Supermarket chain Booths has added its first four Carrier Transicold Supra® 1150 MT (multi-temperature) units to its fleet for intensive store delivery work across northern England. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The family-run business specified the Supra units only a year after trialling the first Vector™ 1950 trailer units from Carrier Transicold within its fleet. Key to placing the order was the proven performance of its first Carrier Transicold systems, coupled with the suitability of the Supra 1150 MT units for multi-temperature deliveries to an expanding network of 31 stores.
The new Supra systems have been mounted to triple compartment Solomon bodies on a mix of Volvo and Mercedes-Benz rigid truck chassis. Each vehicle will be used intensively for up to 17 hours a day, delivering a mix of ambient temperatures, carrying chilled and frozen produce from the company’s distribution centres to retailer’s stores, stopping for only half a day each week.
“We tested our first Carrier Transicold refrigeration units last year and have been thoroughly impressed with how efficiently and reliably they have worked,” said Mark Glover, head of logistics, Booths. “As a direct result, we didn’t hesitate to specify the Supra units for our new trucks.”
The Supra 1150 MT unit was developed for use in intensive distribution environments with frequent door openings. Advanced evaporators with electric fans optimise airflow, allowing quick temperature recovery and enhanced air management independent of engine speed.
“As our fleet is almost always on the go, it’s important for us to ensure that our trucks are capable of keeping up with deliveries to our busy stores,” Glover adds. “As our business continues to grow, every asset we have has to be as efficient as possible. Carrier Transicold’s Supra range achieves rapid pull-down speeds and ensures accurate temperature control for all chilled and frozen cargos, with a reputation in the industry for excellent product protection and low operating costs.”
Booths operates a fleet of more than 25 commercial vehicles and plans to keep these new vehicles on the road for at least 5 years.
About Carrier Transicold
Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 40 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with the most advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain.