All Well and good with 450-strong VW Caddy order10 March 2016

High street pharmacy chain Well Pharmacy has signed a three-year deal with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to supply its fleet of prescription delivery vans.

The agreement will see the pharmacy group take delivery of 450 new Volkswagens, mostly comprising the Caddy model, which went on sale in September.

Well Pharmacy has 780 pharmacies across the UK and, says VW, chose the Caddy for its reliability along with VW’s aftersales support package. Key uptime benefits include like-for-like courtesy vehicles, free roadside assistance, CITNow video service tool, online booking and a dedicated SMR website.

Brian James, Well’s fleet and home delivery manager, says: “We took into consideration those areas that most affected our business, including vehicle quality, aftercare service and whole life costs.

“Volkswagen’s combination of a nationwide network of dedicated van centres and comprehensive aftersales support reassured us that we could reduce our vehicle downtime and ensure that our drivers spend more time delivering a valuable service to our customers.”

Separately, VW has announced that a new exhibition has opened to commemorate 60 years since the first ‘Bullis’ bus – as the early Transporter was known – rolled off the line in Hanover.

The vehicle will be showcased in the Historical Museum of Hanover from 9 March to 26 June, and will feature buses from the collection, as well as videos, photographs and exhibits displaying the plant’s history.

Laura Cork

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