Supermarket chain’s mega truck order

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Sainsbury’s has ordered more than 280 Volvo trucks, a deal that is claimed to be one of the largest in the UK over the past year. The order comprises 165 4×2 FM12 tractor units; 82 6×2 FM12s; 28 6×2 rigids; and six FL 4×2 rigids.

The FM12s, plated at 38 tonnes, are providing distribution from Sainsbury’s regional distribution centres (RDCs) to supermarkets nationwide. The 26-tonne gvw FM9 rigids and 18-tonne gvw FLs are supplying the supermarket chain’s smaller stores, such as Sainsbury’s Centrals and Locals.

The rigids are equipped with Gray & Adams refrigerated split bodies and Carrier refrigeration units for carrying frozen, chilled and ambient temperature goods.

The bulk of trucks will be serviced with Volvo (South), including at a new, purpose-built workshop at Sainsbury’s distribution centre at Waltham Point.

Commenting on the deal, Sainsbury’s national fleet manager David Landy says: “We are very impressed with the overall Volvo package. The trucks have a proven track record with Sainsbury’s and driver acceptability is high, thanks to the quality of the truck and the training provided. The dealer network is extensive, and Volvo now runs some of our own workshops.”

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