Renault Truck Commercials, the largest dealer group in the Renault Trucks UK network, has secured a deal to supply 250 Renault Premium Euro 5 460.25 tractor units to chilled storage and distribution specialists, PCL Transport 24/7 Ltd. The new trucks will be delivered throughout 2013 to meet the demands of the fast-growing company’s business expansion plans. The solus deal was financed through Renault Trucks Financial Services.
The new Renault Premiums will be used to transport fresh milk and cream on behalf of Arla Foods to customers across the South East, from PCL Transport’s existing site in Hoddesdon and next year from its new purpose built facility currently being constructed in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
PCL Transport’s 24/7 fleet became all-Renault in 2010 when the company replaced its existing Scania fleet with 70 new Renault Premiums. The decision to continue with Renault was based on the success of these vehicles and means the company will now run an all-Renault fleet of over 320 tractor units.
Joe Ricotta, Director, PCL Transport 24/7 says: “The results we have seen from our Renault trucks fleet over the last two years have been impressive, with fuel returns offering up to 3-5% more than the previous vehicles. Driver feedback is very positive with excellent visibility and good all round ergonomics in the cab.”
He continues: “With the Arla partnership operating in a FMCG environment, reliability is key with strict delivery windows to meet. The Renault product allows us to be at the leading edge of transport, with low whole life costs and maximum uptime.”
PCL Transport 24/7 has its own Renault Trucks Authorised Repairer franchise, with ATF lane and tachograph calibration facilities to provide a dedicated service centre for its entire fleet. Commenting on the franchise, Joe Ricotta adds: “We operate a strict policy on vehicle parts and constantly analyse customer usage to make sure we carry the optimum stock at all times. We have a number of technicians on the Renault trainee programme, ensuring we are fully equipped for future legislation and industry developments. This coupled with our staff training programme allows us to provide best in class service levels both for our own fleet and our customers.”
“We also use a satellite tracking system in the Renault vehicles which constantly monitors driver and vehicle behaviour and allows us to ensure we target our in house driver training programme to deliver the best results.”
Commenting on Renault service levels received, Joe Ricotta says: “We have been very impressed with the excellent customer service from both Renault Trucks Financial Services, who provided a simple, ‘one-stop-shop’ finance solution, as well as Renault Truck Commercials, whose team showed true professionalism and dedication.”
Rick Edwards, Sales Director, Renault Truck Commercials, says: “We are delighted with PCL Transport’s 24/7 decision to invest in more Renault trucks for their high profile fleet and it is
exciting for us to be working with such a dynamic, expanding company. We have built up an understanding partnership with them and are looking forward to growing this relationship further.”
PCL Transport 24/7 is a privately owned chilled food distribution specialist, based in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, on sites totalling 200,000sqft of chilled distribution space. The company also has a 130,000sqft chilled distribution site in Lichfield, West Midlands, operated on behalf of Arla Foods. PCL Transport 24/7 will be expanding further in 2013 with the opening of a 250,000sqft chilled distribution site in Bristol, in January and a brand new purpose built 250,000sqft chilled facility, with an onsite maintenance facility, in Hatfield in June. PCL Transport 24/7 will also support Arla Foods when its new super dairy at Aylesbury, which is forecast to produce over 1 billion litres of milk per annum, becomes operational next year.
PCL Transport 24/7 currently undertakes deliveries to over 5,200 customers a week. Products distributed range from dairy products to salad items – all in a strict temperature controlled environment. PCL Transport 24/7 currently employs over 600 staff, which is set to increase to over 1,500 people with its business expansion.