DES I G N & OPERATIONS
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It takes a special combination of equipment and design for retailers to stand above the pack.
By Carol radiCe
Fulfilling the lengthy list of Customer “must-haves” is a daunting job grocers are faced with daily. Finding solutions for brightening up the store, improving customer flow, speeding up checkouts, maximizing foodservice operations, creating the
most eye-catching product presentations and locating the best equipment options can be a challenge.
Discovering which companies can help tackle these and other challenges can practically be a full time job for retailers.
With this in mind, Grocery Headquarters has assembled a sampling of equipment, design and operations companies offering the very
equipment and services needed to remain competitive in today’s hectic
For more than 39 years, Advance
Lifts has been manufacturing loading dock equipment, work positioners, lifts tables, recycling equipment
and packaging equipment. Today the
St. Charles, Ill.-based company is one of the industry’s largest manufacturer of dock lifts. The secret, note company officials, is in the design.
Its use of all tubular legs offers the maximum amount of rigidity, they
say. Advance Lifts also offers stainless steel, galvanized, FDA epoxy and
enamel finishes to fit a variety of needs.
Advance Lifts has recently added the Instant Dock 6568 to its lineup
of dock lifts. The lift requires only lagging into position and a power
source, which means it can be used immediately. The lift works in conjunction with four-wheeled carts and manual pallet jacks, handling
loads of up to 5,500 pounds. Its platform is 6-feet by 8-feet and the lift
can reach heights of 58 inches.
According to officials, their goal is to make buying, installing, using
and servicing of its products easy and trouble free.
Leaders and innovators in lighting
technology and design, Oakland,
N.J.-based Amerlux develops, manufactures and delivers architectural
grade lighting solutions that span virtually every interior and exterior application. A leader in integrated intelligent lighting systems,
Amerlux’s philosophy is that the true power of light is not measured
in lumens alone, but in the human responses it creates.
Amerlux takes lighting out of the traditional straight-line format
and into a realm of new design possibilities with Stellina Linear LED,
say company officials. Equipped with Enlighted Smart Sensors for
aisle lighting in supermarkets, Stellina’s softly curved fixtures offer
clean lines and sleek styling that reshape light with innovation, flexibility and quality performance, they add.
“Linear LED is more expensive than fluorescent, but the return
on energy savings is better especially when you add dimming controls including photocell, motion and timers,” says Bill Plageman,
vice president of marketing, product management and customer service for Amerlux. “Although typical LED fixtures can return up to 60
percent savings on energy with controls, Amerlux’s Lighting systems
offer nearly 85 percent energy savings.”
Assembled Products Corp. has been
producing shopping carts since
1983. Considered the inventors of
the first commercial electric shopping cart, the Rogers, Ark.-based
company continues to innovate with
dependable, robust carts designed