One of the primary concerns of self-employed couriers and transport managers is keeping the flow of courier jobs coming in. Promotion through marketing and networking, membership to a transport exchange platform and word of mouth are the primary ways of finding new work. But being able to say "yes" more often and bid for a wider variety of courier jobs is also a sure way of increasing profits. |
Refrigerated courier jobs have traditionally been a very specialised area of the industry, requiring a heavy investment in the appropriate vehicles. The cost of purchasing such a vehicle is quite often prohibitive for small operators or independent owner-drivers. However, a conversion kit that hit the market in April of 2016 is garnering lots of interest and proving to be an extremely popular alternative.
A Cool Change for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Drivers of Volkswagen Caddy or Crafter commercial vehicles are now able to offer potential clients refrigerated transport (for florist, catering and medical courier jobs, for example) without having to invest in a new vehicle, following the release to market of the custom conversion kit, which fits out those models with refrigerated compartments.
Neat and Complete
Specialist vehicle conversion company, TBC Conversions, uses rigid moulded panels that slot in to the shape of the vehicle's interior, to maximise usable space and effectively turn it into a refrigerated compartment.
The kit comprises a waterproof tray base supporting an interlocking framework, and the panels of the compartment are created from robust pressure-injected polyurethane, which takes on the exact shape of the vehicle. The compartments are available in three temperature ranges to appeal to a broad range of uses, and also include a variety of internal racking systems and shelving options to tailor to particular clients' specifications.
A Successful Collaboration
TBC are leaders in the field of commercial vehicle conversion for both the fleet and private markets. Their collaboration with Volkswagen means they're able to appeal to a wide range of customers, with the Caddy and Crafter models chosen specifically for their length, generous cargo space and flexibility for adaptation.
Along with their considerable expertise, TBC's ability to recognise their clients' requirements means they are now able to offer a bespoke conversion service for two of Volkswagen's most popular commercial models.
Cold Comfort for Couriers
The option to convert an existing vehicle offers a cost effective option for drivers and transport managers to broaden their horizons and move into a diverse range of courier jobs. Some of these include airfreight pick-ups, chilled catering, and freezer, refrigerated and shelf stable food industry supplies. While currently TBC are only creating the conversion kits for Volkswagen, their association with other big-name vehicle manufacturing brands like Mercedes, Peugeot, Renault, Ford and Vauxhall means that other conversions may not be too far away.
Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day courier jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.
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