DHL Supply Chain is investing £90 million to put more than 1,000 new vehicles on the road in 2019 to support the growth of a number of networks.
The investment covers tractor units, specialised rigids and temperature-controlled vehicles. A number of them will run on liquefied natural gas.
The company believes that transport is moving away from its traditional role as a commodity towards becoming a business differentiator. It said its research found that 71 per cent of transport decision-makers believe transport is a strategic component of their business, and 75 per cent agree that investment in this area will directly support growth.
It expects third party logistics providers to offer an increased range of value-added services to customers.
Ian Clough, managing director, network logistics and transport, UK & Ireland, said: “Not only are we investing in our infrastructure to support our growth, but to signal our confidence in the contract logistics market in the UK. These vehicles are equipped with the latest technology to ensure they have the best possible efficiency and safety features, allowing us to deliver best in class solutions for our customers.”
The new fleet will serve a range of DHL’s customers, and will enhance the performance and support the growth of a number of the networks.