Santa’s workshop isn’t the only huge establishment using scissor table lifts to load packages for delivery at this time of the year. Online shopping is at an all time high with ecommerce sales hitting an all time high of £533 bn in 2015. The reliability and variety of goods available from online stores is causing local high streets to flounder. This of course it making us more reliant on online shopping causing a year upon year increase in sales.
There is a great deal of pressure on delivery companies to ensure orders come on time and in pristine condition. This means that the packaging and loading process needs to be as smooth as possible. Automated conveyor systems allow goods to be transported to loading bays efficiently and economically. Scissor table lifts transfer heavy items to a higher level without causing injury to staff. This is particularly useful when loading packages onto lorries and vans for transportation.
Delivery companies are not the only businesses to benefit from scissor lifts at this time of the year. Public houses and nightclubs are stocking up on beer and other alcoholic drinks to ensure their patrons get very merry. Scissor table lifts are fitted under the cellar doors so barrels and bottles can be lowered into the cellar. Staff easily unload the delivery stocking up the cellars for the festive season.
It seems that we are no longer a nation of shopkeepers because online shopping is becoming increasingly popular. Online retail sales for non food items has increased from 11.6 % in 2015 to 24.1 % in 2017. Purchasing items online is convenient, has a large selection of goods and has a quick delivery time. High street shops on the other hand require time consuming logistics such as; finding time, parking and the possibility shops won’t have the desired item in stock. It is generally cheaper to purchase items online because the companies buy products on mass reducing the initial buying price.
There is more buyer protection for online purchasers as they are able to return items within 14 days. While some high street shops only allow refunds if the item is faulty. This is because online items are selected based on photographs which may be misleading as opposed to seeing the original goods. Even large high street chains are having to close stores due to the retreat from the high street. It seems the nation’s online shopping habits are rapidly changing the landscape of our high streets with no sign of stopping.
Scissor table lifts are so called because they are raised using a scissor like action. They are used to to load/ unload goods, lifting, work positioning, product placement and pallet stacking. Each scissor table lift is built to the specifications of each individual application. Installations can either be in a pit or at floor level with the option of adding a cradle to the lift. Electric powered Hydraulic systems are used to raise the lift smoothly. There are also options to install a concertina guard to increase safety.
If you would like to discuss your options regarding scissor table lifts contact us and we would be happy to offer advice.