Alphabet has won its third successive contract to supply and manage 650 vans and cars for Barloworld Handling, the UK’s largest distributor of lift trucks.

The renewed contract, which follows a 10-way re-tendering process, will see the supply partnership between the two companies continue to 2014.

Alan Thackray, Barloworld vehicle contract and facility manager, said: “We are very pleased to renew our agreement with Alphabet. The tender process demonstrated to us that they offered the best mix of services and continuous improvement to match our needs and to go on delivering long term value.

“At the moment we are setting our fleet strategy for the next few years and we feel that Alphabet is doing more than others in this area. Their consulting team works with us to move the fleet forward and identify areas for greater efficiency, often in areas that we had not looked at before.”

Among the changes introduced by Barloworld in conjunction with Alphabet during the last seven years was a move from choice lists based on rental costs to lists based on whole life costs.

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