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126. Gridserve Glory: Changing the Face of EV Charging
April 09, 2019


How green is your courier work? If you’ve already switched to an EV (electric vehicle) good for you! If you haven’t, you’re probably at least considering it – or thinking that one day soon you’re really going to have to start considering it…You’ve also probably heard concerns about the lack of infrastructure in place for EVs, in terms of recharging stations, but it’s heartening to see that there’s finally some very positive news. Soon, topping up an EV might be nearly as easy and convenient as filling up your tank with petrol. Gridserve: Global Energy on a Mission With the announce... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

127. The Industry Knock-on Effects of Rising Fuel Costs
April 09, 2019


Courier drivers face many problems, but the rising cost of fuel is a recurring issue causing knock-on effects year after year. Due to the ever-increasing prices, some delivery companies are forced to make drastic changes, resulting in drivers being out of jobs and slower advancements when it comes to technology and new vehicles. The Statistics With newer, greener vans being manufactured with the environment in mind, courier drivers and fleet operators are being encouraged to upgrade their vehicles. However, for many companies this is just not possible. In March 2019, a study from Fai... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

128. Intralogistics: Are You Prepared to Keep Up With the Future?
April 09, 2019


Things are always changing in the delivery industry, and it’s important for courier companies to be on the lookout for developments in order to keep their business moving with the future. For companies to keep on top of the ever-growing consumer demand for quicker, more reliable deliveries, they need to prioritise intralogistics – managing communications from the sources of the products through to the delivery itself (and everything in between). The Importance of Intralogistics Intralogistics are an important part of the delivery industry, since logistics managers need stronger... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

129. Diecast Models and Racing
April 05, 2019


If you are a race car fanatic, then you probably know a lot about V8 supercars and the races they participate in. Memorising names, car statistics, histories of drivers, and supercar strengths and weaknesses are all part of the fun. Plus, you get to bring a statistical side with you as you sit on the edge of your seat, watching the cars speed around the track and jockey for position. Seeing your favourite driver or car beat the odds or get beaten by them can be an emotional experience, and one of the ways to remember that historical race is to get a souvenir from it. If you can’t go to th... (read more)

Author: Edmund Brunetti

130. Different Types of Ute Storage
April 05, 2019


If you have a ute, chances are you have things that you like to store in it. However, it can be very difficult to cram fishing gear, work stuff, camping supplies, and tools all in the back of a ute without something either getting lost, damaged, or stolen. A ute storage system can help with that, with many companies able to fit your ute with 4wd storage drawers. The drawers typically hold 150 kilograms each and can be fitted to work with the space your ute has easily. There are many 4wd drawer systems that can serve your needs as a working tradie and a camping lover, so let’s see wh... (read more)

Author: Edmund Brunetti

131. Say Goodbye to Unforeseen Maintenance Problems with These Top Tips
April 05, 2019


If you’re in the business of courier work, then one thing is certain: your vehicles are your livelihood. You want to take care of them as best as humanly possible. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: prevention is the best cure, and the best way to prevent unforeseen maintenance problems? Keep on top of things by knowing what to look out for and how to best look out for it. Here are some of my top tips to reduce and manage unexpected upkeep issues. Maintain a Maintenance Schedule Routine Supposedly it takes about a month to form a habit – and if you’re in the courier work... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

132. How DAVIS Can Help You Out with Your Grey Fleet
April 05, 2019


courier jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Numerous transport exchange businesses are networked together on their website, trading jobs and capacity through what is now the fastest growing Freight Exchange in the UK. ">Ever wondered what a grey fleet is? If you’re an owner driver or manager, there’s a chance you may already know (or even be a part of one!), even if you weren’t aware there was a name for it. The terminology refers to companies with employees who are using vehicles not owned by the business. They can either be purchased via said company as an incentive for staff, re... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

133. Safe and Sound: How to Up Your Courier Van Security
April 05, 2019


If you are a man (or woman) with a courier van, you want to be a man (or woman) with a plan – a security plan, that is. There’s nothing worse than falling victim to a criminal breaking into, damaging and/or stealing from your vehicle, especially if you are an owner driver whose business relies on this particular mode of transportation. Instead of backtracking to solve issues once they have arisen, nip them in the bud with these simple tips and tricks. After all, prevention is better than a cure. Lock Up Okay, okay, this first one may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how easy ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

134. How Online Shopping is Changing the Courier Industry
April 05, 2019


With the world’s obsession for letting our fingers do the walking – aka online shopping – those of us who do courier jobs for a living are reaping the benefits. Even despite the advent of automated drone deliveries from retail giants like Amazon, the humble white van man’s job is not only safe, but booming. So, just how has the rise of Internet shopping changed the delivery industry? Thought Provoking Statistics Who doesn’t love a good stat to back an argument? Just in case you’re in any doubt, here’s what we know. • In the past decade, the number of vans on the road has incr... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

135. How London's Ultra Low Emission Zone Could Affect Your Business
April 05, 2019


There couldn’t (or shouldn’t) be a delivery business in the UK that doesn’t know about the impending implications of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). How it affects operators will depend on a range of factors, including the size of their fleet and, of course, how often they travel in and out of London. But the fact remains that it will affect anyone working within the wider UK courier network, directly or indirectly, and the FTA (Freight Transport Association) has voiced concerns that some operators may be hit hard. What Does it Mean for Businesses? To distil it down to a se... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

136. You Can Now Find Electric Vehicle Charging Points on Google Maps
April 05, 2019


While it is quite environmentally friendly to use an electric vehicle (EV) for courier work, there are some practical challenges. One of them is trying not to run out of power during the day, which could become a hassle and leave the consignment stranded somewhere. However, in good news for those who make a living from courier work, recharging the vehicle will not be so much of a problem anymore. Google Maps now also features Electric Vehicle Charging points, so a driver will not have to rely on memory to plan feasible driving routes. Andrew Foster, group product manager for Google Maps, ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

137. The Possible Reality of Self-Parking Vehicles in 2021
April 05, 2019


If you work in the delivery industry you no doubt spend a lot of your day getting in and out of your vehicle. Imagine a world, though, in which you don’t have to panic about parallel parking in a really tight spot because your vehicle smoothly parks itself in a bay. Imagine how much faster and less stressful it would be to get all your courier loads delivered! You wouldn’t have to waste any time trying to manoeuvre your van, which means you’d always make it on time to get the packages where they have to go. Sound too good to be true? Well, believe it or not, this might actually be a real... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

138. On Guard on the Road: Security Extras for your Courier Van
April 05, 2019


While it’s important for all drivers, security is crucial for anyone doing courier work. Your vehicle is your livelihood, so replacing or repairing it can affect your earnings severely. Worse than this, thieves can steal or damage the goods you’re transporting, leaving you to make financial amends with your clients. According to London Car Locksmith, a van is broken into in the UK every 90 seconds, and delivery drivers are among the most targeted groups. Luckily, there are many products on the market to help keep your vehicle secure. Standard tips like locking up, keeping valuables... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

139. Why Now is the Time to Invest in a New Courier Van
April 05, 2019


Every courier driver knows how important it is to make the right choice when buying a new vehicle. It’s usually the biggest expense of your business, and it’s also where you’ll be spending a lot of your time until your next upgrade. On top of this, factors outside your control can make it more urgent to move on from your old van. New regulations stand to increase costs significantly, but switching could help you save - both by avoiding extra charges and by benefiting from better fuel efficiency. Improved Emissions Better fuel efficiency means lower operational costs, while a ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

140. Wise Buys: 5 of the UK's Top Vans for 2019
April 05, 2019


When you’re making a living doing delivery work, it’s important to have the right equipment – and no piece of equipment is more important than your vehicle. On top of this, for most couriers their van is by far their biggest single expense. It’s crucial that you make an informed decision, then. Luckily, we’re here to help you out with this handy guide to five of the best new offerings for 2019. New Ford Transit Custom Key stats: • Cost: from £21,000 • Max. payload: 1,450kg • Length: 5.3m A true classic in the world of delivery work, the Transit is finally getting... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

141. Customer Survey Reveals Interesting Figures about Technology Solutions
April 05, 2019


There have been two significant findings from Paragon Software Systems’ annual UK customer survey. The first: integrated technology systems are being used ever more frequently in the courier industry to overcome various business pressures. The second: the transport sector is still struggling to recruit new drivers, and the skill shortage is now the biggest challenge that the industry is facing. A Growing Concern Delivery businesses have been struggling to recruit for the last three years. Statistics from the survey show that since 2017, there has been a significant 62% increase in r... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

142. Debunking Driving Myths: Laws Every Courier Should Know
April 05, 2019


If you’re someone who works in the courier industry, you’re probably out driving a lot – which means it’s likely you know the lay of the land and the laws of the road like the back of your hand. However, no matter how familiar you are with something, a little revision never hurt anyone. That’s why we’re here to give you a refresher course on what you can and cannot do behind the wheel. There are a lot of driving myths out there, so many so that it can be tough to distinguish road fact from road fiction… what’s a courier to do? We’ll tell you: read on so you can get the lowdown and stay sa... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

143. 2022: The Year Vehicles Become That Much Safer
April 04, 2019


After a provisional agreement reached in March 2019 by the EU Parliament’s ICMO (Internal Market and Consumer Protection), mandatory safety systems will become standard in all new cars rolling off the production lines. While so far the legislation to be enacted in 2022 only applies to cars, it’s likely that before too long we’ll be seeing the same rules applying to the vans we use for courier jobs as well as HGVs. If and when this does happen, there will of course be ramifications for the delivery industry, but first and foremost we should all be celebrating the potential for huge improv... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

144. Transforming London: The Freight and Servicing Action Plan
March 20, 2019


Anyone who’s ever done delivery work knows how high the pressure can be in the transport sector. Alongside concerns at profit, safety and performance, there are ever more urgent environmental issues and political considerations. It can be a delicate balance keeping the economy moving, the haulage industry protected and our environments clean – especially in big cities. Still, UK cities aren’t shrinking from these challenges, and London is leading the way with its ambitious new Freight and Servicing Action Plan. Read on to find out more. Ambitious Aims The new plan seeks nothi... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

145. Smart Parking in the UK: Book and Pay Secure Parking is Here
March 20, 2019


There are few things worse for truck drivers than pulling into a perfectly planned and timed rest stop only to find that there aren’t any spaces to park. Suddenly you go from feeling ready to relax to highly stressed as you try and decide whether to wait or push on to the next stopping point. Even worse, finding an alternative place to refuel and rest can mean taking an unplanned detour, adding time and extra miles to your journey. Luckily, companies are working on ways to avoid this issue. Read on to learn about the arrival of new book and pay technology to UK stores, and what it could ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

146. Will Speed Limiters Soon be Mandatory in the UK?
March 20, 2019


Those who work in the haulage industry know better than most how much of a problem speeding can be. It’s very rare you can be on the road day-in and day-out and avoid seeing the dangers of going too fast, with life-threatening collisions sadly all too common. Limits help, of course, and they’re high enough on most major roads that few drivers will ever seriously need exceed them. However, these limits only work if they’re enforced, and throwing money and personnel at the problem in the form of speeding cameras and police officers may not be the best way to go. Instead, many in the ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

147. An Invaluable Resource: The FTA Guide to Road Transport Law
March 20, 2019


It’s incredibly important to keep up with and understand the latest regulations and legislation in the haulage industry. But legal changes can be so frequent and precise that it’s hard to wrap your head around all of them. A lot of legislation is also quite complicated to read, with many obtuse or irrelevant passages. Luckily, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) understands these concerns. The latest edition of its official guide, the Yearbook of Road Transport Law, is now available. Read on to find out why no logistics manager or business owner should be without this valuable and co... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

148. Time to Gear Up: The 2019 Motor Transport Awards
March 20, 2019


After the Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammys, Emmys, Brits, BAFTAs and more, you might be a little bit sick of hearing about awards shows. But there’s at least one more later in the year that haulage drivers should be interested in. Read on to learn more about this year’s biggest event in the hauliers’ calendar: the 33rd annual Motor Transport Awards (MTAs). The Motor Transport Awards Judged by a top team of professionals, the Motor Transport Awards set out ‘to celebrate, recognise and reward excellence in the road freight transport industry’. They’ve been honouring haulage driver... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

149. Looking for Leadership: Is a London Freight Commissioner on the Way?
March 20, 2019


Perhaps even more than other sectors of the economy, the haulage industry is always under pressure to innovate. Intense competition means firms can fall behind quickly, while environmental concerns and frequently updated regulations create new incentives at every level, from managers and manufacturers to drivers. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that organisations within the sector are keen to take a more active role in helping implement policy – and to make public bodies sit up and take notice. Read on to learn more about calls for a new freight commissioner for London and how it could... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

150. How Soon Can Your Car Window Decals Get Exposed to Water Contact
March 20, 2019


LAST UPDATED ON: July 25, 2019 Without knowing if it is going to rain or what, you just installed your car window decals on. And then suddenly there is a change in weather conditions and it is about to rain. Should you be worried about the newly stuck window decals? Is there a right timing as to when you should get those decals in contact with water or the like? I often get these types of questions and I actually find them fascinating. What the Car Window Decal is made of So, first thing, let us check out the materials that compose this decal item. In most cases, for outdoor ... (read more)

Author: Barry Brown



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