Our hard-working nationwide fleet is one of the largest and newest in the UK, and our focus on innovation, strategic planning, reducing emissions and providing value for money allows us to pass on considerable savings while also providing exceptional service.
In 2020 alone we have invested £14 million in new assets including 75 new tractor units, 12 Feldbinder liquid tank trailers, 40 bespoke lifting roof trailers, 160 high cubic capacity curtainsiders and a specialist tautliner for moving drums.
To maximise capacity, we operate the largest fleet of high cube trailers in the country benefiting customers moving high volumes of large, lightweight items. We also operate a number of double-deck trailers and longer length semi-trailers offering an extra 16% capacity per load compared to a conventional trailer, and significantly reducing the number of journeys required.
Our fleet replacement programme means our average vehicle age is less than two years, and only 3.5 for trailers, and by continuously introducing new technology we meet Clean Air Zone regulations, minimise vehicle emissions and record outstanding levels of uptime.
We also work closely with manufacturers and industry bodies to ensure we are on top of sector developments and legislative changes.
We also invest heavily in our driver team, including providing a £1 million telematics system incorporating in-cab cameras and bespoke individual training based on performance metrics to ensure every driver can maximise their skills and potential.
We have 40 UK locations including a mix of large, dedicated distribution centres and multi-user operations and work hard to structure our services around our customers’ operations providing full and part loads.
Our palletised network is based on six strategically located hubs in East Kilbride, Wakefield, Bury, Corby, Droitwich and Avonmouth and we operate a nationwide next-day pallet service.
We also provide a ‘Through The Night’ service for goods needed at the start of a working day — an option that proves extremely popular with customers in the automotive and engineering sectors who require parts distribution and emergency parts. Our trusted drivers are used to delivering to manned and unmanned locations with access via a key or access code.
Our nationwide depot network can also easily be linked by our colleagues at Bibby International Logistics to include European road freight and global air and sea freight.
We use a single Transport Management System to ensure our orders are captured, routed and scheduled as efficiently as possible, as well as vehicle tracking to provide full traceability.
Handheld devices allow our drivers to capture electronic PODs and photos, and our system allows images to be instantly transmitted to our support centres and customers. We also have the ability to scan bar codes at every stage of the supply chain, providing live updates of the quantity at each location — a tool that improves control, reduces losses and proactively helps to avoid supply shortages.