Dexion ensures Handy Distribution makes the most of their new premises

  • Handy-Distribution-UK-04
  • Handy-Distribution-UK-01
  • Handy-Distribution-UK-02
  • Handy-Distribution-UK-03

Dexion ensures Handy Distribution makes the most of their new premises

When Handy Distribution, the UK’s leading distributor of garden and landscaping machinery to trade outlets, decided to move to larger premises in Swindon, they approached Dexion asking for help to rack out their new warehouse.

Handy Distribution are a B2B distributor for a number of well known garden machinery brands, including Webbs, Karcher and their own range of machinery “Handy”.

The requirement

With a wide product range distinctly falling into two categories of products - large, heavy bulky boxes containing lawnmowers, chainsaws etc. and lighter weight consumable and small spare parts - it was easy to identify that two different types of storage areas were required. Also, Handy Distribution faced the challenge of making the most of the varying roof heights across the width of their warehouse.

The solution

Dexion drew a design concept for a standard wide aisle pallet racking area for the storage of larger items, allowing quick and easy access during peak picking period and a shelved storage area for the range of over 100,000 spare parts. The ceiling height in the small parts store area, while not high enough for two levels of storage, was more than adequate for 3m high shelving, enabling Handy Distribution the capacity to comfortably store as many spare parts as they needed in this area.

Mesh shelves were also used in the pallet racking area, allowing for when smaller boxes needed to be stored off pallet. Handy Distribution also decided to protect their investment by adding tubular frame barriers.  

Simon Harrington, Spare Parts Manager: 

“In November 2014, Handy Distribution moved into a 45,000 sq.ft. warehouse located on the Dorcan Ind Est. in Swindon Wiltshire. We had a blank canvas to work with, but we required some expert help to ensure we installed the racking in an efficient and cost effective manner. We looked no further than  Constructor Group UK Ltd.

We required two types of storage, large bulky items on pallet raking and small storage bins for a wide variety of spare parts. We were amazed with the solutions which Dexion suggested and installed, particulary how they maximised the use of space for our small spare parts division. Three separate rooms were racked floor to ceiling and all available space was used to is full potential.

The pallet racking in the main warehouse was installed with a great deal of thought, once again using all available space. Various shelf spacing was used to accommodate our many different requirements from light weight parts to large heavy machinery. Overall we are delighted with the final results and now having worked with it for a year, it has proved to be an efficient and time saving solution which covers all our needs.”


- Warehouse 45,000sqft (approx. 13,900m2)

- Pallet racking in the main warehouse ceiling heights varied
   from 7 to 9m

- 3m High HI280 Static Shelving for spare parts storage

- Protect-it, 400mm high, 3 piece plastic, upright column
   protectors on every frame

- Tubular barriers on the end of every rack run and within
   the tunnel bay

About Handy Distribution

Started in 1938 by Geoffrey Handy as an ironmonger's business in the old town of Swindon Handy Distribution has grown and expanded into a specialised garden machinery business and now has more than 70 full time staff.

Handy Distribution has two divisions consisting of a retail base in the South West of England and the UK’s largest Garden Machinery Wholesale Distributor, supplying well over 200 specialist dealers nationwide, large national retailers, garden centres and mail order companies from their new warehouse in Swindon.