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McCormick signs up Citroën for replacement fleet

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Spice and condiments company McCormick UK has taken delivery of 166 new Citroën Berlingo and Dispatch Crew Vans for its national van fleet.

Left to right: Steph Brown, corporate sales manager Alphabet (UK); Simon Griffith, corporate sales manager PSA Group UK Fleet; Neil Brace, field operations manager McCormick (UK); Tracey Hoare, regional business controller south McCormick (UK); Nick Brownrigg, CEO Alphabet (UK)

Left to right: Steph Brown, corporate sales manager Alphabet (UK); Simon Griffith, corporate sales manager PSA Group UK Fleet; Neil Brace, field operations manager McCormick (UK); Tracey Hoare, regional business controller south McCormick (UK); Nick Brownrigg, CEO Alphabet (UK)

Supplied by Robins & Day Citroën, London West, the new vehicles replace an earlier fleet of Citroën Berlingo Crew Vans and include an upgrade to the Teletrac Navman Smartnav and stolen vehicle tracking system on all of the newly acquired vehicles.

The 156 Berlingo BlueHDi 100 L2 725 X and 10 Dispatch BlueHDi 120 XL Crew Vans are on three-year full maintenance contracts, including tyres, through Alphabet and will be used by McCormick’s nationwide team of retail sales and support merchandisers in the UK, with varying mileages to suit the territories. Alphabet is also supping 10 Ford Transits.

Commenting on the Citroën deal, Tracey Hoare, McCormick UK’s regional business controller for the south, said: “The key benefits of the new fleet for us are enhanced safety, flexibility and efficiency for our Merchandising Team. It will also help them with dynamic journey planning.

“When the vehicles are fully loaded, there are no weight issues, no matter what the mix of products carried is. In addition, the Berlingos are equipped with a moveable bulkhead, which gives the safety and flexibility we require.

“Finally, the fact that the standard Berlingo is equipped with Teletrac Navman’s navigation and tracker system was very attractive to us from a safety point of view, and knowing where individuals are. The system also gives us the opportunity to look at how we manage our geographical coverage more effectively. Drivers are able to use the vehicles for personal use too.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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