Fowler Welch has bought 56 Schmitz Cargobull reefers for its food delivery operations, replacing older vehicles. The new trailers will be used to move ambient, fresh and frozen products on multi-drop work, seven days a week from nine depots. They include extra buffer protection under the rear doors, multifunctional PIEK floors for low noise loading and unloading and greater internal widths providing the flexibility to transport different loads in one trailer. Paul Allera, head of fleet at Fowler Welch, said: […]
Fowler Welch MD Nick Hay has strong views on fleet replacement cycles and the switch to Euro-6 as he explains to Steve Hobson Fowler Welch runs a fleet of 400 units and 800 trailers from 10 sites around the UK. Best known as a chilled operator, it dropped the ‘Coolchain’ from its public name in 2011 as it expanded into ambient distribution and today around 30% of its revenues come from the ambient side of the business.
Howard Tenens has replaced eight 12-year-old trailers with new Schmitz Cargobull S.KO Cool tri-axle deep freeze trailers.
Fowler Welch’s move into ambient distribution alongside its chilled business is already paying dividends as MD Nick Hay tells Steve Hobson Although Nick Hay – MD of Fowler Welch since November 2010 – has, like the firm he runs, a background in chilled distribution, he sees ambient markets as far more happy hunting grounds. As Stobart’s withdrawal from the chilled market demonstrates, this has become a price-led commodity business where operators struggle to make money.