DPD has ordered an extra 100 Mercedes Benz Actros tractor units to help manage the continuing e-commerce boom.
These will add to the 50 units it has already ordered this year.
All vehicles will be 4×2 variants with Active Drive Assist technology.
The company said the public’s increasing reliance on internet shopping had resulted in soaring demand for a seven-day-a-week, nationwide next-day delivery service. This trend shows no sign of slowing, it said, with established online retail customers experiencing a sales boom and new customers developing their own online propositions.
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DPD head of transport Dave Winchcombe said: “We talk to our drivers all the time, and they’re very enthusiastic about the new features on these vehicles. MirrorCam gets a particularly big ‘thumbs up’ for the much-improved rear-facing visibility it provides – they love the fact that you can set the camera to the back of the trailer – and because by replacing mirrors it’s eliminated some major blind spots.
“They also think the Actros looks fantastic. With aids like Active Drive Assist and new Predictive Powertrain Control, it’s a very simple truck to drive nowadays. From the company’s point of view, meanwhile, being able to offer a state-of-the-art vehicle like this helps us to attract new drivers to our business. That’s a very big plus, given the scale of the recruitment campaign in which we’re now engaged.”