December 16, 2019
Mohawk is expanding its fleet of straight trucks to be more responsive to customer needs in the changing marketplace.
The newest trucks were put into use across Mohawk’s delivery network in November. Each one is fully automatic and equipped with a lift gate. Straight trucks, also known as box trucks, are vehicles that are 26 feet in length or less where the cab and body are a single unit, as opposed to a tractor-trailer unit. They are beneficial in areas where there is limited space for maneuvering as well as locations without loading docks.
“Customer requirements are changing rapidly due to rising real estate costs, so many retailers don’t have the storage space they’ve had in the past,” said Dan Flowers, Sr. Vice President of Logistics. “One of the ways we are responding to their needs is by offering different delivery schedules using smaller trucks.”
Mohawk will continue expanding its straight-truck fleet during the next year, placing them at regional and satellite distribution centers across the country, according to business needs.
“For the past two years, our last-mile delivery team has focused on becoming more nimble and reliable,” Mat Witte, Vice President of Delivery Operations, said. This new equipment combined with our dedicated drivers, warehouse associates and routing teams continue to execute at an all-time high, allowing us to make these types of reinvestments in the business and implement exciting initiatives, so we can offer the best delivery service in the industry.”