“The Chefmobil is recognised as the most advanced community meals system in the sector.
"Not only does it ensure we deliver delicious meals in the best possible condition, it makes regenerating meals safe, simple and economical.”
While Hitachi Capital has developed specialist skills in its own workshops to convert the vans into Chefmobils, Apetito requires specialist garages to maintain the vehicles in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
Sayers says: “Working with Hitachi Capital, as soon as we know where a Chefmobil will be based, we make sure we have appropriate suppliers in place to maintain the vehicles at its operating location.
"Hitachi trains new suppliers to make sure the vans can be maintained properly.”
He adds: “We have been able to synchronise vehicle servicing and inspection and take a proactive approach to maintenance, using suppliers local to a vehicle’s operating location to minimise downtime.”
Apetito uses Hitachi Capital’s online vehicle management system, Capital Control, to give it password-protected access to up-to-the-minute fleet management information.
Sayers says: ““Vehicle usage is monitored and, in order to optimise efficiency against contract terms, vehicles may be re-allocated to other depots.”
Logistics manager: John Sayers
LCV fleet size: 350
LCV brands on fleets: Citroën, Nissan
Funding method: Contract hire
Operating cycle: Five years