Customer A had a substantial fleet of equipment spread across a number of sites in the UK. Purchasing and service procurement was centralised but control over the fleet size and type of equipment was controlled at each location. There were no set replacement policies and age and condition of the fleet varied from site to site.
Initially Rushlift carried out a site by site survey to determine the age and condition of every unit, then on selected sites carried out an efficiency survey to determine whether a fleet rationalisation programme was required.
By combining a sale and leaseback contract hire proposal, with an element of short term hire, and a servicing and repair regime on equipment remaining in the ownership of the customer, Rushlift were able to reduce the fleet by 10%, whilst at the same time improving utilisation and extending the lives of a number of units to give the customer a significant reduction in its materials handling costs.
Service levels were improved by using a dedicated call centre and bespoke management reports are provided to the customer on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
In consultation with the customer, Rushlift now agrees an annual replacement programme advising on make and specification and utilising the information provided by FMS to make informed decisions to replace or extend the life of equipment as appropriate. With Rushlift organising and following up on statutory inspections the customer is safe in the knowledge that the fleet is being effectively and safely maintained.