NewCold Logistics, the frozen logistics operator, has agreed contracts for almost half of the additional 88,000 pallet spaces currently being added to its Wakefield warehouse.
The 42m-high cold storage plant will accommodate 143,000 pallets at minus 23 degrees when it is fully operation in March 2018.
“We are making great progress and comfortably meeting our growth plan” says Country Director, Jon Miles. “Our clients are looking for a logistics and handling solution which combines guaranteed product quality with just-in-time precision, while keeping energy output and road miles consistently low.”
NewCold has also invested in a fleet of 50 tractor units – 20 of which are new FH 6×2 Volvos – and 70 trailers – including 44 pallet-capacity moving floor double-deckers supplied by Gray and Adams.
A NewCold-designed conveyor system with shuttle cars and buffer lanes, handling 175 pallets in and out every hour, can achieve an unloading time of just six minutes. Further automation at the site includes robots used to ‘pick and pack’ orders.