Lancashire Logistics, a United Kingdom-based refrigerated transport company, is considering switching its entire fleet to Schmitz Cargobull’s trailer telematics after being impressed by the system’s capabilities after acquiring six new reefers.
The transporter has taken on six of Schmitz Cargobull’s Executive refrigerated trailers pre-equipped with the manufacturer’s telematics system and its own in-house-developed refrigeration unit.
Peter Calow, Lancashire Logistics fleet engineer, said once the new trailers deliver on their promise of improved efficiency, the firm’s remaining 27 reefers will be retrofitted with Schmitz Cargobull’s technology.
“We looked at a second manufacturer for these additions to our fleet, but the integrated telematics in Schmitz Cargobull’s Executive package is the one that gives us complete peace of mind that each load has been kept at the correct temperature throughout its journey,” said Calow. “After seeing first-hand the quality of workmanship that goes into making their trailers on a visit to the factory in Germany, they were our first choice.”
The system provides remote monitoring and control, enabling Lancashire Logistics to ensure that its clients, which include companies like Nando’s and Subway, will get their deliveries in perfect condition.
Real-time monitoring trailer location will allow the Skelmersdale-based firm to operate more efficiently, and Schmitz Cargobull’s 24/7 proactive monitoring will reduce unplanned downtime.
Lancashire Logistics also benefits from Schmitz Cargobull’s own refrigeration unit, designed to provide lower cost of ownership and greater reliability.
The reefers have been built using the German manufacturer’s Ferroplast panels, which is said to be tougher and thinner than conventional bodywork, allowing additional internal volume for transporting larger loads.
“The extra space in the Schmitz Cargobull reefers means the loading and unloading of pallets is so much easier, making our whole operation more efficient,” said Calow.
Lancashire Logistics operates a fleet of 33 reefers—including 16 from Schmitz Cargobull—delivering pre-packed salad to food retailers and markets around the UK.