Mercedes-Benz prescribes the perfect van for the Healthcare at Home run

The UK’s leading full service, clinical provider of out-of-hospital healthcare has ensured that it is fit for the future by ordering a new fleet of 140 refrigerated Mercedes-Benz vans.

Healthcare at Home is the leading pan-European, insight-based managed medication service for complex medicines. Its unique offering supports better outcomes for patients by ensuring greater adherence to treatment, while relieving pressures on publicly-funded health systems.

The company operates from headquarters in Burton upon Trent, and a network of 14 locations. Its 1,500 staff, including nurses and pharmacists, support in excess of 180,000 patients nationwide. read more

Volvo Trucks helps customers improve their cash flow with a new flexible service contract

Volvo Trucks is now introducing the Volvo Flexi-Gold Contract – a new usage-based service contract where monthly fees are aligned with actual mileage. This means hauliers have greater flexibility to adapt their operations to market conditions and demand.

Connectivity has paved way for new, flexible solutions for service contracts and usage-based payment models. Volvo Trucks is now introducing a new service contract, the Volvo Flexi-Gold Contract, with the same coverage as the Volvo Gold Contract, but with monthly fees broken down into fixed and variable parts (km-based) tailored to the truck’s actual mileage. read more

Kalmar introduces new-generation heavy-duty forklift with optimised driving experience

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced a new-generation version of its forklift solution for demanding loads of up to 54 tons. The Kalmar DCG380-540 is designed to offer the heavy-lifting power needed to handle the heavy loads typically seen in the stevedoring and metal industries combined with the smooth, precise control of a smaller-capacity machine.

The new Kalmar heavy forklift offers a completely new lifting experience for heavy-duty, high-capacity forklifts, with improved lifting and lowering speeds combined with load-sensing hydraulics to ensure smooth, safe handling of even the most challenging loads. It also features built-in connectivity as standard to enable customers to take advantage of the Kalmar Insight performance management tool, which provides a clear overview of fleet operations and helps to turn data into actionable, impactful insights. read more

FTA comment from the logistics industry on the Brexit deal

“FTA has been very consistent in wanting to Keep Britain Trading by making sure that the logistics Industry can deliver whatever political solution for Brexit prevails, with or without a deal. It is clear that there is not time now to prepare for a no-deal Brexit on October 31st: there are many unanswered questions about how our borders should work, and no time to implement the answers even if decisions could be reached on important policy issues. Therefore, at this stage, leaving with a deal and the accompanying transition period for answering important questions and being prepared for the changes, is far preferable to a no deal Brexit on October 31st. read more

Recovery firm picks up an eye-catching fleet flagship from Mercedes-Benz

Breakdown specialist Millers Recovery has hooked itself a couple of new stars in the shape of a pair of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans from Dealer Ciceley Commercials.

Both are based at the operator’s headquarters in Longton, near Preston, and allocated to technicians who undertake roadside and on-site repairs to commercial vehicles and plant, as well as static generators.

The two vans are Millers’ first from the latest-generation Sprinter range. One is a 3.5-tonne 314 CDI variant with fuel-efficient 143 hp, four-cylinder engine, the other a 519 CDI with range-topping 190 hp V6 and gvw uprated from the standard 5.0 to 5.5 tonnes. read more

The Delivery Group moves to new £12 Million Warrington HQ

Leading e-commerce, mail and pallet specialist The Delivery Group is moving its North-West operation to a larger £12 million service centre in Warrington as the company prepares for unprecedented volumes.

In what has been a year of
rapid and impressive expansion, the new Warrington site follows last month’s
opening of an £8 million site in Bristol, and a new site in Maidstone which
began operations in March. The business also successfully acquired ONEPOST
earlier this year.

The Warrington site –
situated on Warrington’s Mountpark business park – covers 137,865 sq ft and
will host circa 200 employees. The Delivery Group has also made a £1.5 million
investment in new sortation machinery as it positions to handle volumes of over
1 billion items per year across its 8 sites. read more

MAN TGE Flatframe Chassis Cowl reaches new heights delivering the right ingredients for Henllan Bakery of Denbighshire

Traditional bakers Henllan Bakery of Denbigh has just increased its       delivery fleet with the arrival of a trio of new MAN TGE Flatframe Chassis Cowl box body delivery vans. 

Established in 1908 by the Moore family and still a family run business to this day, Henllan Bakeries’ new fleet additions will deliver fresh produce six days a week, around North, Mid and South Wales, the Shropshire borders and the Wirral.

Henllan Bakeries new MAN TGE’s are all based on the Flatframe Chassis Cowl variant which was showcased at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show, Birmingham. Sitting a full 190 mm lower than the standard frame TGE chassis and specifically designed with ease of use and bespoke body build in mind, this reduced height chassis platform offers the ideal base for operators who require a low height walk-in walk-out box body.  read more

Thirty years later, bathroom distributor is still tapping into Mercedes-Benz Atego reliability

When your 7.5-tonners are covering upwards of 120,000 km a year, you need to know they will last the pace. For Qualitex Supplies, only the Mercedes-Benz Atego can be trusted to go the distance.

The three-pointed star has been an ever-present feature of its operation since 1990, when Managing Director Duncan Andrews established the family business in Aylesford, Kent.

The latest arrivals from local Dealer Sparshatt Truck & Van are a pair of Atego 816 models with fuel-efficient 5.1-litre in-line six-cylinder engines producing 156 kW (115 hp), and ClassicSpace L-cab sleepers. The subject of Mercedes-Benz Finance contract hire agreements, the new trucks are fitted with box bodies by C&D Fabrications, of Faversham, Kent. read more

Samskip to connect Portugal and the UK direct

Samskip has launched a new, direct weekly service connecting Portugal and the UK, introducing its own vessel to sustain links between Tilbury, Lisbon and Leixões and its multimodal hub port of Rotterdam.

The Netherlands-based group introduced a 1,000TEU container ship on charter from November 1. It will sustain a UK-Portugal transit times of five days, while continuing to offer four-times weekly services from Rotterdam to Leixões and weekly to Lisbon via space booked with other carriers.

The upgrade will allow Samskip to grow its Portugal-UK volumes by 30-40%, according to Lisa Westerhuis, Samskip Trade Manager Iberia. read more

Maritime re-equips with Scania once again

Maritime Transport Limited has reaffirmed its commitment to the Scania brand with orders for a total of 330 tractor units for delivery during 2019/20. Two-hundred-and-sixty trucks are now scheduled for delivery before the year end, with a further 70 due to enter service with the Felixstowe-based operator in 2020. The orders will be fulfilled by TruckEast, Scania’s dealer for East Anglia, and comprise of 30 410-horsepower R 410 4×2 models and 300 450-horsepower R 450 6×2/2 mid-lift units. All 330 trucks will be equipped with Highline cabs and Scania’s fully-automated Opticruise gear-selection system. read more