We have put sustainability at the heart of our new fleet of lorries, highlighting our drive for greener thinking as well as our ambition to help customers meet ever-increasing environmental targets. Arbor’s commitment has also been recognised at this year’s coveted Timber Trades Journal Awards – an annual celebration of the best in the industry. Shortlisted for the Environmental Achievement Award, a category that acknowledges excellence in the field of sustainable practice.


Driving down emissions: 4,090 road miles reduction

Successfully in business for over 70 years, we supply over 500,000m3 of quality timber to the building, DIY and construction trades every year from our 90-acre site in New Holland (North Lincolnshire). It is the largest dedicated timber terminal and processing facility in the UK. With 100s of orders to process every day, and large-scale logistic challenges a mainstay of the industry, we have continued to look for greener solutions that optimise fleet utilisation, reduce carbon emissions, improve efficiency levels, and replace existing manual processes.

One of the results has been the creation of ‘Warehouse on Wheels’, a one-stop shop concept that delivers products at the right place and time, and in the precise volumes required. By providing mixed product deliveries nationwide (removing the need to use separate suppliers), we are using fewer vehicles on the roads, making fewer deliveries and reducing its carbon footprint. In addition, transport planning is automated through routing and scheduling software, further maximising efficiencies and vehicle fill rates. Moreover, since launching, Warehouse on Wheels has helped us to:

Travel 4,090 road miles less each week
Save 2,237 litres of diesel every week
Improve trailer fill rates by 25%
Eliminate 70 customer deliveries across the UK each week.


Experience counts: 70 years of doing the right thing

With fresh panel designs, our new-look lorry fleet is also ready to take the Warehouse on Wheels concept to the next level and help our customers enhance their own green credentials. According to one report*, this will be important over the coming years as industries such as the timber sector strive to meet ever-increasing sustainability targets, meaning that innovative thinking will be needed to reduce environmental impacts across the supply chain.

With this in mind, we use our 70 years’ experience to play an active part in the Timber Trade Federation and was one of the first companies in the UK to achieve full-chain of custody certification for both FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) FSC-CO13579 and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). This dedication to quality, service and new ideas led to the creation of Warehouse on Wheels and Arbor having been shortlisted at the TTJ Awards, is the perfect recognition of its continued drive for sustainability.


Meeting future demand

Our logistics manager, David Garbutt says: “We’re incredibly proud of our Warehouse on Wheels concept, as it allows us to fulfil orders in a single delivery. This is not only great news for our customers, but better for the planet. It’s a win-win situation. Our ability to generate precise transport plans means we can maximise our resources while maintaining our delivery promise. We’re also using data to achieve more accurate, environmentally beneficial route optimisations, so we’re expecting to see Warehouse on Wheels improve further in the future.”

Operations director, Phil Yell, adds: “Sustainability is an ever-growing concern for businesses, so it’s essential that organisations such as ours proactively drive forward greener practices. The bottom line is that we genuinely care, so this governs how we act and the way we help our customers meet stringent environmental legislation. By increasing our in-house transport capabilities, we now have visibility over a wide range of KPIs helping us to reduce mileage and improve fleet utilisation, while always delivering on our service commitment to customers.”


*For further information, please visit: constructionmanagement.co.uk/timber-targets-a-green-industrial-revolution/