Wren Kitchens’ new Isuzu fleet

Forty- five new Isuzu Forward 7.5 tonne rigids have gone into service with national retailer Wren Kitchens, as the Humberside manufacturer changes its distribution programme covering deliveries from its regional outplaces to city centre customers.

The 45 Isuzus will be covering the distribution routes previously handled by the company’s 100 Renault Master vans.

“We undertook considerable due diligence to identify that the payload afforded us by switching to the bigger GVW Isuzus would enable us to operate fewer vehicles in total, whilst also increasing our efficiency in distribution through the increased payload achieved. At the same time, the Isuzu’s compact footprint enables them to easily deliver to all the same places as the vans,” said Lee Holmes, head of transport, Wren Kitchens.

“By switching to Isuzu 7.5-tonne rigids, we have been able to achieve the minimum payload of 2.8 tonnes that makes this operation viable, as we need to carry at least two kitchens and two remedials within each Isuzu for this new distribution operation to be successful,” added Lee.

The first 25 trucks are now in operation and by April, Wren Kitchens will have taken delivery of all the Isuzu Forward N75.150 (E) rigid chassis, with each one fitted with a purpose-designed demountable body. All the new trucks have been supplied by Isuzu Truck’s Humberside dealer Thompson Commercials. They are each anticipated to cover at least 150,000 km per annum over a five-year working life.

Michael Dalton
Michael Dalton
Michael graduated from university in 2016 with a degree in Human, Social, and Political Sciences, and is a former contributor to The Truck Expert.

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