DIY giant Wickes has added its first batch of Scania P320 trucks as it expands its home delivery service for online customers and trade professionals.
The two HGVs are the first of 16 that it will take delivery of and follows an agreement with Scania and Novuna Vehicle Solutions.
The trucks feature a brick grab crane, have a payload of around nine tonnes and will be used to transport DIY and home improvement products in partnership with Wincanton.
The agreement to provide vehicle maintenance services, as well as in-life account management support for Wickes’ HGV fleet, builds on the existing two-year partnership with Novuna.
It already manages 38 vehicles for the retailer comprising 20 trailers, 10 heavy panel vans, 4 LCVs and 4 HGVs.
Jon Lawes, Novuna Vehicle Solutions MD, said: “We’re delighted to continue fostering our relationship with Wickes, helping them to fulfil their home delivery service to thousands of customers across the UK by demonstrating our expertise as a total asset solution mobility partner.
“As they work towards achieving their decarbonisation targets and future proof their fleet, we’re looking forward to building on our partnership, supporting their transition to electrification and alternative fuels.”
Mark Wheeler, national transport and compliance manager at Wickes, added: “With changes to legislation, Wickes are at the beginning of a journey towards electrification of commercial fleet and see partnerships such as the Wickes and Novuna one, as key to any future decision making.”