CJ Lang & Son has made a £1.6m investment in its transportation fleet. The first of 12 new trailers arrived at their Dundee distribution centre, with several of them used on the road at the start of September.
Scotland based Gray and Adams built the new trailers, containing the latest Thermo King A400 Advancer Refrigeration units. The new technology is said to improve fuel efficiency by around 30% and significantly reduce Co2 emissions compared to the outgoing units.
The wholesaler will also take delivery of four new Scania rigid vehicles later this year, which incorporate Gray and Adams bodies and Thermo King refrigeration. Some of the older MAN vehicles on the fleet will also be replaced by five new Scania Tractor units.
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The new vehicles will operate from Dundee, travelling across the whole of Scotland.
Chief executive officer of CJ Lang & Son, Colin McLean, commented: “We were very impressed with the build quality, fuel economy and reliability of previous vehicles from Scania and Gray and Adams making it an easy decision to make this investment in our fleet.
“It is of utmost importance to us that we continue to deliver quality products to our stores in a safe, efficient and timely manner and in all weathers. This investment will support the growth of both our independent Spar retailer business and our Spar Scotland company owned store estate.”
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Meanwhile, the wholesaler has also announced the appointment of Robbie Moore as the head of trading. Moore joins CJ Lang from his role as wholesale buying manager at Morrisons.
Commenting on the appointment, McLean said: “We’re delighted to see Robbie joining our Spar Scotland Exec team where he will actively provide advice and input to the business and our members. He will be a great addition encouraging and supporting the Spar brand and standards of operation in Spar retail stores.”
Moore added: “I am excited to take this role with CJ Lang. Operationally the trading team is in a very strong position and I look forward to building on its success.”