Bland Distribution Services, located in Donna, TX, is a 100,000 square foot cross-dock distribution center primarily handling fresh produce products traveling from Mexico to retailers in the U.S. Since its establishment in 2008, the company has operated two shifts per day, transferring produce between 150 semi-trucks daily. This fast pace results in a complete turn of their warehouse content in just two and a half days.
With perishable produce, time is the most valuable asset in Bland Distribution Services operation. When customers check in at the dock they expect their trucks to be fully loaded in two hours. Constant movement of product is a necessity so the company’s forklift fleet as its service network must be bulletproof. Downtime not only impacts productivity but also directly impacts customer satisfaction. With 90 percent of their operation indoors, the company needed an electric truck that was capable of maximizing uptime across both shifts.