Boots brings in double decker trailers

Boots UK is to buy 60 fixed double deck wedge trailers for its fleet from Transdek UK. These new trailers are the first that are to be built by The Cartwright Group under a new licensing partnership.

Boots’ new trailers will be 4.95 metres high and carry 128 roll cages. This compares with the health and beauty retailer’s existing vehicles that carry only 104 roll cages. The additional capacity enables Boots to reduce its existing trunking fleet from 340 to 280 trailers.

“With the introduction of Transdek’s innovative Wedge trailer we are aiming to save on average 1,092 trunks a year, which would cut up to 348,000km (216,000 miles) from our routes,” said James Parkinson, primary transport assistant contract manager, Boots UK.

“These significant savings support our goal to deliver retail products from our warehouses to Boots stores as efficiently as possible. As a responsible retailer, we are continually working with supply chain partners to reduce the impact that we have on the environment, and reduce our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.”

In addition the new vehicles will have independent twin slide rear doors that enable the doors to remain sealed up until docking is complete, as well as providing improved security for the load.

Transdek’s managing director, Mark Adams, said: “We’ve worked closely with Boots UK over the past nine years to facilitate the integration of double deck vehicles in to its supply chain and to support the company’s commitment to continuous improvement.

“We’re delighted to extend this long term relationship to support the enhancement of the Boots UK supply chain operations through more efficient goods transport on its primary route network using our Wedge trailer.”

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