Australian-owned hire equipment provider Kennards Hire has opened a ‘Branch of the Future’ prototype in Airport West, Victoria.
The opening of the first branch of the future prototype and along with the opening of a hybrid branch in Port Melbourne, bring the state count to 29 Kennards Hire branches.
The 2500 square metre, purpose-built prototype features a 12 metre high vertical storage machine with a storage capacity of 122 square metres of equipment, new modular plant rooms and a return area.
Victorian general manager, Lance Hawes, said bringing the right equipment closer to customers and being able to provide a wider range of tools is important to Kennards Hire.
“With nearly 30 branches right across Victoria meeting demand where it is strongest, we feel we are achieving exactly what we set out to do,” he said.
The industry focused Lift & Shift branch has moved from Abbotsford to Port Melbourne and now shares a new site with the former South Melbourne Branch.
The new Port Melbourne site stretches 3200 square metres. With Lift & Shift moving to Port Melbourne, the Abbotsford site is now home to a general hire branch, carrying a range of tools such as demolition hammers, concrete saws, excavators and scissor lifts to name a few.
The introduction of general hire products in Abbotsford increases Kennards Hire’s inner city footprint to five branches.
Kennards Hire now also has a dedicated site solutions business located in Thomastown. This unit specialises in site equipment such as site sheds and offices, portable security cameras, dust monitoring, generators, fuel cells, toilets, ablution blocks, fencing, ground mats and trench shoring.
“We’re always looking beyond our current branch network model for ways that we can be innovative while holding our customer’s experience at its core,” said Hawes.
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