Live To Play Sports is Canada’s largest and most experienced distributor of premium bicycles, parts and accessories. For nearly 50 years, the company has excelled in delivering different premium brands to independent specialty dealers throughout North America. Starting in Vancouver and expanding to Toronto, the company has 50 employees working in its 8,361-square-metre (90,000-square-foot) Ontario warehouse space.
An expanding company, Live To Play Sports Group distributes up to 20,000 SKUs from complete bicycles to small parts. To help maintain its supply and fill orders faster, it has configured its newest warehouse space with narrow aisles and 10-metre (32-foot) tall racks. While the racking and aisle configuration makes the most of every square meter, it puts a premium on lift truck manoeuvrability and reach – with the extended reach and narrow aisles also increasing concerns for operator safety and overall comfort. The company had a long history with its lift truck supplier but its current fleet wasn’t equipped to capitalise on its new warehouse capabilities. It was clear that a new lift truck fleet that could handle the increased activity while providing ergonomic and safety features that help ensure its operators remain both safe and productive was required.