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  • Did Christmas delivery problems drive you up the wall?

    Now the dust has settled, there’s time to sit down and assess how well your Christmas deliveries went for you.

    Did you have nightmares or no worries at all?

    We often receive calls from people at this time of year to say they never want to experience another December like the last one – full of problem deliveries, missed deadlines, lost consignments and late collections from their regular courier.

    So here’s the thing; why not trial another courier to see whether you can receive a better service? Put us to the test at Courier Direct, we’d be pleased to step up to the challenge for you.

    During January, we are offering 10% off your first 5 deliveries if you open an account with us. We offer a dedicated same day service across the...

  • Time sensitive and important deliveries

    It might seem extravagant to hire a van to deliver a document or envelope but sometimes needs must. Actually we’re called upon to run very small items like these to their destinations more often than you might think.

    And to lighten the load (pardon the pun!), we offer fully tracked vehicles driven by CRB checked trained drivers so we can offer you peace of mind and reliability.

    Financial documents, passports, contracts, court papers, and certificates are all entrusted to us for same day delivery on a dedicated vehicle. And because we’re in touch with our drivers, we can give you up to date details on where we are, ETA’s and keep you informed should any road conditions delay our progress,

    We work with accountants, law firms and the probation...

  • There’s a lot more to logistics than a man with a van!

    You’ve seen the advert - Man with van! – what more could you want?

    Well, if your consignments mean something to you, if your deadlines need to be respected, and if you’re keen to ensure your drivers aren’t breaking the law when on your business, it’s worth using the services of a well respected, reputable provider.

    Take a look at some of the considerations – all of which we have covered here at Courier Direct:

    Our vehicles are

    • Safe and suitable for the roads
    • Regularly serviced up to date models
    • Fuel efficient for more cost effective journeys
    • Clean, professional and liveried
    • Have tracking to monitor progress and delivery times

    Our...

  • It’s a long road ahead…

    Well, it’s finally arrived, the PM has triggered article 50 and we’re on our way out of the EU. Whether you’re happy or horrified, the reality is nothing is going to change soon.

    And that includes the service you’ll receive from Courier Direct. We’ll still be here taking a keen interest in the timeliness and security of your deliveries, no matter what.

    In fact right now we are delivering more goods into Europe on dedicated couriers than we have in a while, so it’s not all bad news for the UK.

    We’ve been transporting lots of print too this month, it’s seems it’s the season for special promotions, shows and exhibitions. If you’d rather your driver not get caught up in the queues to deliver...

  • Flexibility, versatility, compatibility – qualities of a courier partner you can trust!

    We’re not exactly kicking back here and enjoying the sunshine as July rolls on into August. We’ve been called upon to travel the lengths and breadths of the UK and beyond on missions to help our customers deliver for their customers.

    It’s always a pleasure, and no more so that at this time of year when the countryside is at its best.

    So, just a few words this month about our approach to providing you with the best possible service you can expect from a courier company – well, 3 in fact:

    Flexibility: We’ve never had as large a fleet as we have right now. From nifty little Vivaros for nipping around town, to our reliable sprinter transits, perfect for print, POS materials, engineering parts, steel, building materials,...

  • The versatility of a sameday courier

    No two days are the same here at Courier Direct. We’re often required to move the weird and wonderful for an eclectic mix of clients. And we don’t just move goods within the UK, we take trips over to Europe too, regularly, and across the sea to Ireland and the Isle of Man.

    Come rain, shine, hail or high water, our dedicated vans of all shapes and sizes are on a mission to deliver whatever our customers request, to any destination of their choice.

    Here’s a selection of the more weird and wonderful consignments we’ve been asked to deliver:

    Ed’s Stone – do you remember at the height of the general election campaign...

  • When a Sameday courier service makes sense

    To some people, choosing to use a sameday courier may seem like a luxury – after all you’re paying for a dedicated vehicle. It’s a bit like comparing using a taxi to taking the bus.

    But there are lots of reasons why a sameday courier service makes sense and these include:

    Large parcel – Costs for sending parcels are often directly related to their size and weight. You may find that an oversized parcel is indeed cheaper to send on a sameday courier. And if your goods are on pallets, it’s possible that a sameday service is cheaper than an overnight one. It’s worth asking.

    Precious...

  • Where would we be without technology?

    It’s not that long ago when we were using handwritten dockets and checklists to schedule our workload. I remember back in the 1990s writing out delivery instructions for the daily influx of parcels that passed through our depot.

    The phone would be ringing off the hook with customers wishing to place orders or requesting PODs, and life in the office was generally mayhem! Organised mayhem of course!

    As mobile phones were very expensive still, we used in cab radios, difficult to hear due to interference, and less convenient for the drivers to use.

    Things have moved on a lot since then and a lot of the arduous manual tasks are a thing of the past. Thank goodness! I wonder now how we coped and managed to get every parcel...

  • Which party is the transport industry's best friend?

    A recent report by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) stated the Tories are ‘miles ahead in industry poll’.

    More than half – 57.7% chose the Conservatives. Labour accounted for just 8.2% and the Lib Dems just 0.8%.

    These were the results of an exit poll taken at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April.

    Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the RHA comments, “these results are no revelation, under the last Government, the industry benefitted from a sustained fuel duty freeze”. He went on to say that other political parties see fuel duty as a cash cow, and voters are concerned that this will happen again.

  • Winter vehicle checks - make sure you're ready

    Regular vehicle safety checks our part of daily life here at Courier Direct, but we’re often appalled by the lack of preparation for winter conditions we witness when out on the roads.

    So, here are some tips to keep you safe, secure and arriving on time, wherever your journey takes you:

    Check the following:

    • Your anti-freeze levels
    • Tyre depth and pressure – at least 3mm of tread is recommended
    • Battery life – a local garage can check this for you
    • Windscreen wiper blades for signs of splits or damage
    • Windscreen wash – top up if necessary
    • Are all your light bulbs working, and clean so they can be seen?
    • Fuel levels – never...

  • Fragile items delivered safe and sound

    We’re often asked to move fragile items – from freshly baked celebration cakes to elegant sculptures, hand made furniture and glass.

    So, how best to keep them in tip top condition throughout their journey?

    With the best will in the world, and our most careful drivers, you can’t underestimate the risk involved in moving fragile items. It’s best to be over cautious to be absolutely sure your goods will arrive intact.

    So here are our tips for the ultimate protection of packages on our dedicated same day courier service:

    • Invest in proper protective packing material...

  • White Van Man - menace or misunderstood?

    According to Wikipedia, "White Van Man" is a stereotype found in the United Kingdom driving smaller-sized commercial vans; perceived as selfish, inconsiderate, mostly working class and aggressive.

    But is that a fair assessment of hard working delivery drivers on a mission to deliver goods and services for the millions of businesses that need their attentive service day in day out, and overnight too?

    Now you may say, as an employer of white van men, we’re a bit biased. But it’s never a pretty site to see the amount of bad press out there, almost on a daily basis – is it really with foundation?

    So, we’re here to redress the balance a...

  • What's in a name?

    Your company name – it says a lot about you – or at least it ought to.

    And we were just talking in the office this week about some of the names of our clients, and how they came about.

    And then we started to talk about more famous names – like Virgin, Revolver and Chemical Records – they have an edge to them that we quite like.

    Then there are other companies choosing names that can’t be pronounced, or are often misheard over the phone – how much time is spent by staff just spelling their company name each time they talk to someone?

    Of course we all want to be different, to stand out from the crowd and have a name that no one else thought of. But...

  • Thinking of employing your own driver?

    It’s tempting to employ your own driver when your business involves making regular deliveries. It keeps control of costs and delivery schedules.

    But is this the best option?

    Add together the cost of recruitment, salary and holiday cover plus buying the vehicle, keeping it on the road and the insurance, and it does in fact soon mount up.

    And what do you do when the van is in for a service? Or even worse, involved in a bump and it’s off the road for a while – you still have to pay for your driver, and maybe the cost of a hire vehicle on top.

    But you’ll have your own van on the road – with your livery, advertising your company wherever it goes....