Finally! An Out-Of-The-Box Storage & Retrieval System For Vans

Katerack and Durarac for caterers, florists, and contractors:

Catering Package


Rear facing sliding shelves; capable of 300 pounds capacity each.

The shelving is infinitely adjustable up and down to customer needs. In other words, each sliding shelf can be adjusted to vertical spacing based on individual needs and is easily changed by the customer as needed.

This product is more than a great idea; it offers the commercial customer these benefits:

The bottom shelf can be spaced up off the floor to allow storage on the floor for stepladders, etc. Or the bottom sliding shelf can be adjusted near the floor allowing heavy materials such as tool boxes to be loaded and unloaded easily, without straining the back.

Florist Package

More compact payload, the big loads can be secured into a smaller space. This could mean a smaller van. When it comes to flowers, more flowers can be delivered in each van, because the shelves can be loaded vertically, one over the other, this is new! Most florists now deliver with all products setting on the floor.

There is no center aisle such as used in full size van side racks and bins. This being wasted space. The installation of these traditional systems in smaller vans makes them very cramped and basically inaccessible. Think like the customer, given the option, which one will you choose?

Side Mounted Shelving – Obsolete?

The rear facing Katerack shelves can be accessed from outside the van, also leaving open space behind the seat for storage of taller flower arrangements.

Tall Flowers behind Seat

Delivery Control options include dividers and bins as well as a pin and grid system which will keep the wedding cake from sliding during delivery, and keeping the flowers upright! No need to improvise the support for each unique delivery, the system is adjustable to support each unique item.

Example of Delivery Control System

Preparation - The Old Way

Loaded Flowers - Old Way

Other options include interior wall cladding and refrigeration for caterers providing for easy cleaning of the interior and food preservation. With the Katerack shelving system, more air is allowed to flow over and under the containers, allowing better temperature control.

The Katerack is currently available for Ford Transit Connect Van & Wagon and the Durarac brand for Ford E-Series, Chevy Express and GMC Savannah.

This product could be the future, think about more compact loads, smaller vehicles, decreased operating costs. A wise commercial customer will be taking a good hard look at this system, and if they don’t then their competition will! Who is more likely to be more competitive and stay in business?

More about other Katerack applications next time.

Find out more about Katerack and Durarac at: http://www.dejana.com/katerack_main.html

To find distribution information or dealers near you contact:

Jeannie Barrows at Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment Cos.
at 856-303-1315 or email at jbarrows@dejana.com

Guest post by Steve Taylor. Steve is a consultant in the Truck Equipment business with over 30 years in the snowplow and truck body manufacturing business. He specializes in the design and quality/reliability field and may be reached by email at steve@truckarchitect.com. You may visit his website at http://www.truckarchitect.com/.

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