Forklift company Toyota Forklift, a division of equipment company Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), has been awarded a major order to supply a comprehensive range of warehousing equipment to Shoprite Group of Companies food retailers Shoprite and Freshmark.
The order saw one of the first deliveries of the zero-emission Toyota Traigo electric counterbalanced forklift trucks to an oper- ation in South Africa.
The equipment supply and on-site maintenance contract was awarded to Toyota Forklift towards the end of 2014, with delivery rolled out from late 2014 into 2015.
The order, comprising a total of over 400 trucks, predominantly from the BT range of warehousing equipment, is mainly for use at Shoprite and Freshmark distribution centres in Cape Town and Centurion, where the equipment will be used for replacement and expansion purposes. The Centurion distribution centre is the largest of its kind in Southern Africa.
The equipment supplied includes products from Toyota Material Handling Europe, including the Toyota Traigo forklift truck and Toyota I_Site, both of which have been recipients of International Forklift Truck of the Year 2014 awards.
The forklift fleet management solution, the Toyota I_Site offers Web-based control, providing convenient access and easy and effective fleet management.
Also part of the order are 200 BT Optio low-level order pickers designed to meet a variety of demands in terms of picking height, manageability and load capacity.
“This major order is a proud addition to our long working relationship with the Shoprite group of more than 15 years. “It is fully in line with our philosophy of forming partnerships with our clients for life, not only through the delivery of world-class products, but also based on our customer- focused service,” says Eqstra industrial equipment divisional CEO Gary Neubert.