PJH fleet investment boosts next-day deliveries to 70%

As part of PJH Group’s investment strategy into continuously improving its service to customers and staff, the bathroom, kitchen and appliance distributor has made a substantial investment into its national network of transport fleet. The move aims to improve vehicle efficiencies and service levels as well as boost considerably the availability of the PJH Next-Day Delivery Service.

With operating costs constantly rising, and the need to reduce its carbon footprint, it was an obvious move to update the fleet and improve fuel efficiency. With an existing fleet that was over six years old, all vehicles have now been replaced with streamlined Euro 6 trucks that offer a much-improved MPG rate with associated efficiencies allowing PJH to realign its base and become more agile, in particular with regard to the Next-Day Delivery service to customers.

To do this PJH has created a new process of vehicle routing which adopts a more flexible planning process allowing for route optimisation that is more responsive to changes in customer demand. This results in cost and environmental savings due to efficient routing, meaning less miles travelled, less fuel consumed and CO2 savings. The new process has also extended PJH’s population coverage receiving daily deliveries from 17m to 47m.

John Nobrega, Head of Operations at PJH’S Cannock depot, commented: “By offering many more customers the Next-Day Delivery option on our own fleet will most certainly give us a competitive advantage in today’s tough market. With the new vehicles and improved routing procedures now in place, we can enable more postal districts throughout the UK to take advantage of daily deliveries – with up to 70% of all postal regions now having a daily delivery service. It’s great news for both our customers as well as the end-consumer.”

The initial investment has seen the addition of 63 new vehicles for PJH’s Cannock and Manchester depots, spanning a range of models from large Arctics to smaller Maxi vans. The new energy efficient fleet also features a much-improved cab interior with the latest cab technology as well as the distinctive PJH brand aesthetics on the outside.

For further information, contact PJH Group on:- Tel: 0800 8 77 88 99 or visit the web site: www.partners.pjh.uk

*70% of UK postal regions

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