Supply chain giant DHL and trailer manufacturer Don-Bur has teamed up to deliver cost and energy saving new transportation for child & mother products retailer Mothercare.
New double-deck trailers will be deployed by DHL for its Mothercare fleet after a successful six-week trial, with estimated cost savings of £113,000 and a 120 tonne reduction in Mothercare’s carbon footprint over the next five years.
Livery for the new trailers will be branded with the ‘Born to Care’ logo celebrating Mothercare’s 50th anniversary taking place in September and its new partnership with charity Save the Children.
David Weller, Head of UK Supply Chain at Mothercare, commented; “Mothercare is very excited about these new double-deck trailers. DHL and Don Bur have worked together, pooling their expertise, to give us a first class solution that uses state of the art technology.
“These new trailers will enable us to consolidate our deliveries and run fewer miles demonstrating our ongoing commitment to efficiency and reducing carbon footprint.
Compared to the standard 13.5 metre trailer, Don-Bur’s new design can carry up to 44 pallets which equates to a 69 per cent increase in capacity.
Other innovations used in the new trailers include the ‘Safe Suzie’ ground-level coupling system and latest ‘Blade’ panelling allowing for extra space.
John Boulter, Managing Director, Non Food, DHL Supply Chain, said: “The Don-Bur Double Deck trailer is a unique vehicle and a great example of DHL working in partnership with its customers and suppliers to deliver technical innovation, whilst reducing cost and carbon emissions.”
For its third quarter results, Mothercare cut its profit-before-tax targets despite good international sales as trade in the UK fell.