Boots UK

68 6.5-tonne double deck scissor lifts to service Boots UK’s fleet of 240 fixed double deck trailers across all UK and Eire DC’s


  • Goal/s: 100% fixed double deck trunking, move to cross-dock model
  • Product/s: 5-Pallet double deck scissor lifts
  • Vehicle/s: Fixed double deck artics
  • Load Capacity: 16 tote stacks (6-pallet footprint)
  • SWL: 6500kg
  • Added Work/s: Site surveys, warehouse modifications, relocations
  • Install Time: 1.5 days per lift
  • Result/s: Double decking on all trunking routes, saving 14m miles p.a.

The Client

Boots is the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, with over 2,500 stores in the UK. The company, which is part of the Walgreens Boots Alliance group, operates an extensive logistics network, with over 8,500 deliveries to stores per week. It employs over 54,000 colleagues throughout the UK.

The Project

In order to convert its entire trunking fleet to fixed double deck trailers, Boots asked Transdek to site survey every DC across the UK and Ireland. A total of 68 double deck scissor lifts were installed over a 3-year period. Transdek also engineered bespoke warehouse modifications to ensure vehicle accessibility and efficient loading at each site.

The Results

Boots has converted all of its trunking trailers to fixed double deckers, saving a total of 14m road miles p.a. Its first 110 trailers saved 3.1m miles and 4.7m kg of CO2 a year, helping Boots to meet its CSR objectives. 26 of the modular lifts have since been relocated (in as little as 2 days) in line with Boots’ logistics restructuring strategy.

“No other double deck loading systems in the marketplace addressed all of the issues – until we met Transdek. The company’s understanding, attention to detail and application has been faultless. The delivery and installation of its equipment has been on time, exactly as promised, and the quality of its engineering has been of the highest order.”

Supply Chain Asset Manager at Boots UK