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Box trolleys – simple yet reliable technology

Many businesses rely on box trolleys for their picking and packing operations. Clothing retailers such as Joules and Crew Clothing sell small items like socks and accessories, and box trolleys are ideal equipment to transport them from warehouse shelves to packing stations.

Many warehouses are investing in automated systems that make processing online orders more efficient. Large retailers such as Amazon and Ocado use robots that locate goods and move them around the warehouse. Of course, robots and the software to control them are very expensive and beyond the budget of many smaller operations. For a far smaller cost, systems that control inventory are useful, and location systems that direct pickers to item locations can speed up the picking operation. However, these systems don’t replace box trolleys.

Box trolleys have been around for decades and are likely to continue to be used by companies for which the full automation of robots is beyond their reach. They are a simple technology, yet a reliable. Software bugs don’t affect them, and with few moving parts, there is little that can break down. Box trolley manufactures make strong but lightweight trolleys using tubular steel and wheels that make it easy to push and steer trolleys.

Box trolleys are one of those designs in which there is little to improve. Alternate material to tubular steel may be developed, but no satisfactory steel substitutes have been found. Motors can be added to drive the wheels, but as most box trolleys do not carry heavy loads, workers can easily push and pull them.

As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, so there is no need to improve trolleys apart from with minor modifications, such as making trolleys in custom sizes or colour coding the boxes to be carried.

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