The Henderson Group, one of the key players in Northern Ireland’s economy and owners of the Spar, Eurospar, Vivo, Vivoxtra and Vivo Essentials franchises, has added 15 Renault Range T460s and 14 Range D18s to its group fleet line-up.
With the latest vehicle additions supplied by local dealer Diamond Trucks, Renault has gone from strength-to-strength with the Henderson Group.
Group Fleet Engineer, David McCracken said: “In 2015 we operated a mixed fleet of vehicles and it was decided a key objective would be to standardise to perhaps two core brands. We introduced the Range T and D in 2015 with seven Range T460 6x2s and a Range D26 fridge and we haven’t looked back. Renault is now one of our preferred suppliers and business partners. We operate some 70 of its vehicles across our various divisions and forecast further investment in Renault by the end of 2020.”
Previously positive experiences, vehicle reliability and driver acceptance were key factors in the company’s decision to add more Renaults to the fleet, as David says: “Driver acceptance of Renaults has been 100%; it’s exceptional.”
He continued: “They really are the perfect truck, reliable, stylish and comfortable to drive. We’ve recently introduced two flagship Range T Highs as a driver retention tool for long serving employees with the Range T being the preferred choice for most of our drivers.”
The Henderson Group has brought in the new T Ranges to work on regional distribution multi-drops across the Northern Ireland operation. “The trucks are doing around 70 runs a day both ambient and chilled and the Range T fits the bill perfectly and offers the best compromise in terms of reliability, fuel economy, size of cab and driver appeal.”
The 26-tonne Range Ds are working on similar operations within the wholesale division and the 18-tonne Range Ds on foodservice business, delivering daily to hotels, restaurants, schools and other public services across the North and South of Ireland. “The specifications of the Range D, including the reduced turning circle and compact cab, make it perfect for our wholesale and foodservice operations and allows us to access even the tightest of locations,” explains David.
The Range Ts have been supplied on a four-year contract hire deal through BRS Limited with the Range Ds being a capital purchase for the Company. David adds: “We are very committed to reducing its carbon footprint. To ensure that we have some of the most modern and environmentally friendly trucks available, we currently update our tractor units every four years and rigids every seven years but we are constantly reviewing this and may reduce this even further as new technology is introduced in the future.”
Maintenance of the vehicles is carried out by Diamond Trucks. Commenting on the quality of support they receive from the local dealer, David concludes: “Our fleet is increasingly moving to Renault now, thanks to both the quality of the vehicles and the service we receive. The relationship works and look forward to dealing with Renault for many years to come.”