Courier delivery network Hermes has taken delivery of eight double deck trailers from Don-Bur in order to save almost £400,000 per year while reducing its overall carbon footprint by as much as two per cent.
The step frame double deck trailers with hydraulic lifting deck will operate from a customer site in Wath-on-Dearne in South Yorkshire. With a capacity of up to 6,000 parcels, around double that of a raditional trailer, they will allow for a single tractor unit and trailer to be sent to around 50 per cent of Hermes’ depots on a daily basis where previously it had required two.
Hermes expects the double deck fleet to significantly reduce vehicle running on key routes between customer locations and its nationwide depot network, cutting miles travelled by 684,000 miles each year. This equates to an annual saving of more than 300,000 litres of fuel.
Carole Woodhead, chief executive of Hermes in the UK said: “We are looking at specific areas of our business where we can achieve high levels of financial efficiency, operational productivity and environmental responsibility. This investment into the double deck trailers is expected to provide considerable benefits and we will look to see if there are further opportunities for similar projects elsewhere in the trunking network.”