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GDP-compliant vans to help LF&E go national

Specialist pharmaceutical logistics firm LF&E Refrigerated Transport has taken delivery of two new GDP-compliant refrigerated Mercedes Sprinters as it looks to expand its operations.

Jason Buckley (right), MD of LF&E, taking delivery of the vans from Calum Clelland, national account manager at VMS

LF&E, which currently has two depots and a 40-strong fleet, is looking to expand its operation into a national network supported by 80 vehicles. The plans will see two more depots open in the next six months, helped by the new Sprinters, which will allow the company to carry larger loads between the depots up and down the country.

The vehicles have been supplied by VMS Vehicle Hire and converted by CoolKit, and were supplied eight weeks after the order was placed.

LF&E managing director Jason Buckley said: “VMS spent time understanding our requirements and listening to our needs. We have received updates throughout the build process from both VMS and CoolKit. CoolKit also enabled engineers to come fit trackers to the vehicles during the build to prevent them being off the road once delivered.

“We have been really impressed with the build quality. It is a very neat, professional job and the recessed condensers in the roof not only offer a better look but will also increase fuel efficiency due to the improved aerodynamics.

“During a summer like we have had, just 20 minutes in heat of 30 degrees will dramatically affect the temperature of goods, potentially rendering them useless in a substandard vehicle. That is not a risk we are willing to take.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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