AIM targets DAF XF for fleet growth
- 12 New XF 480 6x2 tractors expand temperature-controlled fleet
- Consistent 10-11mpg on mixed work
- DAF provides best whole-life-cost following experience with all major marques
- New £5 million distribution centre signals diversification into wholesale sector
Temperature controlled transport specialist, AIM Logistics in Evesham, has added 12 DAF New XF 480 ‘FTG’ 6x2 tractor units to its fleet – increasing the DAF marque’s representation in the AIM fleet to over 80% and coinciding with the company’s move to a new £5 million distribution centre and cold-store.
The trucks were supplied by local DAF Dealer, Imperial Commercials in Worcester, from whom AIM Logistics reports unrivalled levels of service and customer support.
The company says that since 2004, it has operated premium duty tractor units from all the major truck manufactures and that DAF’s whole life costs are better ‘by a country mile’ than those from competitor trucks. Company Director, Ismail Elmagdoub, says, “DAF’s whole-life proposition made our most recent acquisition a no-brainer. We can purchase four new DAFs for the same cost as three from another well-known premium brand,” he says, “and, with consistent fuel returns of between 10 and 11mpg on mixed work, and outstanding back-up from Imperial Commercials, it’s small wonder DAF now makes up the majority of the fleet. Compared to the rest, DAF’s whole-life-costs are better by a country mile.”
Elmagdoub also voices concerns over a depleting labour market and believes the best tools for the job are required to ensure driver retention – especially on ‘tramping’ operations. “Tramping is tough work at the best of times,” he says, “so, we give our drivers the best tools for the job, and they appreciate the high value asset. They see that we value them. They’re more likely to stay and that shows a return on investment. Our XFs are fully-specced for drivers – Super Space Cabs as standard, Durabrites, Kelsa Lite Bars and all the accessories a driver could wish for.”
AIM Logistics has moved into a recently completed, purpose-built, £5 million distribution and cold-store, featuring ten loading bays for the company’s latest cross-dock and consolidation operations. The facility also boasts a fully-fitted workshop to allow AIM to bring its repair and maintenance work in-house.
The company has experienced a dramatic upturn in demand for services to the wholesale sector. “While our core business of nationwide temperature-controlled distribution has grown steadily,” continues Elmagdoub, “it is our cross-dock and consolidation business that has really taken off. This investment into new facilities comes in response to our wholesale customers urging us to provide a more bespoke service in the wholesale sector with state-of-the-art accredited facilities to handle their goods.”