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Raymond Forklifts expand Freedom Furniture space

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ONE of Australasia's largest furniture retailers has increased the storage capacity of its warehouse and reduced stock damage by using Raymond Forklifts’ warehouse equipment.

Freedom Furniture increased the storage capacity of its 33,000 square metre Sydney Kings Park warehouse by 36% by adopting a narrow-aisle configuration.

The company re-equipped the warehouse with specially modified Raymond Swing Reach trucks and man-up high-reach Raymond EASi Order Pickers to suit the narrow-isle configuration.

Freedom Furniture’s import operations manager Bill Keast said the Raymond Swing Reach trucks are unique in Australia.

"Our five machines were modified with an extended four-way turret, to suit a 2.1m long furniture pallet - which is almost twice as long as a normal pallet," he said. "We use the larger pallet size to carry tables and sofa beds.”

"In the import division, we have 3000 stock control units and a million items, and we need totally selectivity of stock - we must be able to reach any carton in the warehouse at any time," said Mr Keast. "The Raymond machines give us that flexibility.”

Bill Keast said the Raymond machines were first introduced in the 18,000 square metre import section of the Kings Park warehouse in 2003.

"We have five Swing Reach trucks and 20 Order Pickers, and the company has since 2003 introduced Raymond machines in our Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne distribution centres," he said.

"They're also used next door to us in the NSW warehouse, where they've found that using the Raymond Order Pickers helped reduce damage to stock."

Toyota Industries Corporation Australia distributes and supports Raymond in Australia through its Toyota Industrial Equipment dealer network (in all states except WA where the product is available through WA Fork Trucks).

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