Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nationwide Logistics Customer Books a New Road Haulage Fleet of Vans for Fuel Savings

Increased payload and Other Advances Meant Writing on the Wall for Older Vehicles
Shipping News Feature
UK – Following its acquisition in 2014 of the Charthire business and subsequent expansion plans, commercial vehicle hire company TOM Vehicle Rentals has signed a deal with leading online books, CDs and DVDs retailer, World of Books, to supply its new road haulage fleet of 75 Citroen Relay panel vans for its nationwide logistics operation. World of Books has already reported significant fuel savings with the new fleet, expected to be in the region of £35,000 annually.

The new model Citroen Relay 35 Enterprise L3 H2 HDI 130ps vans were chosen because they offer a payload benefit of over 300kg versus the competitor models being operated previously, meaning the business can now operate more efficiently, collecting more books from its charity shops customers on each run. Steven Murray, Group Stock and Logistics Manager for World of Books commented:

“The efficiency of our Charity Collection Service is crucial to the success of our business. We are confident that our partnership with TOM will help us to deliver significant efficiency and savings. Our van fleet will cover over 3.75 million miles per annum so the right van with a focused support solution is vital.”

The new contract hire deal includes repairs, servicing, maintenance, road fund licence, worn tyre replacement and replacement vehicles to keep World of Books moving, and additional features including a loadlok system, livery and trackers all arranged by TOM so that the vehicles were delivered ready to work. James Rafferty, Sales & Marketing Director for TOM Vehicle Rental said:

“We’ve invested in expanding our location network with new depots in England and it’s pleasing this has enabled us to grow our relationship with World of Books to now become their national sole supplier. World of Books wanted improved payload, fuel efficiency and technology and thanks to our integrated supply chain advantage with our own dealerships we were able to source and deliver a new fleet which ticked all the boxes on a quick turnaround to meet their needs”