Vi­tal Fleet chills with Serco bod­ies

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SERCO has de­liv­ered 70 re­frig­er­ated trucks to Vi­tal Fleet, part of Vi­tal Dis­tri­bu­tion So­lu­tions, a large lo­gis­tics com­pany op­er­at­ing through­out South­ern Africa.

Debi Dab­ner, fleet man­ager at Vi­tal Fleet, said the new trucks brought to more than 100 the num­ber of units her com­pany had bought from Serco over the past two or three years, boost­ing Vi­tal’s fleet to in ex­cess of 500.

Vi­tal, which also has ex­ten­sive ware­hous­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, trans­ports a va­ri­ety of goods for cus­tomers — big and small — in South Africa and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

Com­pany head­quar­ters are in Johannesburg with branches in Dur­ban, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, Namibia and Botswana.

Dab­ner said the latest ve­hi­cle bod­ies from Serco meant Vi­tal now of­fered an im­proved trans­port so­lu­tion for cold chain goods, from be­ing in the com­pany’s cold stor­age ware­houses, on to re­frig­er­ated trucks and straight to the cus­tomers’ fa­cil­i­ties.

She said more busi­ness was in the pipeline for Serco. “We chose Serco to be our pre­ferred sup­plier be­cause we get ex­cel­lent ser­vice from them and no come­backs with the trucks we or­dered from them.

“They are very cus­tomer-ori­en­tated and com­mit­ted, cater­ing for our ev­ery need,” said Dab­ner.

“Vi­tal is all about cus­tomer ser­vice. Our aim is to be among the top five dis­tribut­ing and ware­hous­ing com­pa­nies in South Africa.”

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Serco, Clin­ton Hol­croft, said his com­pany was very proud to be as­so­ci­ated with Vi­tal Dis­tri­bu­tion. “They are a rel­a­tively new cus­tomer of ours, but have be­come very sig­nif­i­cant over a short space of time.

“Serco was able to build ve­hi­cles ac­cord­ing to Vi­tal’s specs, pro­vid­ing sev­eral spe­cial build re­quire­ments and in­ter­nal fit­tings. The trucks were pro­duced at our fac­to­ries in Dur­ban, Cape Town and Johannesburg en­sur­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions and de­liv­ery com­mit­ments were all met.

“It is vi­tal for us to build qual­ity ve­hi­cles and de­liver on time to en­sure the suc­cess of our clients,” added Hol­croft.

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