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Supplying forklifts since 1976

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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

High demand for forklift operators due to the rise in online ordering

We live in a world where we can pretty much click a button and have something delivered to our door within a few hours. The rise of online shopping has been astronomical, with 20% of present day purchasing now attributed to online shopping. As a collective culture, we’ve grown used to rapid delivery times, sometimes on the same day, with just as easy returns.

One reasonable byproduct of this rapid growth, but perhaps one that doesn’t immediately spring to mind, is an increased demand for forklift drivers.

Online shopping, home delivery and rapid order-turnarounds require large scale warehouses to house the stock. But this also creates a demand for experienced and skilled forklift drivers to manoeuvre stock and ensure it gets out of the warehouse on time.

Forklift drivers play a pivotal role in the supply chain process and are vital from a logistical standpoint.

Forklift operators need to have a specific set of skills in order to carry out their job in the most safe and efficient way. And to fill the increasing demand for forklift drivers, more innovative training technologies are being used.

Without proper training, a forklift operator is at best, pretty ineffectual and at worst, a danger and a liability. Operating a forklift is not as straightforward and easy as one might think. There are so many mistakes that can be made when using a forklift. Places such as warehouses have strict health and safety rules and regulations that must be adhered to; meaning the training forklift operators get must be thorough.

And now, newer technologies such as virtual reality software are being used to give the best training possible – all down to the fact that we just love to online shop! Of course the demand for forklift drivers also means there is a demand for the actual forklift trucks themselves. Whether it’s used forklifts or new forklifts, here at H&F, we have a variety of forklifts for sale – all of the highest quality. Take a look around our website or contact us for more information.

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H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

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