Using Toyota lift trucks, along with the Minit-Chargers, has saved 30 minutes to one hour of productivity per employee, per day, according to Sandoval. With no battery changes and an unprecedented reliability, Toyota lift trucks have given the company the cost savings and dependability that are vital to smooth day-to-day operations.
Between outsourcing the maintenance of the fleet and integrating the fast charging system, Diamond was able to free up a large usable space inside the facility. “With our old fleet, we had a battery graveyard back there,” says Sandoval. “About 40 of our old lift trucks were electric and we had about a hundred batteries on site. Now we’ve eliminated the battery bench and the charging area and we’ve gained about (12,000) square feet combined which we’re using for additional storage. This was a benefit that we weren’t anticipating and it’s worked out really well for us.”
In addition to the increased space, there were other benefits as well. For example, Diamond was able to reduce its staff. “By refining our process when we evaluated our facility,” says Sandoval. “And the cross functionality of the trucks allows forklifts to go into the various departments to help with different needs. In the past, we had to have lift trucks stationed everywhere, so we’ve been able to decrease the number of forklifts and our staffing at the same time.”
And the warehouse associates really appreciate the new trucks. “The Toyota’s are plush compared to our old lift trucks,” says Sandoval. “They enjoy driving them, and they are ergonomically better and much safer.”
Thanks to the impressive results, Diamond Foods is renewing its lease with Watts Equipment for another four years. “Now that we’ve been able to evaluate the results, we believe we can get an additional year out of the trucks, which will help drive down costs.”
“We take responsibility for the equipment in this facility and for any downtime,” says Perreria. “The transition from where Diamond Foods was before and where they are today is significant. As a team, we looked at every avenue to get to the leanest, possible product on the floor and then spend the least amount of money. Now they have a great lift truck fleet and are saving a lot of money as well.”
Watts Equipment, Toyota and Diamond Foods are working together to achieve the highest industry standard possible through utilization of one brand, increased productivity and decreased down time and by decreasing carbon emissions, just to name just a few. d