Watkins' Drivers Prefer CooLift®
Mitch Watkins knows a good thing when he sees it. Watkins Distributing Sales and Service adopted the CooLift Delivery system three years ago and has been running its own in-house comparison with 6-wheel carts ever since. "We wanted to speed up delivery, and get more cases delivered with fewer resources, fewer trucks and fewer people," says Watkins. "It just speeds up the whole process."
With twenty-three years in business and three locations in Idaho—Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Coeur d'Alene—this Anheuser-Busch distributor runs the CooLift on all of its routes, including hybrid routes to deliver standard skids to major grocery stores and CooLift pallets to convenience stores at the same time.
"Once drivers use the CooLift system they don't want to go back to the hand truck moving one stack at a time instead of 30-40 cases on the CooLift," says Watkins.
Because you can put more CooLift pallets on bigger equipment, and it's faster at the point of delivery, one truck can handle more cases than the traditional sideloaded trucks. "When we converted over, we were able to take six routes and make it five in one location," says Watkins. "In another, twelve routes went down to ten using the CooLift system."
Fewer trucks on the road mean a smaller fuel bill and less of a physical impact on the driver. "The first time the driver touches the case is when he's putting it on the floor," says Watkins. "For us it greatly sped up the point of contact at delivery. And it made it easier on the driver, so it's a win-win for us."