MATERIALS HANDLING: Round-The-Clock At Golden Harvest
Recent Western Cape Business News
SPECIALISING in the supply of premium quality fresh fruit and vegetables to some of South Africa’s largest food retailers, wholesaler Golden Harvest requires round-the-clock reliability in the materials handling department. To help meet its logistics challenges, the company’s Cape Town branch relies heavily on backup provided by Hyster forklift dealer Barloworld Handling.
Golden Harvest customers include the Shoprite Checkers group, Pick n Pay and Spar. While the local market is the core of its business, the company also imports and exports fruit and vegetables from and to countries across the globe.
Golden Harvest has its head office in George and branches in Johannesburg and Pretoria, but its operational hub is in Cape Town where the company has premises in Epping and Philippi. To serve its growing needs, it will soon expand into a new state-of-the art facility, also located in Epping.
About 100 000 tons of fresh produce per year are handled in Cape Town and despatched by air, sea or refrigerated truck. This translates to some 350 tons of palletised produce that has to be loaded and moved by forklifts each day.
The company uses a fleet of 18 diesel and electric forklifts from 1.6 to 2.5 tons in Epping and Philippi, representing three different brands.
“At Golden Harvest we pride ourselves on supplying produce on time at competitive rates, whether locally or internationally. To achieve this we require strong support from our service providers, and Barloworld Handling’s performance has been excellent,” says Pieter Kotze of Golden Harvest.
“Materials handling equipment is a key element in the day-to-day running of our business and the backup provided by Barloworld Handling helps ensure high productivity. In the end there is not much difference between the different forklift brands; it all comes down to service. The great backup we receive not only reduces forklift downtime but also ensures a longer vehicle life.”
One 2.5 ton diesel Hyster machine at Golden Harvest has clocked about 17 000 hours and is still going strong due to the backup received.
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