Consortium Purchasing, which includes Eddie Stobart and AW Jenkinson, has placed an order for 2,250 new Scanias

Scania (Great Britain) has won an order for at least 2,250 trucks from Consortium Purchasing, an operation led by William Stobart, executive chairman of Greenwhitestar Acquisitions (which owns Eddie Stobart, The Pallet Network and iForce), and Allan Jenkinson (owner of A W Jenkinson Forest Products). It represents the Swedish truck maker’s largest ever European order for civilian trucks.

The trucks, a mix of P-, G-, R- and S-series tractors and rigids, and for the first time an unspecified number of multi-wheelers, will be supplied by Scania dealers Haydock Commercial Vehicles and Graham Commercials over the coming two years. They will be supplied on full R&M contracts, with all work carried out within the UK Scania service network, and will remain in service for up to three years.

More than 1,000 are destined for Eddie Stobart, with the remainder split between AW Jenkinson Forest Products and third member of the consortium WS Transportation. 

This is the sixth time the consortium has placed a major order with Scania. The last time was 2018, when it purchased 2,100 units.

"We are absolutely delighted to have placed this order with Scania, especially in such challenging and uncertain times," says William Stobart.  "Scania's latest generation of vehicles – which we have now operated for three years – are continuing the long tradition of excellent service, reliability and good fuel performance we have come to expect from the brand.  This, along with the consistently high levels of service we receive from the Scania network, is why we have chosen Scania to fulfil a large part of our truck requirements."

Scania (GB)’s UK sales director Vincente Connolly, adds: "We are immensely proud to be reporting such positive news at this time.  During our negotiations, both William and Allan were extremely complimentary about the special relationship which exists between our organisations, and has done so for many years.  We now look forward to fulfilling the order and working with the teams within the consortium to deliver the best possible service and total cost of operation for each and every vehicle in this agreement."

Hey Alexa, I'm driving my Volvo!

Most people are aware of the Amazon Alexa voice-activated digital assistant in the home environment. Volvo has become the first manufacturer to integrate the system into a range of trucks. It's already available on a small group of premium cars, mostly American. Now, as of March, Volvo FM, FMX, FH and FH16 models in the UK and Western Europe will be available with Alexa fully integrated into the Driver Interface digital dash system. The application is part of Amazon's Alexa Built-in programme, which adds the functionality of the system to all kinds of devices ranging from wrist watches to heavy trucks.

Alexa gives drivers seamless hands-free access to functions such as placing phone calls, listening to the news, including checking road and traffic conditions, obtaining route directions, and playing content such as music, podcasts and audiobooks.

Access to content on your smartphone is by a Bluetooth wireless connection. Details of costs are yet to be finalised, but we expect them to be incorporated into the audio package option.