Investing in a goods lift: Is it something your business needs?

Thinking about investing in a goods lift? Find out some of the benefits and work out if it is something your business needs.

If your business premises have high ceilings, adding a mezzanine floor is a cost-effective way to add floor space without adding to your overall footprint or taking on the extra cost of moving to larger premises to grow or operate your business. 

If you have different levels to your premises or a mezzanine that you struggle to get goods up to and down from safely or speedily enough, fitting a goods lift will make a big difference to the efficiency and effectiveness of moving large, bulky or palletised goods between levels.

Conveyors and standard lifts can undoubtedly be a pain, especially when moving palletised, heavy, large or oversized goods from one level to another, so goods and mezzanine floor lifts are likely to be a worthwhile investment for many reasons.

Why choose a goods lift?

They are the safest way to move goods between levels and have easy access and controls that allow you to operate the platform remotely with dispatch and receive control options. They are designed for continuous operation to handle even the most demanding goods movements. 

How a goods lift can benefit your business

Here are some of the ways a goods lift can benefit your business:

  • Efficient use of space – A goods lift offers flexibility to move goods between multiple floors without requiring multiple lifts or conveyors. They take up less room than a conveyor and are more easily accessed than standard lifts. They can even be fitted externally to the outside of your building so that your internal space is unaffected.
  • Safe operation – It is essential to ensure that you keep within the relevant UK and EU safety standards when Planning and organising lifting operations. Using a reputable supplier to install your goods lift will ensure that your lift specification legally meets everything you demand.
  • Speed and efficiency – Conveyors are slow and take up a lot of space, and standard lifts are unwieldy. Still, a dedicated goods lift allows you speedy, efficient loading and unloading to maximise productivity.
  • Reliable – Dedicated goods lifts are a reliable way to ensure that nothing gets in the way when you need to move goods around. Choose a manufacturer and installer with a proven reliability history and offering servicing, repairs, and after-sales expert advice to get the best value for money. 
  • User fixing – A goods lift with an easy diagnostic HMI touch screen rapid fault-finding system will increase operator self-fix rates by around 80%, thus reducing downtime and support call-outs.
  • A choice of entry/exit gate positions – Depending on your operation and required functionality, look for suppliers offering through-loading, opposite or same-side loading gates.
  • Bespoke or standard sizing – You have the flexibility to maximise the benefits by choosing from standard or bespoke sizing to fit the products and goods you need to move. Being able to choose customised length lead-on ramp lengths, gate heights, and platform sizes will give you maximum practical benefit.
  • Modular capacity – Each unit is supplied as a modular unit offering a space-effective solution when multiple lifts are required that can fit neatly alongside without wasting space.

Goods lifts are easy to fit with minimum downtime for installation, with lifts taking, on average, a day and a half to be up and running. Customised with bespoke colours will ensure they look good and keep up your brand image, especially if they are in areas visible to customers. 

Installing a goods lift in a high-ceiling building will allow you to maximise your use of height, solve the problems of moving bulky or heavy goods between levels, and help reduce the risk of injury and accidents in a busy environment that relies on moving goods safely and efficiently.