration gave the company’s senior managers the opportunity to monitor truck reliability and productivity at a customer site before making an investment.”

Twenty trucks from Briggs Equipment’s extensive short term hire fleet are currently on loan to Malcolm Logistics, while an additional £250,000 is being invested by Briggs in a further 10 machines to support the new partnership.

Malcolm Logistics has also agreed to its 2016 fleet replacement contract being awarded to Briggs Equipment on the back of the order for the 109 Hyster forklifts.

Hyster Tracker allows Malcolm Logistics to improve fleet management using reliable reports generated on a 24-hour basis. Its managers also have access to BE Portal, Briggs Equipment’s market-leading asset management tool, enabling them to not only measure equipment performance against agreed service level agreements, but also to use the accurate data proactively to reduce costs.