Prices offer fuel for thought

VEHICLE efficiency is becoming a bigger consideration for wholesalers in the face of rising fuel prices.

Wallaces Express’ managing director Brian Calder said that diesel is now the company’s second-largest overhead, behind wages.
“We have installed vehicle tracking and efficiency performance software in our vehicles to keep control of our costs,” he said. “It also helps with our green credentials.”
Rival wholesaler Inverarity Morton has also focused on fuel efficiency in the last year, having invested in new, fuel-efficient delivery vehicles as the business looks to cut its carbon footprint.
Operations director Donald Campbell also said the business has had to “look hard” at its delivery schedules in order to maximise efficiencies there as well.