CARTWRIGHT THE FIRST CHOICE FOR ICONIC BRITISH FURNITURE BRAND
G Plan order 18 double deck trailers with special features for nationwide distribution
The long established iconic furniture brand G Plan has made Cartwright, the rapidly expanding body and trailer manufacturer, its first choice to provide 18 double deck trailers for the delivery of its products to stores throughout the UK.
G Plan, first established in 1898, is based in Melksham, Wiltshire where it manufactures its furniture products including sofas and chairs. The well-known British brand delivers 2500 pieces of furniture weekly to customers such as Furniture Village, SCS, DFS, John Lewis and many other independent retailers nationwide.
A past customer of South Manchester based Cartwright, G Plan’s latest order consists of 18 double deck step frame tandem axle (vans), each with a fixed deck and a three metre internal lifting platform on the inside of the rear of the trailer. Additional features for the specially designed double deck trailers include a completely different phenolic floor.
Other features include non-standard full LED strip lighting, inside the trailer, allowing a safer environment for loading and unloading. The trailers have been designed with a great emphasis on health and safety.
The bespoke Cartwright specification for the G Plan double decks also involved a lot of telematics including an internal fitted camera that looks down onto the lifting platform where ‘live’ loading and unloading of the trailer, whether at the factory or in a retail outlet, can be directly observed.
The overall height of the trailer is obviously critical in order for deliveries where access can be difficult, and the design had to accommodate the customer’s objectives of getting the vehicle into tight spaces whilst at the same time protecting the personnel inside the vehicle.
Essentially, the Cartwright double deck trailer for G Plan has a one-third lifting deck, with the platform one third the length of the lower deck. As the trailers go into retail outlets to the point of delivery, furniture is sorted by a picking link to bring out the product from the top or bottom deck through the large lifting deck platform at the rear of the trailer. The trailers also include Cartwright’s popular aerodynamic features at the front of the trailers which have proven fuel saving benefits.
Rich Anderson, Cartwright Sales and Marketing Director commented: “We are delighted that one iconic British manufacturing furniture brand is delivering its furniture and related products nationwide in quality trailers built by Cartwright another established British manufacturer – two companies who share the best of British manufacturing values.”
Stephen Bruce Operations Director of G Plan commented: “We have been delighted with the build quality from Cartwright which has been excellent.We have used Ryder for many years and it was through them that we met Cartwright.
“In the end Cartwright offered the best solution for the best price. The new Cartwright trailers will be used to distribute 80 per cent of our goods, with smaller vehicles filling the gaps. The trailers will also have new improved branding.”