Saturday 1st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

First Mercedes tractors for Tesco in Northern Ireland

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Tesco stores across Northern Ireland have begun to receive deliveries from the retailer’s first new Mercedes-Benz tractor units to enter service in the province.

Tesco has taken delivery of its first new Mercedes-Benz tractor units to enter service in Northern Ireland.

The eight four by two Axor 1840s have replaced vehicles by another manufacturer. They are now working alongside the 37 other tractor units and half a dozen fridge-bodied rigids which, together with 115 trailers, constitute Tesco’s Northern Ireland fleet.

 Axor 1840s powered by 400hp engines now dominate the Tesco fleet – this year it has ordered 538 new units and it now operates some 1,800 in total.

 “Our experience over the nine years since its introduction has confirmed the Mercedes-Benz Axor to be exceptionally reliable and highly fuel-efficient,” said  Nigel Baranowski, who leads Tesco’s engineering support department.

“But it’s not just about ‘the metal’, as we’re looking for a complete package in Northern Ireland. So we will now be monitoring closely the performance of Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI) to see whether it can deliver the very high quality of back-up that we expect.”