A contract hire agreement with Fraikin has been agreed by Sterling Furniture.

The six-year full-service contract ensures the operator remains a long-term Fraikin customer. 

Specifically, the deal involves 12 new DAF rigids.

Interestingly, each one has been fitted with connected technologies from Fraikin’s partner, Samsara.

The contract with Sterling Furniture covers two different DAF models.

Firstly, there are nine 7.5-tonne DAF LFs within the contract hire deal. 

In addition, the Scottish operator has taken delivery of three 12-tonne LFs.

The new trucks on the fleet all feature Luton bodies. 

Each truck represents a replacement for older assets previously supplied by Fraikin. 

Therefore, the Sterling Furniture fleet remains at 28 commercial vehicles.

Craig Wilson, head of distribution at Sterling Furniture, explained the specifics of the deal. 

“Contract hiring our trucks brings huge benefits to the business,” he said. 

“For example, we have consistent control of our costs.

“Also, Fraikin delivers a proactive approach to maintenance and servicing.”

The bodywork has been built by Tekbo and is designed for transporting furniture. 

For example, it features strong webbing, straps and cushioning for load protection.

Furthermore the trucks have been specified with a folding tailgate for easier access when loading and unloading.

In addition, Fraikin has equipped each truck with Samsara’s latest Connected Operations Platform. 

The telematics suite collects a wealth of data about the trucks and their journeys.

For example, information available includes distance travelled, average speed and fuel efficiency. 

Mewnahile, diagnostic fault codes and distracted driving indicators are also flagged up on the system.

Concluding, Wilson said: “With each new deal, Fraikin is able to keep our fleet up-to-date. 

“It installs the latest technology to help further improve our operation. 

“And, in turn, it delivers a continued high level of service to our customers.”