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Tarsus partners with Barloworld Handling in new DC

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Tarsus 1b.bmpHyster dealer Barloworld Handling has continued its long-standing partnership with leading southern African distributor of IT technology brands Tarsus Technologies with the delivery of a fleet of warehousing equipment to the company’s state-of-the-art new distribution centre in Woodmead, Johannesburg.

Tarsus Technologies forms part of MB Technologies (MBT), and the distribution centre (DC) saw the consolidation of all MBT operating companies into one distribution hub. 

“Unifying the logistics of our group companies enabled us to optimise supply chain efficiencies, which is also to the benefit of our reseller clients,” says Shaun Curnick, GM Logistics at Tarsus. “Previously products were distributed from three different warehouses, sometimes to the same destination.”

Operational since early 2014, the DC comprises 25 000m2 of warehousing and 5 000m2 of office space. The warehouse was custom designed by Curnick and his team, assisted by consultants ILS, for the seamless receiving, storage and despatch of products ranging from cellphones, desktop computers and tablets to printers and cartridges. Some 62 000 SKUs representing more than 30 high-profile brands including HP, Canon, Acer, Dell, Samsung and Philips are warehoused and distributed, with vertical storage units incorporated into the design for high-value items.  

“To keep the distribution centre running at full supply, moving 250 000 units per month, we required a reliable, efficient materials handling solution with superior backup,” says Curnick. “We chose Barloworld Handling and Hyster based on investment benefits and availability, and also our experience of the high service levels delivered by the Barloworld National team. Issues are resolved quickly and efficiently, and the fast response times of technicians ensures maximum uptime of our Hyster fleet.”

“Due to the excellent service we receive we are able to leave the day-to-day maintenance to Barloworld Handling, enabling Tarsus to focus on its core business – that of growing its position as distributor,” says Curnick.

Hyster machines are also in operation at two other Tarsus depots in other parts of the country, where they help streamline end-user delivery.

The electric fleet in operation at the DC consists of 20 Hyster power pallet trucks, including four order pickers; three counterbalanced Hyster forklifts; three low-level Hyster reach trucks and five high-level reach trucks, the latter working up to 12.5m high. The fleet includes 24 new machines acquired on a five-year full-maintenance rental contract, complemented by existing Hyster units.

The full Hyster warehousing range available from Barloworld Handling comprises pallet trucks, tow trucks, stackers, reach trucks, low-, mid- and high-level order pickers and very narrow aisle trucks. All units feature full AC power, compact dimensions, ergonomic controls, programmable performance and regenerative braking.

“Product innovation, combined with some of the best value add in the industry, has enabled Barloworld Handling to grow its Hyster warehousing market share significantly over the past few years,” says Victor Temlett, Executive Business Development at Barloworld Handling. “Our aim is to deliver integrated solutions tailored to individual needs, and this has contributed to strong partnerships formed with high-profile clients such as Tarsus Technologies.”