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 it’s more manoeuvrable and has a higher payload. 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.
“It has allowed us to remove an 18-tonner from the fleet and it is extremely versatile, with an integrated tail-lift and curtainsided body,” says MD Andrew Corrie. “We are constantly looking for ways to maximise use of the fleet because it is good business sense but also greener.”
Halcion now has half its clients using the new online booking system which Corrie says they love. “It’s efficient and instantaneous. They book online and can now track their pallet right through TPN’s system to the customer’s signature,” he says. “We 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.”
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