Kinship Logistics, which is SH Pratt Group’s logistics division, is to work with commercial vehicle contract hire and fleet management company, Prohire, which has supplied 25 DAF XF480 6×2 tractor units on a 36-month contract hire basis. The contract includes, including repair and maintenance, servicing, parts and breakdowns, tyres and RFL.
The vehicles went into operation on 1 March to coincide with the new 19-plate and the opening of the new HALO sister company warehousing operation last year at the port of London Gateway. Both Kinship Logistics and HALO are owned by SH Pratt, which is one of Europe’s leading fruit importers and ripeners.
The tractor units have SuperSpace cabs with luxury drivers’ seats, adaptive cruise control and Truckphone with Bluetooth connectivity. There are numerous operational and safety features, including latest generation drivetrain for optimum fuel efficiency, FORS silver standard camera systems and full health and safety catwalks.
Kinship Logistics operates throughout the UK from its head office in Luton and the group’s new facility, HALO, at London Gateway logistics park. Head of Compliance and Fleet, Nick Waller explained, “The higher vehicle specifications are a big advantage from a driver comfort and safety perspective. Our customers are rightly sensitive to the reliability and presentation of the truck fleet, given their time critical goods. These specifications also help to future proof the fleet as customer demands and legislation evolve.”
Joanna Griffiths, Head of Business Development at Prohire, added: “Prohire always aims to give best advice not only in terms of day to day operational performance, presentation and economics, but also in terms of overall cost efficiency. The idea is to exceed customer expectations at every stage of the contract and to ensure predictability and transparency at all times.”
Prohire supplies commercial vehicles and full fleet support services to a wide range of business sectors including foodservice and catering, chilled food and pharmaceuticals, builders’ merchants, leisure retail and the brewing industry as well as to specialist logistics companies.