A new urban trailer and new IT systems have allowed Staffs-based Halcion Express to introduce substantial efficiencies into the fleet, meaning greater environmental sustainability and lower transport costs.
The Lawrence David two-axle trailer is shorter than a conventional trailer and spreads the weight differently, meaning itâ€™s more manoeuvrable and has a higher payload.Â Unlike a rigid vehicle, which would normally do deliveries and collection work, it is pulled by a tractor unit, which means that one of the night-trunking tractors can be double-shifted.
â€œIt has allowed us to remove an 18-tonner from the fleet and it is extremely versatile, with an integrated tail-lift and curtainsided body,â€ says MD Andrew Corrie. â€œWe are constantly looking for ways to maximise use of the fleet because it is good business sense but also greener.â€
Halcion now has half its clients using the new online booking system which Corrie says they love. â€œItâ€™s efficient and instantaneous. They book online and can now track their pallet right through TPNâ€™s system to the customerâ€™s signature,â€ he says. â€œWe are also seeing big operational benefits from the new TPN barcode scanners. They handle more data, it is 15 minutes quicker to scan an entire double-decker of freight, and it can be done from the ground.â€
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