The one issues (considerably) brighter than Tiger Trucking’s yellow car graphics have been the reflective yellow vests worn by these round them. However each have been plentiful because the fleet celebrated its 35th anniversary – and reduce a fittingly yellow ribbon to open a brand new upkeep facility in Johnstown, Ont.
The store itself is run by Penske Truck Leasing Canada and Frigid, however is devoted completely to the personal fleet.
Whereas nonetheless comparatively uncommon in Canada, the enterprise mannequin is properly established within the U.S. and is changing into more and more standard, mentioned Penske government account supervisor Patrick Musacchio.
“Every thing you see within the store is similar as what you see in a full-service facility,” he instructed TruckNews.com, referring to the Johnstown location with two drive-through bays. “This enables us to not solely develop our enterprise however get proper into the shoppers’ again yards and be capable to help them with an unique, devoted store.”
The store additionally builds on a decades-long relationship between Penske and Large Tiger Shops, which initially solely had a few automobiles primarily based in Ottawa. As of this fall the retailer’s personal fleet may have 150 energy items, together with 400 trailers, 300 intermodal containers, and 60 chassis.
Musacchio admitted he was fearful about how Penske would help the distribution heart, because it was established near an hour away from current service amenities. Finding a devoted store proper exterior the distribution heart’s doorways was the reply.
“For us, it simply made sense from a security, environmental and folks perspective to have that service executed right here, to save lots of the miles, save the gasoline, and have folks doing productive work versus simply shuttling empties forwards and backwards,” mentioned James Johnstone, head of transportation at Large Tiger.
Quickly rising fleet
That grew to become notably obvious throughout the operation’s fast development over the previous few years, because it established itself as one of many largest personal fleets in Canada.
“There was a noticeable drag as soon as we hit in all probability 70-80 items,” Johnstone mentioned, referring to the on-duty driving time invested in service appointments. “That point must be spent doing productive work and getting deliveries to our shops.
“Having our companions right here to handle points, pre-or post-trip, to make it possible for truck is prepared to return out and is protected is our number-one precedence for us by way of upkeep.”
Combining the efforts of two transportation companions will cut back downtime whereas additionally saving miles and gasoline, mentioned Paul Wooden, president and CEO of Large Tiger Shops. “That’s simply one other unbelievable technique to enable us to maintain the prices low for the shopper.
“That’s why we created Tiger Trucking 35 years in the past … We found out that we might do it extra cost-effectively ourselves,” he mentioned of the personal fleet’s roots. “Now we’re sending our gear just about from one finish of the nation to a different. We’ve obtained a number of extra areas to get to, however don’t fear. We’ll get there quickly.”