Spirit replace entire distribution fleet with Ivecos
By Kyle Linsay
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 15:24
The new fleet
Iveco has secured a major conquest order with Spirit Pub Company
The order includes 39 Stralis Hi-Street 26-tonne rigids, 14 Stralis Hi-Street 18-tonne rigids and three flagship Stralis Hi-Way 6×2 tractor units. The rigid vehicles are being fitted with refrigerated bodies built by Solomon and equipped with Frigoblock multi-temp refrigeration units.
The fleet serves a multi-brand estate spread across the UK, requiring versatile vehicles able to cope with urban multi-drop work, regional deliveries and longer distance trunking.
Daniel Stretton, Senior Supply Chain Manager at Spirit Pub Company, says: “No single day is the same in this business. Our vehicles face a different route every time they go out, depending on the demand from our different pubs. We need vehicles which can perform in all environments and which offer maximum reliability and fuel-efficiency for our business. We’re confident that the Stralis range is ideal for the job.
“We have gone on a journey with Iveco and we are very pleased about where it has led us. They have put in a great amount of time with us to ensure our new fleet will meet the needs of our business and growth perfectly.”
Commenting on this major order, Stuart Beeton, Sales Director at Iveco, explains: “The team at Spirit wanted a strategic-level supplier which could understand their business and propose a transport and aftersales solution that supported their long term goals, whilst delivering maximum efficiency and reliability. We’ve been able to deliver in all these areas. It’s a terrific fleet to win.”
The trucks will be in operation for up to 12 hours a day, six days per week, travelling an estimated 100,000km a year.
Spirit Pub Company expects to complete its transition to an all-Iveco operation by the end of October 2015.