Jigsaw has added six dedicated double-decker trailers to its distribution contract with Indesit, the white good manufacturer.
The trailers will be used to move goods from the manufacturer’s central distribution centre in Raunds to six home delivery satellite warehouses around the UK. Jigsaw reckons it will save 25 fewer vehicle journeys a week – equal to about 340,000 road miles.
“Over the years Indesit Company have led the way in double-deck trailer design for the movement of white goods and are pleased to see logistics partner Jigsaw enhance their fleet with the inclusion of these six trailers,” says David Hannam, operations manager for Indesit Logistics. “We hope to be able work together on other cost effective transport solutions in the near future.”
Orders received by Indesit during the day are processed and picked before being released for delivery later the same evening. Items from Raunds are then loaded on to the double-decker trailers ready for shipment during the early hours to Indesit’s six home delivery satellite centres. On arrival at these facilities the items are cross-docked onto vehicles operated by Indesit’s award-winning in-house specialist home delivery network.
The items being transported, including fridges, freezers, washing machines and cookers. Order volumes vary from day to day and are difficult to predict accurately in advance. To meet these challenges Jigsaw utilises double-decker trailers which enable flexible loading but with very high volume density.
Andy Humpherson, managing director at Jigsaw said: “Double-decker trailers allow us to transport the maximum amount of goods while retaining flexibility to accommodate a variety of loads. The reduction in vehicle movements and road miles was central to our business case.”