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Embracing state-of-the-art solutions

With retail warehouses growing ever bigger the task of workers and maintenance crews getting around the giant facilities can be challenging and calls for a different way of doing things.

This is where one of the country’s largest retailers recently took the bull by the horns and ordered a number of different solutions for ClubCar carts as drive arounds for managers as well as to carry maintenance crews and their tools quickly, quietly and cost effectively around their massive new warehouse facility in Gauteng.

A globally recognized leader in golf cart manufacturing, ClubCar has a number of different versions of their well-known carts for use in just such applications. In South Africa they are distributed and supported by Smith Power Equipment, which worked tirelessly with the retailer to find the best solutions for their needs.

Smith Power Equipment’s Joe Van der Walt says distribution centres and warehouses are growing in size and can easily require a walk of several kilometres to get from one side to the other. It is also time consuming which is counterproductive in an environment that is set up exactly to service “fast moving consumer goods” that needs speedy intervention whenever assistance is required.

A less well-known benefit of Smith Power Equipment solutions is the high degree of customisation that provides customers with the ability to adapt their offerings to the individual needs of customers. This is indicated through the retail versions inclusion of safety features such as strobe lights, front headlights, taillights and horns.

The ClubCar solution is a sensible choice in a growing number of retail and industrial applications where the versatility of the carts and the quality of the brand is highlighted by their low-maintenance attributes, including quick charging, lower energy costs, longer battery life, energy efficiency and consistent battery performance. 

Smith Power Equipment’s countrywide network of dealers and close collaboration with the manufacturer also ensures that local customers have a direct line to communicate with the OEM. 

Sustainability goals

By introducing zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs) into the sector, this partnership contributes to the retailers sustainability goals and to a more sustainable future. ClubCar and Smith Power Equipment’s dedication to warehouse and distribution facilities to achieve sustainability objectives marks a growing trend internationally and is increasingly being adopted locally.

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