Bibby Distribution has secured a further three-year distribution and warehousing contract with insulation manufacturer, Saint-Gobain Isover (SGI). It includes a 100 per cent fleet replacement strategy to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2emissions in its transport operations.
The renewed agreement sees the introduction of three new 15.65m extended length trailers, alongside 20 aerodynamic high-volume teardrop trailers and 16 Euro 5 trucks to correspond with SGI’s focus on its environmental responsibilities. Route optimisation and delivery scheduling software has also been implemented to realise further operational efficiencies.
“We run a dedicated fleet for SGI and part of our commitment is to run equipment which meets the customer’s individual business objectives and allows us to increase our service levels,” said Mark Wilson, Divisional Director of Bibby Distribution. “In this case, the key objectives going forward are to increase load-fill on shunting operations to improve mpg, and bring improved planning efficiency into every route travelled.”
Bibby Distribution will continue managing the contract from SGI’s two facilities in Runcorn and Gotham, Nottinghamshire where Bibby employees are currently based.
“This is the ideal platform to show what extended length and teardrop trailers can really do in practice. Together with SGI we have set ambitious environmental targets, and by improving mpg alone we are expecting to see a carbon reduction of at least 65 tonnes per annum,” added Wilson.
The new extended length and teardrop trailers are now all running in the fleet and feature SGI’s striking livery.
Commenting on the renewed contract, David Lydon, Supply Chain Manager of Saint-Gobain Isover said: “We are delighted to have extended our distribution and warehousing contract with Bibby for a further three years. Since assuming responsibility for our operation following the purchase of TM Logistics back in October 2010, Bibby has become an integral part of Isover’s business, working hard to align with our key strategic drivers which encompass safety, customer service and environmental sustainability.
“The tender process was fiercely competitive, but with sound innovation and a real determination to add value, I am confident that we have a robust yet challenging strategy for the future,” he added.