In its second and largest order to date for the leading South African retailer, Pick n Pay, Toyota Forklift, part of the EIE Group, is delivering 31 reach trucks and 70 order pickers to its Longmeadow distribution center in Gauteng. The order includes Toyota Forklift’s award-winning, high-performance model, the BT RRE200H two-ton reach truck.

The order, received mid-June 2017 for delivery by November/December 2017, was placed on an outright purchase with full maintenance basis. The machines comprise 31 RRE200H TX11500 reach trucks, 50 OSE250 long forks for handling three rolltainers. and 20 OSE250 extra-long forks for handling four rolltainers. The machines are being deployed in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) warehousing for pallet putaways, retrievals and order picking at the Pick n Pay Longmeadow Distribution Centre.  An onsite workshop with parts, established by Toyota Forklift, offers full maintenance backup and service to the machines.

The Toyota high capacity reach trucks were developed for intensive stacking applications and are being supplied with the award-winning I_Site Fleet Management System. This system provides instantaneous and essential forklift fleet data in the major areas of cost, productivity, health and safety, and environment.

Incorporating a new chassis design and new generation mast, the Toyota BT Reflex reach truck offers a total view concept from, amongst other features, the low front panel and window in the overhead guard post. This, together with the Optimised Truck Performance, made possible by the controlled acceleration, braking and steering depending on speed, ensures stable and controlled driving for high levels of safety and productivity. Safety is further enhanced through Pre-Operational Checks and a PIN-code start-up, ensuring that only authorised drivers have access, while advanced ergonomics are provided by a fully adjustable operator environment.

The BT Optio OSE250, with up to 2.5 ton capacity and a lifting height of up to 2.6 m, is suited for both first and second level order picking. The order pickers are equipped with a low step-in, automatic speed reduction, and E-man steering to optimize productivity and safety.

“We are honoured to receive such a significant second order from Pick n Pay, a major new client which we acquired only last year,” says Gary Neubert, EIE Group’s CEO. “In line with our commitment to building partnerships for life, we have engaged with Pick n Pay on an ongoing basis since the first order, with updates and proposals on our best-in-class brands.”

In the first order from Pick n Pay, received in 2016, Toyota Forklift supplied Philippi distribution center in the Western Cape with 50 LPE 200 pallet trucks and 10 OSE250 order pickers.

As the sole distributor of Toyota Forklift, BT, Raymond and Flexi material handling equipment in Southern Africa, EIE Group is the largest supplier of forklifts to the Southern African market and has the most comprehensive product support infrastructure in the region.


For further information contact:
Shane Farren

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