Commercial vehicle ­company Fraikin has signed a new two-year contract with Sainsbury’s to manage the retailer’s home delivery fleet in the South of England.

The contract covers 1,000 vehicles operating from 120 stores, representing a 78% increase in stores for Fraikin.

“Market leading ­customer service lies at the heart of our online shopping experience and Fraikin has consistently helped us to meet this requirement,” said Simon Skeet, head of retail and logistics operations for Sainsbury’s online.

Fraikin CEO Peter Backhouse added: “We are delighted that, having proved our capabilities, Sainsbury’s trusts us to help ensure they fulfil their promises every day to their customers.”