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Transdek UK has extended its supply chain relationship with value retailer Boyes with the supply of a fixed double deck trailer that has been specifically engineered to accommodate the company’s 1830mm high roll cages on urban deliveries. Established in 1881 as a single shop in Scarborough, Boyes now 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. The new 11.8 metre step frame ambient trailer replaces two rigid lorries previously required to service Boyes’ regional stores and makes multi-drop deliveries over a predefined network of daily routes. It provides an increased payload volume of 15%, which cuts 364 journeys annually, saving over 55,250 miles 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 to enhance the retailer’s distribution efficiency and to accommodate its expanding operations. This incorporates 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,” says Mike Gaines, Distribution Manager at Boyes. “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.” 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 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.
Watch what happens next when this forgetful trucker left his bulker raised driving down the motorway and happened to meet the overpass!!!   The truck obliterates its entire load of canola seeds across the Canadian highway an expensive and embarrassing day for this trucker. Let us all take a lesson from this - DO NOT RUSH! Emergency services were called and luckily nobody was injured in this accident just extensive damage to the truck and trailer.  
Most of the staff of a Cumbrian haulage firm are being laid off, after its transport manager was banned from the industry. Seventeen drivers, workshop fitters and office staff at Eric Nicholson Transport, in Cockermouth, have been informed they are being made redundant. Mr Nicholson, who has been in the haulage business for 40 years, said: "We had absolutely no choice but to make pretty much all the staff redundant. "It was soul-destroying. Some of these guys have worked for us coming up 40 years. "We have made 17 staff redundant but are hoping to employ everyone up until May 10 when the licence goes." Mr Nicholson tried to get around emissions controls by fitting cheat devices on up to 16 vehicles. Following a public inquiry, his firm will lose its licence in May and will be disqualified from operating vehicles for five years.   He has appealed the decision. "I wasn't expecting to lose my licence completely. I was taken aback by the decision," he said. Mr Nicholson, who is an Allerdale and town councillor for Cockermouth and was on Cumbria County Council for 20 years, said he'd made the biggest mistake of his life in arranging for someone to fit the devices. His son and daughter, Simon and Lesley Nicholson, have applied to set up a new company, Cumbria Coal Limited, to take over the firm's coal business. Simon, who is also a town councillor, said: "My sister and I are setting up a new company, providing transport for the coal. We are the shareholders and directors. "We are confident the coal will continue uninterrupted, operating as we always have done from Dearham." Eric Nicholson's appeal will be considered by the Upper Tribunal in London. It could decide to uphold or set aside the decision of the Traffic Commissioner, or may order a fresh hearing. Source: Article by Tracy Walker of
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