freshfoods GmbH gives insights into the importance of lightweight chassis for die delivery logistics
freshfoods GmbH is a young Munich-based company that delivers food and consumer goods directly to the customers’ home. The customers choose their products online, notes them on a virtual shopping list and can order them at any time. Every order is the delivered freshly packed in a refrigerated vehicle. As a result, the company is faced with the challenge of optimising its fleet in order to improve efficiency and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO).
The freshfoods customers can choose a one-hour time window within which they wish to receive their goods. In order to handle the growing number of order, every vehicle has to handle more and more deliveries per tour. A vehicle travels around 140 kilometres per day. Loading starts early in the morning, and the transporters are loaded again in the afternoon. Due to the one-hour time window that the customer can choose for the delivery, however, optimum use is not made of the vehicles. If the company could change over to a two-hour window, it could achieve the same with less vehicles, as logistically optimised routes could be planned.
In order to optimise the load capacity, a vehicle body without wheel arches is crucial. When ordering the new fleet, freshfoods therefore relies on lightweight chassis from AL-KO. The lightweight chassis allow a higher payload so that the company was able to reduce its fleet by at least one vehicle. Whereas in the past the company had four vehicles and a subcontractor with two further vehicles, the fleet now has only five vehicles. It now does completely without external capacities. freshfoods was thus able to significantly reduce its total cost of ownership – even though the capacity of the five vehicles is still not completely exhausted.
A further benefit of the low-floor variant of the AL-KO lightweight chassis is the lower loading sill. that is now 20 centimetres lower by comparison with the previous transporters. That results in a significant saving in time for loading and unloading, far simpler handling and less strain on the back for the drivers. Ramps that are longer and have a flatter approach allow even larger and heavier containers to be loaded without problems. Last but not least, a step at the rear end of the vehicle further relieves the strain on the driver.
An additional reduction in the tare weight and consequently a higher payload can enable a slightly narrower and shorter loading area. This also has the advantage that less lashing materials are required, and hence the total cost of operation is reduced.