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8 Ways a Container Side Loader Can Help Your Business to Grow

The success of a business can often depend on the tools or technologies at hand. When it comes to container loading, several loaders and trucks can do the job well. However, side loaders (also know as side-lifters or swing-lifters) will not only get the job but prove more efficient than other more traditional loaders. Saving on time spent loading containers cuts costs on every journey made.

Side loaders are a huge benefit to any businesses making use of their intrinsic design, to completely remove the use of unloading equipment altogether. This simple principle opens up to a range of new opportunities for all import-export, sales and distribution companies to boost their level of business to the next level.

Below we delve into more detail on how the container side loader can benefit your shipping and boost your business.

1. Move more per day

When moving any container, the first step is to estimate the weight of the box, and it contains. Following this step is to plan the equipment and workers carefully to unpack and remove all the cargo before driving away. All these factors start to eat up a business’s valuable time. With side loaders, the container is dropped off and left to unpacked at the customers or workers own leisure, eliminating the need for any extra equipment or workers- speeding up your workflow.

2. Quick turnaround

For businesses that are largely dependent on loading and unloading of containers, side loaders are an ideal choice. As mentioned above, side loaders make the process of both loading and unloading swift and convenient. Increasing the number of deliveries and reducing downtime.

3. Minimise the need for extra equipment and workers

Before side-loaders, loading and unloading a container utilised a whole range of equipment, machines and human resources. Nowadays. side-loaders come with integrated cranes and outriggers, allowing the driver alone to load containers in a matter of minutes.

Traditional vehicles still require additional equipment to secure and ensure the safe delivery of goods. With side loaders, not only do you reduce costs but eliminate additional unloading equipment including trailer and warehouse carts, pallet jacks and lifters. Instead, your deliveries can quickly reach their destination.

4. Cost-effective

You might consider hiring or buying a side-loader as an extra expense on top of your container shipping. However, the alternative is to employ warehouse staff and space. This space may not include loading dock costs and prove inaccessible with the use of traditional loaders. You can instead save hours in loading and unloading your container on each transport route through avoiding operational downtime as well as saving huge amounts of money on forgoing additional staff and training. The reasons above make the side loader one of the most efficient pieces of transport and delivery equipment in the industry!

Based on your use, hiring a container side loader from an experienced transport company may prove to be more economical and easier rather than buying as you don’t have to worry about maintenance. Plus also included is an experienced operator to help load your contains.

5. Proven dependability

Constructed to last; the side loader is built for its industry. Made tough, reliable and requiring minimum maintenance side-loaders can operate in any terrain, making them the smart choice for your container shipping needs.

6. Function in limited space

Compared to a forklift, side loaders offer a narrower and more functional design. Its increased versatility and ability to work in limited space, meaning you can drive a side loader right up next to your container, making loading and unloading a breeze.

Equipped with multiway 360 – degree movement a side loader can work in all directions, allowing you to quickly and safely move up to 40ft containers. You can also choose to stack one over another, making the best use of space. Their easy access to loading and unloading in tight spaces makes them invaluable in busy warehouses and intercity locations.

7. Specialised in handling sensitive, fragile and hazardous cargo

The use of side loaders is no detriment to your delicate, fragile or hazardous cargo. All shipments are packed securely and arrive in perfect condition.

8. Ensure safety and cuts additional costs

Modern-day side loaders let you say goodbye to the problems of old traditional delivery systems. With no need for lift gates, accidents are less likely to occur as well as being rid of slow operating times.

Another common issue is the height of the rear loader trailer as delivery firms looking to unload cargo at the place of delivery, need to make use of multiple systems and be aware of the property damage. These problems are non-existent with the latest low profile side loader.

If you're based in Melbourne, OFE Refrigerated Transport are the frontier of commercial container transport services and are happy to assist in all national and international shipping. Our containers, trucks, trailers and side loader equipment are waiting to give your business an edge.

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