Lanchester Wines replaces eight trailers with two thanks to innovative loading solution from Tiger and Joloda

One of the UK’s leading wine merchants, Lanchester Wines, has replaced eight standard trailers in its commercial vehicle fleet with two new purpose-built curtainsiders from Tiger Trailers – a move made possible thanks to the inclusion of the super-efficient Hydraroll loading system from Joloda.

The new 13.7m tri-axle trailers were developed by Tiger, in conjunction with Joloda, to help Lanchester Wines streamline logistics between the company’s four warehouses in the North East.

Joloda’s innovative conveyor system features a moving slipchain floor built into the loading bay which extends into the trailer itself, creating a seamless transition between the two. The system is capable of loading or unloading up to 24 pallets of wine in as little as 80 seconds, a process that previously took 40 minutes – equating to a time saving of 97 per cent per load.

John Mitcheson, Logistics Manager at Lanchester Wines, says: “We invested close to £450,000 on the full Joloda system, which is the first of its kind for a UK wine business. The system means that while our vehicles are on the road, our warehouse team are able to pick and prepare the stock ready for instant loading when the driver returns.

“Installed across all of Lanchester Wines’ warehouses, this system radically reduces driver downtime and increases efficiencies, which are in turn passed on to our customers.”

Tiger worked closely with Joloda on a bespoke trailer design that actually incorporates the system into the chassis itself. The team then included elements like a bespoke-built under-run bar to protect the Hydraroll mechanism and solid steel reinforcement along the side rave to minimise potential damage from forklifts – all measures designed to prolong the operational life of both the system and the trailer.

Karen McBride, Project Manager at Joloda, says: “Our innovative loading solutions have been used across a number of industries for more than 20 years, with the Hydraroll system installed at close to 500 companies worldwide. To ensure the system operates perfectly it’s imperative that we work very closely with the trailer manufacturer from the outset – happily the team at Tiger were fantastic throughout the entire process.

“Joloda works with some of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, but it’s really great to see our system make a real difference to an established large scale and independent business like Lanchester Wines,” McBride adds.

Both new trailers operate on a single shift pattern, travelling up to 250 miles a day, five days a week. However, the system is so efficient that the current shift pattern could be doubled or even trebled in the future as the business grows.

“The new trailers effortlessly handle around 15 loads a day between the four sites, carrying up to 24 pallets on each trip. As the company continues to expand and the volume increases we’ll certainly be looking at installing additional Hydraroll systems to the loading bays across our sites, which in turn will require a few more specialist trailers in order to maximise efficiency,” concludes Mitcheson.

Established in 1980, Lanchester Wines is one of the UK’s leading supplier of quality wines and spirits to the trade. Combined, its fleet of 11 delivery vehicles and external partners handle around 2,600 pallets of wine a day.


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