High praise for Burnley convertor, CoolKit

By We Love Creative

28 Jul 2020

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A leading fleet services group has offered high praise for Burnley refrigerated van manufacturer CoolKit for its rapid response service amid the pandemic.

Due to a large influx of orders, Hertfordshire-based VMS Fleet Management, required external support to help convert vehicles quickly and efficiently and so they called on a long-standing partner they knew they could trust. 

VMS Fleet Management works with a variety of well-known supermarkets in the UK, supplying refrigerated and standard vehicles on both a fully managed and maintained basis.

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a huge growth in online shopping and home delivery services, meaning fleets needed to expand to fit consumer demand. 

VMS was inundated with requests from both big brand supermarkets and foodservice providers together with smaller operators who were looking to rapidly expand their fleet size and service offering.

VMS had worked with CoolKit on 300 conversions over the last three years and, as the largest convertor of panel vans in country, they knew they would make the perfect partners; if they had the capacity to assist.

Martin James, managing director at VMS said: “CoolKit is a valued, longstanding partner of VMS and we have been working well together for some time now. When Covid-19 hit and our customers came to us for help in expanding their fleet, we were confident that CoolKit could assist us in meeting our customers’ expectations.” 

While CoolKit was operating with a skeleton workforce, they were instantly on board.  

Glenn McCulley, CoolKit’s sales and marketing director, said: “VMS needed a partner who was still open for business and who could carry out builds at speed. We responded as one of the few convertors open and were ready to pull out all the stops to complete the conversions for such a loyal customer.”

VMS sent 80 of the required vans to CoolKit; a mix of Citroen Relays, Renault Masters, Mercedes Sprinters, so that they could convert 10 per week.

Fifty of these vans were to be fitted with the transport refrigeration system Alex Original, for which VMS Refrigeration is the sole UK distributor.

Martin concluded: “CoolKit was able to pull together their teams and work to deliver the required converts to our vehicles, while also keeping their workforce safe in an extremely unprecedented environment. We knew we could rely on them to provide fast, quality services to meet ours and our clients’ needs, and we thank them for mobilising so quickly to assist us.”

The 80 vans converted by CoolKit were distributed by VMS to a wide range of customers including food service businesses, top name supermarkets and online retailers. 

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