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VCHD Cargo adding a new refrigerator line to Italy

The Czech company VCHD Cargo specialises in refrigerated transport and has recently introduced a new chiller line to Milan, Italy. The double-decker trailer with a refrigeration system has a capacity of 66 standard pallets.

VCHD Cargo offers regular international and domestic cargo transport lines. Some of these lines use vehicles with temperature control. “Refrigerated vehicles are suitable for a variety of goods, not just food,” says VCHD Cargo CEO Pavel Sirotek. “We provide this service to clients in the chemical, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, too. It is ideal for any product sensitive to temperature changes, both in terms of heat and cold, such as water-soluble paints, cosmetic creams and toners, etc.”

VCHD Cargo meets these temperature requirements thanks to its double-decker refrigerated vehicles equipped with temperature sensors that allow online monitoring of the conditions inside the vehicle. The trucks also have a back-up contact thermometer. In addition to temperature control, another advantage of these vehicles is the fact that they have two levels, the upper level being flexible and independent of the lower loading area. Depending on the type of goods transported, the upper level may be installed, for example, only in the front part of the trailer where smaller units can be placed in two tiers and the rest of the trailer may be filled with pallets with heights of up to 2.7 meters. If the full upper level is installed, the trailer’s pallet capacity is doubled to a maximum of 66 pallets.

“Some of our customers do not know how to take full advantage of the double-decker trailer or lack the necessary loading technology,” says Pavel Sirotek. “We try to motivate these customers to increase their transport efficiency and even offer to provide a special forklift that takes up the space of two pallets in the trailer but allows loading on the upper level. Double-decker trailers are not just economically attractive. They also help reduce the cargo’s carbon footprint.”

The average age of VCHD Cargo vehicles is 2.9 years and 98% of the company’s trucks meet the EURO 6 emission standard. All vehicles are equipped for hazardous goods transport in accordance with ADR. VCHD Cargo’s has regular lines to more than 70 European destinations and customers can keep track of the current location of their goods thanks to GPS tracking.

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VCHD Cargo commits to cost-efficiency

The leading Czech carrier VCHD Cargo has published results of its cost-efficiency efforts. The company’s strict internal regulations have brought about savings of more than CZK 11 million on fuel and, more importantly, a 6.2% reduction in its carbon footprint.

VCHD Cargo vehicles navigate European roads practically every day and carriage optimisation is, therefore, one of the company’s key priorities. The routes of its regular lines are regularly reviewed in order to eliminate empty capacities and the carrier works with its clients on ways to maximise the efficiency of space usage inside its vehicles. Drivers are motivated to drive economically. “We have defined a set of principles of economic driving for our employees and we have tools for monitoring their application in practice,” says Ing. Pavel Sirotek, the CEO of VCHD Cargo a.s., adding “This includes maximum avoidance of high engine RPM situations, use of idling and cruise control, specific braking strategies and, of course, respecting the speed limit, etc.” Drivers are rewarded for cost-efficient and environment-friendly driving performance. As for driving safety, Pavel Sirotek says this core value is ingrained in every professional driver.

“We approach driving, the fundamental cornerstone of our business, with humility and respect for those around us and we try to instil this ethos in all our colleagues,” Pavel Sirotek explains. The company’s fleet meets the highest emission standards and typically uses modular trailer superstructures that allow the most efficient use of the load space. Furthermore, the company’s branch in Havlíčkův Brod has an alternative source of energy in the form of photovoltaic panels.