Buffaload Logistics, which handles much of The Co-operative’s fresh product, has further expanded its temperature controlled double-deck trailer fleet. The move provides continued support for the mutual’s primary distribution network.

Buffaload, the temperature controlled division of Taylor Marketing, said the extra high cube trailers would maintain low traffic movement through reduced handling and lower mileage.

Buffalo carries Co-op fresh inbound product and delivers to nine distribution centres throughout the UK. Its recently expanded cross-dock facility in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire plays a key part in the daily operation.

The Co-operative’s distribution network mainly comprises purpose-built depots with loading bays designed to accommodate the taller, double-deck trailers.

And Buffaload now provides a fully-managed transport and consolidation service, calling on a fleet of 82 double-deck fridge trailers and cross-docking sites in Huntingdon, Wigan, Lancashire and Avonmouth, Bristol.

John Sabey, who is responsible for the Co-operative’s third-party primary contracts, said: “The Buffaload deckers allow us to be competitive on pricing, due to their high capacity, and they reduce the physical amount of inbound movements through our gates.

“The trailers bring flexibility to our fresh, inbound network and they work closely with our internal planning team to ensure best fleet utilisation and ‘vehicle fill’ are achieved.”

They also complemented the company’s secondary store fleet by supporting depot transport operations, Sabey added.