Saturday 22nd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Reliability means fleet additions

As part of its ongoing commitment to safe operations, TDG has invested a further £25,000 in its vehicle maintenance programme – it has introduced tracking units across its fleet of ADR networked trailers. As the system provides instant visibility of the location of a trailer, engineers can plan and control maintenance schedules more efficiently.

The trailer tracking system complements TDG’s existing Transform tool, a software package combining an asset database with a calendar facility which automatically flags up any servicing requirements in good time. This information is relayed electronically to the relevant depot and compliance monitored by a TDG engineer.

“Management of vehicles maintenance is an essential part of TDG’s approach to health and safety,” says TDG. “Not only does it ensure legal compliance but means that our tractor units and trailers spend as much time as possible on the road supporting our operations.”The Stiller Group has added 16 new Volvo FM12 tractor units to the fleet it operates for high street retailer Savers Health & Beauty. The £850,000 investment comes at a time of ongoing expansion for Stiller which has just opened a 32,550sq m distribution centre at Darton, South Yorkshire.

The company manages a total fleet of vehicles for Savers, delivering to the retailer’s 426 stores in the UK. The fleet operates from Stiller’s Darlington depot, which acts as the central hub for distribution to the North. After extensive market testing, Stiller chose the FM12s because of their reliability and fuel efficiency.