Rase Distribution has spent over £700,000 on vehicles and £225,000 on trailers which are all Euro 6 compliant and meet the latest emission requirements. The new additions include four Volvo 44-tonne tractor units, three 26-tonne Scania curtainsiders with cantilever tail lifts, one 12-tonne DAF curtainsider and ten Lawrence David curtainside trailers. They join the firm’s 55-strong fleet of vehicles at its depot on the former RAF Wickenby Airfield.
Geoff Hill, director at Rase Distribution, said: “Our primary concern is operating a fleet that maximises our ‘up-time’. However, it’s become clear in recent years that the industry is facing a recruitment challenge. In order to attract the best drivers, we need to offer market leading equipment and infrastructure. Scania and Volvo vehicles are popular quality brands and they’ll offer our drivers a well-equipped, comfortable and modern working environment. The vehicles also feature the most up-to-date telematics to allow us to track fuel efficiency and monitor driver behaviours.”
Rase Distribution was founded in March 1967 by David and Jean Hill and started trading from a former corn store in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. It became a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, in 2010 to enhance the business further, enabling existing new clients to benefit from efficient high-quality logistics services into UK and Europe. The company is a regular Palletways Platinum club member in recognition of its first-class customer service. With no natural family succession, Rase was recently acquired by HW Coates in Leicestershire which Geoff Hill said will provide long-term business continuity and succession for its staff and customers.
It’s one of over 110 independent transport providers that are part of the Palletways UK network. They benefit from shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost effectively than ever before? The Palletways Group comprises 400 depots and 17 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 20 European countries, including the UK.