Tuffnells will invest £4 million to upgrade its fleet this year, as part of a wider business improvement plan.
The parcel delivery firm plans to invest a total of £7m across its business during 2023.
The company’s fleet will benefit from the introduction of newer, more energy efficient vehicles featuring technology such as cameras and telematics capabilities.
During 2022, 137 new Euro 6 standard vehicles were delivered as part of the upgrade plan, with a commitment made for a further 184 this year.
A significant upgrade to Tuffnells’ route optimisation technology is one of the top priorities of the investment plans, leading to higher efficiency and visibility of collection and delivery rounds, while reducing emissions across the fleet.
Additional plans for this round of funding include a key upgrade to the IDW parcel carrier’s ePOD scanning devices, commencing this month and enabling Tuffnells to take full advantage of the latest in scanning technology.
A large portion of the investment funds will also be used to upgrade the Material Handling Equipment in Tuffnells’ depots to ensure greater care and safety during the collection and delivery process.
2023 also sees the launch of a number of development programmes across the business, including Effective Leadership and Aspirational Women, plus the launch of a new mentoring programme. These initiatives build on the Green Shoots personal development programme, providing a fresh approach to career opportunities.
Michael Holt, chairman of Tuffnells, said: “These are game-changing investments which, together, provide a confident roadmap for the next phase in our journey. It is our ambition to be the technology leader in our sector, and by providing the necessary funding for operational excellence, we will enable our team members to deliver hugely positive change for our customers."
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