New trolley-concept promises savings for its users

Posted On 11 Jan 2017
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logistics_butik1HOOFDDORP, The Netherlands: A brand new trolley-concept, based upon the ISO modular measurements, already applied by most international retailers, will be launched at IPM 2017 in Essen, Germany.

The concept named UNI-TROLL, offers a multitude of advantages, such as lower salary costs due to easy and quick handling through the supply chain, less one way packaging materials, and great options for auto-mated handling of the trolley, using robot technology. Shared ownership of trolleys in a united pool offers revolutionary advantage over present traditions.

The team behind UNI-TROLL are innovative Europeans with great experience from the horticultural sec-tor’s unnecessarily large consumption of resources in all steps of the supply chain. The managing Director and Co-owner of UNI-TROLL EUROPE, S. Bøgede Andersen explains:

“Since I left my chairman role at Container Centralen A/S, I have been obsessed by improving the costly and old fashioned handling processes between producers and retailers. Two creative brains contacted me with their ideas, which turned this challenge into a new trolley standard, for which we now share two world patents, ready to bless its many coming users.”

Already now, UNI-TROLL offers two trolley applications; Trolley M2 and M3, ideal for all steps through the supply chain – from producer to the retailers’ exhibitions – without any re-packing.

Trolley M2 and M3 are designed for respectively 2 and 3 ISO modular boxes (400×600 mm) per layer, allowing flexible heights. Accordingly, UNI-TROLL is applicable with all retail categories, and not just plants and flowers. UNI-TROLL is also good news for employees, who may benefit from the better working pos-tures, made possible by automatic build-up of base frames, posts and shelves.

The new trolleys can easily be dismantled for empty transportation or storing. This is a special benefit for the transporters’ logistics. The transportation company Alex Andersen Ølund A/S sees great perspectives in UNI-TROLL’s new alternative approach:

“We are excited and encouraged by what we have seen so far”, says Jan Andersen, one of 3 brothers and owners of Alex Andersen Ølund A/S. Last year, Alex Andersen Ølund A/S transported more than 1,5 mill. CC-trollies on the European roads. “We have already agreed to join the first tests, and we see great perspec-tives and advantages in this new progressive design. It‘s all so well worked out: Quality, flexible heights, noise reducing wheels, RFID-tags also on shelves and possibilities for automated handling, all add up to a much better performance,” Jan Andersen adds.

UNI-TROLL EUROPE envisages a trolley pool in Europe growing up to 8.5 mio. units in 10 years’ time. Users are invited to join the pool, as part owners in a holding company, corresponding to the number of trolleys bought.

A cell phone app linking the users’ back office system to the trolley is being developed, adding further efficiencies to the user’s supply chain.

Both design and pool concept are well explained at www.uni-troll.com

Trolleys M2 and M3 are demonstrated at IPM 2017 in Essen, Hall 5, stand no. C33 between 24. and 27. January 2017.

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