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13.11.2014

‘ICELAND DRIVERS OF THE YEAR’ LAND AWARD-WINNING RANGE T

"The current Renaults in the Iceland fleet perform well and have been part of the fleet for five years."

Iceland Foods and DHL Supply Chain have presented four drivers, who have each won Driver of the Year for their depot, with new high spec ‘International Truck of the Year 2015’ Renault Range T tractor units. The winners were awarded the trucks by Iceland’s joint Managing Directors, Nigel Broadhurst and Nick Canning, as well as Supply Chain Director Nigel Morley at a presentation day at Iceland’s Head Office in Deeside. The ‘Drivers of the Year’ competition saw drivers undertaking aptitude and performance tests as well as daily and weekly monitoring of efficiency and general driving standards.

The 18 tonne Range T430 4x2 tractor units are wrapped in satin black, instead of the usual Iceland white, this colour choice being made by the drivers themselves and include a range of extras to enhance life on board.  The winners were Les Burkey (Enfield), Ian Bow (Swindon), Craig Barlas (Livingston) and David Potts (Warrington).

Iceland’s Contracts and Commercial Manager, David Rowlands, said, “‘Iceland/DHL Driver of the Year’ is a great way to recognise the winners who have all demonstrated driving excellence across our KPIs. We wanted to do something special to reward them so we felt that the Range T, wrapped in their choice of colour, was a great way to do this. The satin black contrasts brilliantly with our standard white livery and when the drivers were awarded their vehicles they were delighted. They were also really pleased with the interior of the vehicle and the extras that are included.”

Dave continued, “The current Renaults in the Iceland fleet perform well and have been part of the fleet for five years. There are another 25 new Euro 6 Range T vehicles being delivered before the year end and I am looking forward to an improved fuel performance compared with the Euro 5 engines. Renault Trucks now has a 48.8% share of the Iceland fleet with 156 tractors and rigids combined, out of a fleet of 320 vehicles and this is testament to the great performance and service we receive.”

Iceland is one of Britain’s most innovative retailers and best known brands, acclaimed as the country’s easiest and friendliest place to shop and recognised as the Best Big Company to Work For in the UK. Iceland was originally established in 1970 by Malcolm Walker, who still heads the company, and has now grown to over 850 stores throughout the UK, with further stores in Ireland, Iceland and the Czech Republic, franchises in four further territories and a global food export business.

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