Saturday 1st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Urban double deck reefers for Blakemore

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Blakemore Logistics, which handles distribution for Spar, has taken its first refrigerated urban double-deck trailers.

The11.4m trailers have been launched by Gray & Adams, which reckons they offer a 68 per cent productivity compared to the single-deck version.

Blakemore Logistics operates three regional distribution centres which use 550,000 sq ft of multi-temperature warehousing. Its 150 vehicles deliver to approximately 1,000 Spar convenience stores across a large swathe of the country incorporating Wales, South Yorkshire, East Anglia, Sussex, and the Heart of England counties.

The single-temperature (+4ºC) trailers are used to transport multi-drop consignments of up to 64 cages of chilled and ambient products, whereas their predecessors only had a capacity of 38.

Blakemore’s distribution general manager Dave Higgs said: “This design allows us to increase capacity without increasing trailer length and therefore any additional space requirements at the SPAR retail stores that we serve.”