HRVS IS A PRIVATE CAPITAL DERBYSHIRE-BASED MAN DEALERSHIP WHICH HAS EXPANDED ITS FRANCHISE PORTFOLIO TO STAY COMPETITIVE IN A FAST-CHANGING MARKETPLACE. BOB BEECH REPORTS.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
There has been a considerable amount of consolidation in the dealer networks of almost every truck manufacturer. The bigger dealers have often absorbed neighbours in adjoining territories, or manufacturers have consolidated the entire network and handed more territory to the larger companies. With some networks, many of the dealers have been purchased and are now subsidiary companies, which can be a mixed blessing. In the best instances, it creates an effective operation with first-rate facilities and the resources to invest in new depots throughout the region. Sadly, this can result in a huge organisation with centralised control and complicated lines of command with slow decision making processes and lack of accountability.