e-Commerce is on the rise and Serco is one company in the trucking industry that is being proactive in getting in on the act. Working closely with Takealot.com – one of South Africa’s largest e-commerce retailers – Serco has enabled the company to move towards owning and operating its own fleet of dry body vehicles.
Takealot.com has large warehouses in Johannesburg and Cape Town from where they deliver goods which include electronic, sports, home, kitchen and fashion items direct to on-line buyers.
In consultation with the Takealot.com team, Serco designed some key aspects into the new fleet of 22 vehicles it has supplied to the company, including:
- Light weight bodies fitted onto Hyundai H100 vehicles for easy access and to suit door-to-door deliveries.
- Nose-cones for improved performance and fuel efficiency.
- Tail lifts to facilitate quick and efficient loading and offloading of goods.
Serco completed the manufacture of the bodies at its factories in Cape Town and Johannesburg earlier this year.
Managing director, Clinton Holcroft, says buying online and having the goods – both dry and perishable – delivered to your home is a fast growing trend in the USA, the UK and Europe. This trend is now gaining popularity in South Africa and becoming a growing market.
“Having smaller, more maneuverable vehicles to handle deliveries makes good sense, especially as heavy vehicles are often prohibited from entering suburban areas such as housing estates,” he says, adding that his company is proud to be working with TakeAlot.com for the first time to give them the edge in this sector.