Big Joe D40 Brochure
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Many retailers and direct store delivery (DSD)
operations across North America are in the
process of adopting new delivery methods,
procedures and equipment due to changes in the
competitive retail landscape.
Due to the proliferation of various store formats and
the growth of ecommerce, retailer profit is becoming
increasingly reliant on new product introductions,
SKU expansion and promotions, while competition
for traditional staples continues to grow.
For many years in retail, the core of the store had
been where operators made their money. Full pallet
loads of popular consumer packaged goods
delivered on 40 x 48 pallets once or twice a week
from a large distribution center was the norm.
Today however, this is changing.
Many store operators now must make their money
on the store perimeter, since basics can now be
found virtually anywhere and everywhere. More
frequent store replenishment, more items in smaller
quantities, and the use of small pallet formats are
becoming a bigger portion of the retail supply chain.
With all that extra material handling, removing the
number of touches and worker strain from rack to
shelf can create considerable savings. Whether it
be at a store location, cross-dock, or warehouse,
new equipment like the Big Joe D40 is being
developed to help support these objectives.
The D40 and Half Pallet Delivery Solutions
Research findings show that a typical retailer loses about
4 percent of sales due to having items out-of-stock. 
So what makes the D40 special as part of a half
Size, weight, construction, and technology in short.
Compared to competitive equipment the D40 is both
smaller and lighter for starters, having the same
wheelbase as a manual pallet jack. This makes the
unit very maneuverable in trailers, on lift gates, or in
tight store aisles and warerooms.
With a lower gross weight than traditional units, the
D40 treads lightly on commercial tiles and flooring.
On occasion this can also allow for an extra pallet to
be placed on a delivery truck either to or from a store
location, which transportation folks appreciate.
The construction of the D40 features a narrow 25”
chassis that can go places some equipment simply
cannot access. With the forks configured for half
pallets, an entire load from stem to stern can transit
through doorways with ease, which reduces
damage and reduces delivery time.
The D40s unique clamshell design provides good
weather resistance to internal components and
houses a built in 120v charger making deployment
very simple for new users. Power for an entire day’s
deliveries comes in the form of an AC drive motor
matched to AGM dry cell batteries that are free of
regular maintenance and ensure solid reliability.
The D40 is certainly a great tool for the last move.
With several available options the D40 can be
further tailored to meet the needs of specific types
of deliveries or cover a range of pallet types should
that be required. Product options include:
Multiple fork configurations
Multiple load back rest sizes and types
Load restraints, Tool trays for documents & electronics
Stability casters, Traction tires, Tandem load wheels
A wide range of programming options
Build to suit development and manufacturing
And really it’s about time.
Using the same equipment built for full pallets and
using 40x48 pallets to deliver less than full pallet
loads is just too wasteful given trends in retail. It is
also proving to be too detrimental to top line same
store sales, and has thus gotten the attention of the
C-suite in many organizations.
Given the continuing spread and importance of
new SKUs, keeping from being out-of-stock (OOS)
is increasingly challenging.
When losses in patronage and revenue are
examined, it is clear to many retailers that how
they distribute and what they distribute on is
something they need to look at. Research findings
show that a typical retailer loses about 4 percent of
sales due to having items out-of-stock. 
 Grocery Manufacturer's Association: Worldwide OOS Study
Half Pallet Delivery Solutions:
Reduce occurrences of OOS by supporting smaller,
faster, frequent replenishment.
Reduce material handling costs through the
elimination of double handling.
Improve driver retention & quality of life due to the
reduction in physical labor.
Can increase sales through more timely and easier
deployment of merchandizing through the use of
floor ready displays.