The PharmaVan II vehicles have been developed in a major contract with CoolKit Ltd, with the first 340 set to be delivered in the next six months and the full roll out set to be completed by the end of 2017.
The vans display the company’s recent rebrand and will soon be seen on roads across the UK on a Network Roadshow where the vehicles will be demonstrated to AAH drivers nationally before being put into use.
Each van is fitted with a Seven Telematics Transcan unit linked to the Seven Eye portal, allowing drivers to constantly monitor the temperature of the fridge, which is maintained between 2 and 8 degrees, and the cargo area, between 8 and 25 degrees. The fridge and cargo area, which are independent of each other, continue to operate while the driver makes deliveries ensuring no deviation of temperature.
Each vehicle comes with a full reporting suite and key AAH personnel are able to track the vehicle’s every movement as the driver is on the road. Temperatures can automatically be logged with real-time temperature recording, which is visible to the AAH Branch and Distribution network, and an audible alarm will be triggered, and group email alert generated, if there is any deviation of temperature. An alert notification has also been added which will signal when the doors to the cargo area are open.
The vehicle has additional security features comprising of six CCTV cameras, which provide a safe and secure environment for the products, the drivers and the public.
Steve Anderson, operations director at Celesio UK, AAH Pharmaceuticals’ parent company, said: “The new vans are born out of AAH’s commitment and determination to excel in delivering an exceptional first class, reliable service, providing customers with the best in pharmaceutical distribution so that they can meet the needs of their own communities.
“The fleet will be the most technologically advanced pharmaceutical vans on the road, having been built exclusively for AAH by CoolKit to ensure product is delivered within GDP 2013 guidelines.”