A Cloud-hosted Mandata TMS is helping to boost productivity and encourage business growth for family-owned McCluskey Removals.
With over 40 years experience working within the logistics industry, McCluskeys has almost come full circle to get the company to where it is today.
Established in 1975, McCluskeys started out in furniture distribution before expanding into home removals. Following a decline in the industry off the back of the economic recession, company directors decided to take the business back to its roots and focus on general and specialist haulage, providing bespoke transport solutions across the UK and Ireland.
Director at McCluskey Removals, Richard McCluskey said:
“During the recession, we knew that the removals industry wasn’t working for us anymore, there were so many people doing removals with just a van, we were chasing our tails trying to quote for work, so we figured that we needed to build the business on something else. We had always been involved with furniture distribution and more specifically, the Piano trade, moving Grand Pianos for manufacturers such as Yamaha in Ireland, which is how we broke into specialist transport, it’s a good niche.”
“There’s very few specialist transport companies; even those who have tail lifts and the specialist equipment required, who will get involved with pianos, because its such a delicate job. You can’t just put a Grand Piano on a pallet, you’ve got to cover it up, put it in a slipper, put on its side to move it, then put back on its legs and upright it again, theres quite an art to it.”
McCluskeys first came across Mandata through a close working partnership with another specialist distribution company and long-time Mandata customer, Bishopsgate Specialist Installations, and decided to adopt a transport management system for themselves in 2011.