Yusen Logistics is investing £9m in its UK business, with a particular focus on its IT systems and vehicle fleet.
Managing director Ian Veitch said: “Further to the company’s merger last year enabling us to offer comprehensive air, ocean and contract logistics services and with significant growth now underway, the time was right to make a significant investment in the UK business to move it forward in line with the demands of the future.”
It is investing a £2.2m in IT – notably infrastructure and transport management tools.
New high availability servers serving operational management tools are designed to ensure full system availability 365 x 24 x 7.
The Vision transport management system provides route and vehicle planning logic, trip execution and real time non-conformance management. All Windows and back office servers have been moved to a virtualised solution, ensuring high availability of these services.
The company is also benefitting from investment in the global ocean operations system, GDS.
Almost £7m is being spent on mechanical handling equipment, vehicles and trailers.
The latest pillar-less tri-axle trailers equipped with sliding Suzie rails, have been added to the fleet, enabling drivers to couple airlines without needing to climb.
Front air deflectors and Formula One style diffusers at the rear are maximising aerodynamic efficiency, to deliver fuel savings of over 3 per cent.
Included in the trailer order is Yusen Logistics’ allocation of the longer 15.65m trailers, part of The Department for Transport trial.