The Bowker Group is an international transport company with a long and distinguished history.
Tracing its roots back to 1919, it was there when the road transport industry first began. The first overnight shipper of fruit between Liverpool Docks and Covenant Garden, and one of the first to operate between the UK, Holland and Belgium. Today it operates over 150 vehicles and has over 40,000m’ of warehousing.
Providing a comprehensive range of dedicated and shaped-user warehousing services, the business is based in Preston, Blackburn and Hull. Bowker operate one of the region’s largest and most modern fleets comprising of 44t tractors, 26t and 18t rigid vehicles which are equipped with 1500kg rated tail lifts, reversing cameras and proximity sensors.
Importance of Flexibility
The entire UK fleet is tracked by satellite which not only provides online visibility of the vehicles but also the facility to use the motorway camera network and matrix warning signs to proactively monitor traffic conditions and avoid any potential delays.
Balancing space availability with a high degree of site utilisation, the company, according to warehouse manager, Stuart Greenwood, is potentially ‘one call away’ from a customer requirement for 100k square feet. “We’re constantly receiving quotes and getting business in'” adds Stuart. “The need for us to stay operationally ready is always there.” As if to prove the point, Stuart describes a recent situation. “We had an enquiry on a Wednesday to move 200 tonnes of product for a customer the next morning at 7am. A call to Carrylift resulted in a hire truck, in and working, by 8.30am on Thursday.”