Supplied by Robins & Day Citroën, London West, the new vehicles replace an earlier fleet of Citroën Berlingo Crew Vans and include an upgrade to the Teletrac Navman Smartnav and stolen vehicle tracking system on all of the newly acquired vehicles.
The 156 Berlingo BlueHDi 100 L2 725 X and 10 Dispatch BlueHDi 120 XL Crew Vans are on three-year full maintenance contracts, including tyres, through Alphabet and will be used by McCormick’s nationwide team of retail sales and support merchandisers in the UK, with varying mileages to suit the territories. Alphabet is also supping 10 Ford Transits.
Commenting on the Citroën deal, Tracey Hoare, McCormick UK’s regional business controller for the south, said: “The key benefits of the new fleet for us are enhanced safety, flexibility and efficiency for our Merchandising Team. It will also help them with dynamic journey planning.
“When the vehicles are fully loaded, there are no weight issues, no matter what the mix of products carried is. In addition, the Berlingos are equipped with a moveable bulkhead, which gives the safety and flexibility we require.
“Finally, the fact that the standard Berlingo is equipped with Teletrac Navman’s navigation and tracker system was very attractive to us from a safety point of view, and knowing where individuals are. The system also gives us the opportunity to look at how we manage our geographical coverage more effectively. Drivers are able to use the vehicles for personal use too.”