2ExcelLogistics, the customer-orientated haulage and warehousing operation with a food supply chain focus, has safely achieved completion on a Thorworld Industries modular loading dock installation in challenging times, with all teams involved working compliantly to meet social distancing guidelines.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the national and international logistics firm had been celebrating the success of winning a major 10-year food supply contract, which necessitated the purchase of a larger and higher specification operation close to its existing fulfilment centre in Letchworth Hertfordshire. This new facility was to become 2Excel’s flagship operation, enabling it to be fully BRCGS (British Retail Consortium Global Standards) Food Safety accredited, offer barcode scanning, and become WMS integrated. Having found the perfect location and size of building, 2Excel Logistics was faced with the challenge that the warehouse had no loading docks, only level access doors.

To deliver the best operational performance and highest loading equipment compliancy standards, Justin Wilkie, Managing Director at 2Excel, began researching appropriate modular dock systems and installation solutions. He found loading specialist Thorworld Industries online and was impressed with the options the manufacturer could supply.

Working together with Thorworld Distributor, James Corfield from Darmax Ltd., Ian Langan, Technical Director at Thorworld presented Justin with plans to design, manufacture and install a loading solution for the new warehouse. The blueprints incorporated a bespoke modular dock system, designed so handball tip containers and traditional curtain sided vehicles could be unloaded in the warehouse, whilst complying with BRC regulations.

However, concerns for the project’s realisation arose as the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown situation began to unfold.

“Thorworld’s efforts were exceptional and meticulously planned. In a situation where some installers would have run from the difficulties, James, Ian, and the rest of the team made helping us their priority.

“The installation was safe, conscientious and professional. From the delivery of equipment to site, to the final safety checks and sign-off, everyone worked respectfully and fully respected the recommended social distancing measures.”

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