Asda drives down carbon footprint on Cartwright double deckers 08 February 2010

Asda has now taken delivery of 68 Cheetah moving deck, double-deck trailers, with air-kits, from Cartwright Group – adding to the 173 aerodynamic trailers it bought from Cartwright late last year.

Chris Hall, Asda's network transport manager, explains that the double-deck trailers were built to a new specification aimed at allowing Asda to deliver ambient food to its stores more effectively.

"We chose Cartwright because they were able to offer a number of specification options, which were key for this project. "The majority of previous double-deck purchases have been for internal depot to depot trunking, whereas this was our first significant step into utilising this fleet within our store operations," says Hall.

And he adds: "The new specification includes a simple, direct drive hydraulic deck operation and the ability to load pallets and roll-cages on either deck area. It gives us the flexibility to either unload from the rear or through the side, giving us more options to fully utilise this fleet."

Hall emphasises that all Asda's new semi-trailers are part of its drive to cutCO2 emissions and to reduce road miles travelled. "We have recently achieved our target of cutting carbon emissions by 40% across our distribution fleet. The implementation of a double-deck fleet was a significant enabler to this, and … will further reduce our fleet carbon footprint."

Brian Tinham

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