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.