Northampton-based TPN Member WT Transport has moved to larger premises and grown its fleet with seven more Mercedes Benz trucks.
MD Warren Tattersall says the companyâ€™s pallet numbers have grown by 25% over the past year, and like TPN itself, he is determined to plan for growth so that it doesnâ€™t ever affect service levels. But the company believes in servicing customers in the most green and cost-effective manner possible.
â€œWe have chosen seven pre-owned trucks, rather than new,â€ says Tattersall. â€œThey represent such outstanding value for money and through my dealer, City West Commercials, I can access a huge range of low mileage vehicles which are well priced and available quickly.â€
More than this Tattersall says that hauliers should not buy new purely for prestige, when reusing existing stock is often more environmentally friendly. â€œReuse doesnâ€™t just extend to packaging â€“ itâ€™s about the whole way we do business. Trucks are built to run for two decades. Provided a four year old vehicle is sound and has good emissions levels, why would I want a brand new vehicle instead? We need to think green and act green.â€
WT has taken this â€˜carbon-lightâ€™ approach to its new premises too, choosing to leases part of the TPN regional Hub in Northampton. â€œSharing sites makes commercial sense, sweats the assets and means thatâ€™s one less warehouse we need to build on a green field,â€ says Tattersall.
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