Thursday, October 4, 2012

Logistics Group Takes Advantage of Longer Trailers for Road Haulage Operators

Harlequin Delivers a Bigger Breakfast
Shipping News Feature

UK – The British Government’s trial of larger, yet no heavier, trucks is continuing as more road haulage operators dip their toes in what for some may prove a lucrative field, offering as it does the opportunity to deliver more freight with little or no extra cost. The longer trailers have not seemed to meet the opposition which a suggested increase in tonnage carried ever does, albeit when these are accompanied by more axles to mitigate environmental damage, which speaks volumes for the knowledge and attitude of the average British protestor. The latest body to take advantage of the longer trailer initiative is Harlequin Logistics which has introduced some 15.65 metre trailers to its Kellogg’s operation.

The haulier consortium, whose history we covered in a piece in February, is part-owned by Currie European, John Raymond Transport, Jack Richards & Son, Prestons of Potto and R.Swain, and has worked with the cereal giant since 2011, shipping loads from Manchester across the length and breadth of the UK and the SDC trailers, which operate at 3.04 metres internal height to accommodate Kellogg’s high-cube requirements, have been provided by Currie European Transport. Operations Director, Alister Cook, said:

“Kellogg’s is a valued customer, and like us they are always keen to explore the possibilities presented by this type of initiative. This new kit is able to carry 60 pallets rather than the normal 52, which makes good commercial sense, as well as reducing the overall number of truck movements required. We are also getting good utilisation - after tipping in the central belt, we reload from either Edinburgh or Cupar for Manchester or Warrington, often with collections made on Kellogg’s behalf.”

Harlequin Logistics’ MD Paul Smith is pleased that the initiative is working so well, and said it demonstrates his company’s positive approach to environmental issues. He said:

“Haulage is never going to be the environmental lobby’s favourite industry, but we must strive to be as green as possible. Harlequin’s hauliers all use modern engine technology, and focus strongly on fuel economy. We have three customers now, and they all tell us that our ability to eliminate empty running through the use of geographically compatible partner hauliers brings them cost and environmental benefits. The use of longer, high-cube kit should be viewed as another side of this same coin.”

Photo: Two of the new trailers in action