The Scarborough-based operator has a chain of 62 department stores and the new 11.8m stepframe ambient trailer is making multi-drop deliveries to stores, replacing two rigid trucks previously required for this work.
It provides an increased payload volume of 15%; this cuts 364 journeys annually, saving over 55,250 miles and 1,950 hours of working time per year.
The trailer is the latest in a total double-deck solution developed by Transdek for Boyes over the past five years, which includes loading bay lifts and associated equipment.
“Transdek has worked closely with us to develop the ideal fixed double-deck solution to meet the demands of our store delivery profile and diverse product mix,” says Mike Gaines, distribution manager at Boyes. “The lifts and trailer work in synergy to provide a very effective distribution package. Transdek also ensures maximum uptime with a full range of maintenance services of all equipment.”
The trailer’s low, 4.6m overall height profile permits a flexible delivery schedule on a number of key routes with low bridges. The trailer can carry 75 of Boyes’ rollcages and has been fitted with a specially adapted tail-lift for easy unloading at stores.
It also features Transdek’s patented sequentially opening V-Glide sash type rear doors: these remain sealed until after the vehicle has docked, eliminating the need for the driver to open the doors prior to reversing on to the loading bay.
Other Transdek kit installed at Boyes’ distribution centres includes three 12 roll cage V2G (vehicle to ground) lifts, a 6.5-tonne 12 cage double-deck lift and three mezzanine floor lifts, as well as three dock levellers built into a modular extension.