The one issues (considerably) brighter than Tiger Trucking’s yellow automobile 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 minimize 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 solely to the personal fleet.
Whereas nonetheless comparatively uncommon in Canada, the enterprise model is nicely established within the U.S. and is changing into more and more well-liked, mentioned Penske govt account supervisor Patrick Musacchio.
“Every little thing you see within the store is identical as what you see in a full-service facility,” he advised 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 purchasers’ again yards and be capable of assist 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 based mostly in Ottawa. As of this fall the retailer’s personal fleet could have 150 energy models, together with 400 trailers, 300 intermodal containers, and 60 chassis.
Musacchio admitted he was nervous about how Penske would assist the distribution middle, because it was established near an hour away from current service amenities. Finding a devoted store proper exterior the distribution middle’s doorways was the reply.
“For us, it simply made sense from a security, environmental and folks perspective to have that service carried out right here, to save lots of the miles, save the gasoline, and have individuals 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 speedy 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 models,” 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 deal with points, pre-or post-trip, to guarantee that 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 scale back downtime whereas additionally saving miles and gasoline, mentioned Paul Wooden, president and CEO of Large Tiger Shops. “That’s simply one other implausible strategy to enable us to maintain the prices low for the client.
“That’s why we created Tiger Trucking 35 years in the past … We found out that we may 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 received just a few extra areas to get to, however don’t fear. We’ll get there quickly.”