When easyStorage needed a fleet of dependable vehicles to deliver a large-capacity, highly functional transport solution that maximised efficiency, the Iveco Daily 7-Tonne range proved to have the winning formula.
The firm trialled options in different shapes and sizes before settling on the vehicle.
Now there is no mistaking the 3.8-metre high and 8.7-metre-long vehicles when they are out on the road because they are wrapped in the firm’s trademark bright orange livery.
Supplied by A M Philip Trucktech in Glasgow, easyStorage now runs a 100% Iveco fleet with 27 of the 7.2T GVW Daily vehicles currently in operation.
There are 12 in build with a further eight on order.
‘Proving the concept for the van’
The easyStorage chief executive, Tim Slesinger, said: “When proving the concept for the van, it was clear that accessibility was crucial.
“Using a truck would have given us plenty of carrying capacity but made things more difficult in all other aspects.”
He added: “Our easyPods weigh around one tonne when loaded and the majority of our jobs cover two or more, so we knew we wanted to leverage load capacity with fewer journeys so the ability to carry a trio in one go was going to be best.”
The rest of the vehicle specification has been carefully curated into a framework, from which the franchise operators can order, and that the company believes optimises efficiency, total cost of ownership and passenger comfort.
Using the Business trimline
With pneumatic rear suspension and using the Business trimline, that includes air conditioning, front fog lights, cruise control with speed limiter and electrically heated/adjustable door mirrors as a basis, the extra-long armed mirrors are added for maximum rearward visibility beyond the wide body.
A 360-degree suite of cameras with an in-cab display ensure the highest levels of operational safety and security.
Internally, the vehicles include the 7″ touchscreen Hi-Connect infotainment system with Bluetooth, smartphone mirroring DAB and TomTomLIVE navigation set up to take the vehicles’ size and weight into consideration for safe and time-saving route planning.
Mr Slesinger said: “We’ve built a great relationship across all parties and are enjoy the willingness of Iveco, A M Phillip and Tekbo to collaborate in continual innovation.
“The drivers appreciate the vehicles and they have proved themselves against the brief, providing us with the look and feel, running costs and manoeuvrability of a van, but with all the guts of a truck.
“We look forward to taking this to the next level when the e-Daily is launched.”
Commercial bodybuilding specialist Tekbo
A chance meeting with Glasgow-based dealer A M Phillip while launching a local operations base saw an introduction to commercial bodybuilding specialist, Tekbo.
The easyStorage-patented design uses the class-exclusive 7.2T Iveco Daily 72C18HA8P chassis cab used to carry a huge box body with kerbside loading doors to accept three ‘easyPod’ packing crates.
Additional doors to the rear to unveil a bulkhead that serves as a toolbox for all the equipment the three-man teams need to safely lift and pack customers’ belongings.
The box body also houses a variety of pull-out platforms, ramps and supports that the operators can use to assist in the safe loading and unloading from the vehicle.