The Perfect Refrigerated Vehicle For A Food Wholesaler

A food wholesaler speaks about the benefits of having a refrigerated vehicle that does more than just look the part when delivering to customers.

Mark Bridgman, Managing Director of Pulse Express Couriers needed to replace his ageing vehicle but couldn’t afford a new refrigerated conversion.

After hearing about CoolKit’s range of approved used vehicles, Mark contacted the team with his requirements.

He said: “Cost is a big factor for me. To find the outlay of a brand-new van wasn’t viable. I looked at the CoolKit website and saw that they had vehicles with 20-30,000 miles and could be converted, and the prices were fantastic.”

What We Did

Interior

Hygienic GRP interior surface with a textured anti-slip floor, pallet protection and removable bulkhead

Insulation

Insulated lining kit at 75mm throughout the conversion to suit freezer temperature

Refrigeration

Hubbard Zero for freezer temperature down to -18°C with road and single phase standby

“I had always had issues with the old van’s refrigeration unit and the insulation wasn’t thick enough. The worst time was summer when transporting ice cream. The CoolKit conversion seems so robust in comparison. I’m always putting full pallets into the back with a fork lift truck and it damages the floor. CoolKit came up with a clever but simple solution to put in strips of aluminium on the floor so the pallets would slide in. It’s the attention to detail and the little touches that make a big difference. CoolKit have worked with me from start to finish and have given me great advice. There has never been any pressure and they have fulfilled all my requirements. I am really pleased with the purchase.”
Mark Bridgman, Pulse Express Couriers Ltd

Pulse Express Couriers, established in 2012, supplies frozen, chilled and ambient food and drink to restaurants across England and Wales, covering around 4,000 miles a month. However, the majority of stock is sheep’s milk delivered to local cheesemakers.

Mark said: “I had issues with the old van’s refrigeration unit and the insulation wasn’t thick enough. The worst time was summer when transporting ice cream. The CoolKit conversion seems so robust in comparison.

“I’m always putting full pallets into the back with a fork lift truck and it damages the floor. CoolKit came up with a clever but simple solution to put in strips of aluminium on the floor so the pallets would slide in. It’s the attention to detail and the little touches that make a big difference.”

Mark also had his van fitted with a Seven Telematics temperature data logger, enabling him to provide proof of temperature of the goods while in transit.

He added: “The traceability of the milk is so important and now I can confidently and easily provide the documentation to show it has been kept at the right temperature.

“Having a well-presented vehicle is important when you’re travelling to a customer’s property. First impressions reflect on the business.”

The bulkhead in the van has been installed in the middle, enabling Mark to have frozen goods on one side and chilled on the other. CoolKit also installed a load lock system to strap down pallets. The floor has a non-slip finish to prevent containers from sliding in the back.

Mark said: “CoolKit have worked with me from start to finish and have given me great advice. There has never been any pressure and they have fulfilled all my requirements. I am really pleased with the purchase.

“It’s never the right time to let an old van go because of deliveries and orders, but CoolKit made it a smooth transition. I’m really pleased with my versatile van. The configuration works brilliantly. The CoolKit van gives me more flexibility and looks the part.”

Mark Beaton, account manager for Pulse Express Couriers, adds: “It’s always a pleasure to deal with customers who appreciate the quality of our manufacturing. The quality of the design and build of a refrigerated conversion is paramount in delivering a vehicle fit for purpose, and for guaranteeing return custom. Our attention to detail and level of customer service is the same throughout our customers, whether a one van business or a fleet, they all deserve the outstanding service we have become known for.”

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