Phoenix Healthcare Distribution has taken on the first wave of 92 Sprinters after committing to a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The wholesaler has a 400-strong fleet, and the 92 vehicles included a combination of short 310 CDIs and medium and long 313 CDIs which are the subject of a contract hire agreement with long-term partner LeasePlan.
Phoenix Healthcare Distribution supplies a range of products to hospitals, health centres, dispensing surgeries and pharmacies.
It operates from UK headquarters in Runcorn and a network of 13 depots nationwide.
The Sprinters are on multi-drop delivery duties and typically cover more than 1,000 miles a week.
All are fitted with tracking systems and rear parking sensors, and limited to 70mph.
New EU legislation requires that pharmaceutical products must be carried in temperature-controlled vehicles.
Phoenix plans to trial a Sprinter chassis cab with fridge body by Paneltex, alongside a panel van converted by the same specialist.
“We’re not interested in short-term deals but like to develop long-standing relationships with our suppliers,” said Jason Gadsby, group fleet manager at Phoenix Healthcare Distribution.