Monday, October 27, 2014

Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Group Invests in Road Haulage Fleet

New Trailer Design and Telematics Enhance Supply Chain Operations
Shipping News Feature

UK – Having recently officially opened its first European Centre of Excellence, freight forwarding and logistics outfit Ceva has announced a further major investment to the road haulage element of its UK operations. The supply chain management group is spending $20 million to add 120 tractor units, 40 rigid vehicles and 180 new trailers to Ceva’s already extensive UK ground transport fleet before the end of 2014. All of the vehicles will be fitted with telematics whilst the rigid vehicles will also have an innovative load restraint system.

The new fleet will be predominately used for Ceva’s Consumer and Retail operations in the UK and will form part of its overall ground transportation service which uses sophisticated monitoring systems to give flexibility, control and visibility. The latest trailer design also benefits from some weight saving enhancements to the specification, which increases carrying capacity to 29.2 tonnes. Speaking about the investment, Michael O’Donoghue, Ceva’s Executive Vice President, UK, Ireland and Nordics commented:

“We are delighted to make this investment in our ground transport operation. It increases our size and scale and signals our optimism in the UK marketplace. We’ve also added innovative and creative solutions that will benefit our own operations and our customers’. All of the vehicles on order will be fitted with telematics which help us to measure, monitor and continually improve the behaviour of our drivers in terms of safety and efficiency.”

As with most other major players in the logistics business Ceva’s UK operation has embraced a number of innovations to improve its sustainability, efficiency and environmental credentials which led to a saving of 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2013. In order to make these savings, Ceva introduced longer semi-trailers, double deck trailers and improved vehicle aerodynamics whilst through the use of telematics, the company monitors driver performance for every journey against seven fuel indicators, in addition to providing safe and fuel efficient driving training for its drivers.