B&M switches to straight-frame double deck semi-trailer design 25 November 2020

Variety retailer B&M has taken delivery of 21 Tiger trailers to further strengthen its sizeable fleet, warehouse and store portfolios as an essential business that has remained open during both UK lockdowns.

Tiger Trailers’ latest B&M order comprises 21 straight-frame fixed double-deck wedge vans, which each equip the household name retailer with the ability to carry 52 pallets by utilising the full length of the lower deck. The manufacturer’s earlier builds for B&M were in the guise of stepframe curtainsider trailers that enabled 44 pallets to be transported.

On the new trailers, the incorporation of an integrated twin-tier tail lift from Dhollandia enables efficient deliveries to be made directly from B&M’s widespread distribution centres - which the company describes as ‘the cogs that keep the wheels turning’ - to its nationwide stores. The customer-specific aperture dimensions identified by Tiger Trailers’ designers allow the bottom deck to be loaded without moving the tail lift, which forms the upper rear closure.

The double deck trailers’ wedge design provides an operator loading height at the rear of 1,917mm, which tapers towards the front of the vehicle. The rear frame assembly is reinforced at the bottom to protect against damage from loading bays, and Tiger Trailers’ ‘captive rave’ load securing and restraint system is incorporated inside for enhanced efficiency along with added operator safety.

Tiger Trailers has supplied B&M with over 400 trailers throughout a close relationship that has currently spanned more than five years. During this time, the manufacturer has created a complete loading solution designed to meet B&M’s exact requirements. An array of Tiger Trailers deck pod loading bays is in operation at the variety retailer’s largest warehousing and distribution site, Bedford.

With over 650 high street and out of town stores across the UK, and rapid expansion continually in progress, B&M’s latest order from Tiger Trailers takes its fleet closer to the 500 mark and will play an important and immediate role in logistics, with Christmas fast approaching.

Transport Engineer

Related Companies
Dhollandia UK Ltd
Tiger Trailers

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