Transport manager Colin Bardsley specified the new vehicles with separate compartments, to allow distribution of frozen, chilled, fish, ambient, disposable and chemical products in the same vehicle – previously, these would have required separate trucks.
The new additions to the fleet are also larger to cater for increased business, from both new and existing customers.
“The new trucks have enormous benefits for efficiency and safety – they allow for greater customer convenience as all products can be delivered in a single truck,” says Bardsley.
“The compartmentalisation and temperature control ensures food and non-food products are kept entirely separate for peace of mind, and the new diesel-run freezers use only the exact amount of energy needed to keep frozen food to temperature.
“Underside tail-lifts for drop loading and a front side loading door enable easy access and speedier loading and unloading.”
Safety features include an eight-side-angle camera system with audible alarm for cyclists, as well as lane departure warning systems.
The operator is also expanding its workforce and has introduced a driver apprenticeship scheme.