Leading online used bookseller World of Books needs a sizeable fleet of vans to collect stock from its network of charity shops. The firm operates 75 vans which cover 3.75 million miles each year.
Issues such as fuel consumption, payload and running costs become a big deal when you’re dealing with numbers like that. In order to keep costs under control, World of Books has opted for a contract hire deal with T.O.M. Vehicle Rental for its current fleet. This provides fixed costs, including repairs, servicing, maintenance, road fund licence, worn tyre replacement and replacement vehicles.
World of Books’ new vans are all Citroen Relay 35 Enterprise L3 H2 HDI 130ps models. These long wheelbase 3,500kg vans boast a payload that’s 300kg greater than the competing models previously operated by World of Books.
This means that each van can collect more books from charity shop customers on each run, which ultimately reduces mileage. Fuel consumption is better too, according to the firm. World of Books expects to enjoy savings of £35,000 on diesel alone.
The choice of Enterprise specification for the Relay vans means that World of Books’ drivers will enjoy the benefits of Bluetooth, air conditioning and rear parking sensors. Sourcing them through a contract hire deal with T.O.M. meant that the vans were delivered ready to work — complete with loadlok, livery and trackers.
This kind of one-stop shop contract hire solution is increasingly popular with companies, as it means that the financing burden and fleet management duties are largely outsourced, in exchange for a fixed monthly payment.
I expect to see more deals of this kind over the next few years.