Ryder System Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions, said Wednesday it is the outsourced fleet provider for one of the United Kingdom’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of kitchens and joinery products. Howdens Joinery is replacing its existing fleet with 100 heavy-duty, Euro 6-compliant tractors, under a full service lease from Ryder. Euro 6 is the latest diesel engine emission legislation being driven by the European Commission.
The new vehicles feature high-tech specifications including lane departure systems, adaptive cruise control, forward facing cameras and on-board telematics. The vehicles will operate across Howdens Yorkshire and Northampton distribution hubs and its four regional transportation hubs, delivering to nearly 600 trade depots.
“As a customer-focused business, we take our environmental and safety responsibilities very seriously,” said Charlie Nissen, Howdens national transport manager. “Specifying Euro 6 and numerous safety features on the vehicles was a logical business decision. Because our own service levels and expectations are high, we are very demanding in what we want in a contract. We found that being associated with a market leader like Ryder provides us with the high service levels that are critical to the continued success and expansion of our business.”
Robin White, Ryder sales and marketing director said, “As a result of this new deal, Howdens now has the most modern and high-tech fleet in its sector and one which will provide significant operating efficiencies and brand image benefits. We look forward to a long and healthy working partnership with Howdens and helping the company continue to grow and expand.”