According to the latest research, up to 80 percent of supply chain costs are incurred in the last 100m – the distance from the delivery truck to the storeroom or online customer’s front door.
It also accounts for a large share of the manual bending, lifting and related workplace injuries incurred within the supply chain.
Yet this phase has seen the least amount of applied innovation.
Australian based Rotacaster Wheel Pty Ltd, a materials handling manufacturer, addresses this issue with dramatic improvements in ergonomics, productivity and safety.
Its four wheeled, self-supporting Rotatruck is designed to improve productivity and prevent injuries.
Two wheeled hand trucks and flatbed carts have traditionally been used for “curb side to customers” and “pallet to shelf” movement of goods. But their mechanics have not evolved to effectively reduce the effort, bending and lifting required by workers in this supply chain phase.
While goods can in many cases be delivered to the store by pallet, these have to be broken down for delivery to shelf (pallet to shelf). This is still largely a manual handling task involving excessive bending and lifting, often resulting in high rates of musculoskeletal injuries.
This not only affects worker health, it has a negative impact on the company’s bottom line.
Rotacaster Managing Director Peter McKinnon says: “Rotatrucks make the last 100m of the supply chain “easier, quicker and safer.”
“Clients get a return on investment (ROI) from day one – and report total cost recovery within months, not years. And injury rates have been substantially reduced.
“The purpose-designed Rotatruck can de-palletise stock with minimal effort, bending or lifting,” says Mr McKinnon. “This not only improves the ease and speed of handling, but greatly reduces operator effort and strain.”
Incorporating revolutionary Rotacaster Wheels, which can change direction without turning and eliminate the need for a swivel rig, Rotatrucks are self-supporting, requiring the operator to bare virtually no weight as the load is guided to its destination. This feature also diminishes the need to park and pull back at transition or waiting points.
Rotatrucks navigate curbs in a forward direction by levering the load up the face rather than the operator having to pull it up, reducing effort by 78 percent. It also saves 41 percent in time by eliminating the need to reverse direction before and after the curb.
Rotacaster is an Australian company that designs and manufactures the patented Rotacaster multi-directional wheel and ergonomic materials handling equipment.
Rotacaster Wheel Limited
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