Gray & Adams double deck trailers boost efficiency 21 August 2012

Britain's first refrigerated urban double-deck trailers are now delivering efficiency savings for West Midlands-based SPAR distributor, Blakemore Logistics.

The aerodynamic 11.4m-long double-decker offers an increase in productivity of more than 68% compared to the single-deck version, according to Blakemore Logistics distribution general manager Dave Higgs.

The design also incorporates a sloping roof, which allows the refrigeration unit to be mounted directly behind the tractor unit, thus protecting it from damage. Wide radius cappings on the trailer's leading edges also contribute to the improved fuel efficiency.

"This design allows us to increase capacity without increasing trailer length and therefore any additional space requirements at the SPAR retail stores that we serve," comments Higgs.

The single-temperature (+4ºC) trailers are used to transport multi-drop consignments of up to 64 cages of chilled and ambient products, whereas their predecessors only had a capacity of 38.

John Challen

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