Transdek UK develops double deck solution for Boyes

Department store franchise, Boyes, has specified a fixed double deck trailer with 1830mm-high roll cages for urban deliveries from trailer builder, Transdek UK.

The new 11.8 metre step frame ambient trailer will reportedly replace two rigids previously required to service Boyes’ regional stores, providing an increased payload volume of 15 per cent. According to Transdek, this will cut 364 journeys annually, saving over 88,000 kilometres and 1,950 hours of working time per year.

The trailer forms part of a total double deck solution developed by Transdek for Boyes. Over the past five years the trailer builder has worked to enhance the retailer’s distribution efficiency and to accommodate its expanding operations, incorporating a range of Transdek’s innovative loading bay lifts and associated equipment.

“Transdek has worked closely with us to develop the ideal fixed double deck solution to meet the demands of our store delivery profile and diverse product mix,” said Boyes Distribution Manager, Mike Gaines. “The lifts and trailer work in synergy to provide a very effective distribution package. Transdek also ensures maximum uptime with a full range of maintenance services of all equipment.”

Transdek said the trailer’s low, 4.6-metre overall height profile permits a flexible delivery schedule on a number of key routes with low bridges. The customised trailer can carry 75 of Boyes’ rollcages and has been fitted with a specially adapted taillift to enable easy store unloading.

It also features Transdek’s patented sequentially opening V-Glide sash type rear doors, which, according to the trailer builder, will allow safer, faster docking and increased load security. These unique doors remain sealed until after the vehicle has docked, eliminating the need for the driver to open the doors in the yard prior to reversing onto the loading bay.

The trailer dovetails seamlessly with Transdek’s modular loading bay installations at Boyes’ main distribution centres at Havers Hill and Hopper Hill in Eastfield, North Yorkshire, which include three 12 roll cage V2G (vehicle to ground) lifts, a 6.5T 12-cage double deck lift and three mezzanine floor lifts, as well as three dock levellers built into a modular extension.

Established in 1881 as a single shop in Scarborough, Boyes currently operates a nationwide chain of 62 department stores. The family business offers a wide range of products, including clothing, fabrics, haberdashery, footwear, babywear, DIY, soft furnishings, confectionery, stationery, toiletries, toys, and pet products.

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