Linde clinches five-year forklift truck deal for leading logistics firm

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Logistics business TDG has awarded a five-year contract to forklift truck manufacturer Linde Material Handling (UK) for the supply of more than 800 forklifts to TDG sites throughout the UK.

TDG, a third party logistics and supply chain management specialist, works at almost 100 of its customers' sites across the country, including Weetabix, Sainsbury's and Argos. Jonathan Fletcher, TDG procurement director, says Linde's fleet management system, customer support services and its willingness to find the most cost-effective solution, clinched the deal. The two companies have been working together for more than 10 years but the contract renewal involved serious negotiations. "The selection process was undertaken by a TDG core team of operators and technical experts," explains Fletcher. "They looked at ways to find further benefits to pass on to our customers, while ensuring the equipment met the stringent demands of the operations." Cost efficiency is helped by the deployment of high-frequency chargers for all of the electric fleet. "Deploying these chargers into the operation has reduced operating costs, reduced charge cycle times and reduced TDG's carbon footprint through a more efficient use of electricity." Linde's Andrew Daly says the truck manufacturer worked closely with TDG managers at all levels and all sites to ensure it was meeting all their needs. "We have now, for instance, asked each of the TDG operations or sites exactly what data it needs – and tailored our fleet management programme accordingly. This means the data will be used to make the operation as efficient as possible." TDG's operations are highly varied and the fleet includes almost every type of Linde product.