Gray & Adams targets home delivery

Doncaster, UK: Gray & Adams launching a purpose-designed temperature-controlled home delivery body.

Based on a 3.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the company’s first demonstration unit has a dual-temperature GAH refrigeration unit and is capable of carrying 105 totes (crates).

Gray & Adams home delivery vehicle (8)Gray & Adams freed up the space for an extra tote by ‘designing out’ the wheelbox intrusion.

Other features include wide radius cappings to smooth the airflow and high-gloss Kemlite floor skins which are used externally as well as internally, to help prevent dirt and debris accumulating beneath the vehicle.

Gray & Adams has also taken steps to protect the vehicle from costly accident damage by fitting plastic, high impact-resistant rear light plates, proximity sensors and reversing cameras.

Steve Rose, managing director at Gray & Adams’ Doncaster factory, says:  “We’ve shown our new vehicle to a number of major retailers. The feedback has been resoundingly positive and we’re already in detailed negotiations regarding the first volume orders.”

Gray & Adams home delivery vehicle (3)Gray & Adams puts the current size of the UK home delivery fleet at around 7,500 vehicles. Based on an average five-year replacement cycle, this implies potential demand for some 1,500 new vehicles each year.

“Yet until now the home delivery sector has been dominated by a single vehicle supplier,” says Steve Rose. “Given continued growth in this segment, the market badly needs another volume-based manufacturer to guarantee future supply and ensure price competitiveness.

“That’s where we come in. Gray & Adams has a proven track record for working with its customers to develop high-quality temperature-controlled transport solutions tailored specifically to their operations. We’re also known for delivering on time and as ordered, and for supporting our products with a first class aftercare service.”

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