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  • Print deliveries made easy

    Print is precious - we understand that - it's taken a lot of hard work, graft and money to create it. All you need is it to be delivered in one piece, safe and sound, dry, intact and on time - right?

    We've been moving print since we started in business, and that's over 20 years ago now. We know that quite often, as soon as the last box is sealed, you want it on its way to the customer, without delay. That's why we're happy to be there for you, on demand, providing a fast and efficient print delivery service that's on a dedicated, well maintained sameday vehicle.

    We've enjoyed long standing partnerships with print firms in Bristol, Bath, and the South West, and would be happy to let you talk to them if you need to check us out for real, just...

  • In times of uncertainty – why take risks?

    Let’s face it, we’re facing times of uncertainty, perhaps more so than any other in recent history. What with shock referendum and presidential election results, a new prime minister, earthquakes and currency crashes, is there anything we can be sure of any more?

    Let’s take a breath. So, we’re not exactly sure how business will fare in the coming months as we get closer to the reality of Brexit. Caution may well spread throughout commerce and industry, which means we should all do what we can to be prepared.

    One way is to take a look at overheads. Right now, we’re providing permanent driver cover on a part-time and full-time basis, for some of our customers. It saves them the cost of employing a driver (pensions auto enrolment, holiday pay,...

  • 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,...

  • What would success for the Brexit leave campaign mean for your business if you send goods abroad?

    Whether you export goods on a grand scale, or send a transit or two full of goods to the EU a year, you’ll no doubt be watching the great British Brexit debate with interest.

    What strikes us here is the lack of detail surrounding the practical impact a vote to leave might have. We’re not writing this article to persuade you to vote in any particular way, more to discuss the affect it may have on the way you may need to change your delivery arrangements, should the leave campaign be successful.

    If we do leave the EU, the open borders and free movement of people and goods will come to an end. And that means that we’ll revert to the old system of presenting additional papers...

  • 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...

  • 2016 budget – how was it for you?

    There’s been much controversy over George Osborne’s budget last week. And while the debate rumbles on over the fairness of cuts to disability benefits, with talk now of a U-turn in this policy, we’ve taken a look at some of the measures to see how they impact the courier business.

    First of all we welcome the fuel duty freeze for 2016-17. We were worried that low oil prices and cuts to prices at the petrol pumps would give George Osborne a window of opportunity to increase fuel duty. Any such rise has a direct impact on the costs of our operations, so this freeze enables us to keep offering competitive prices to our customers, so they can keep control of their costs too. Good news...

  • 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...

  • Increasing number of road users on Great Britain’s roads

    The latest statistics issued by the Government state that the number of licensed vehicles on Great Britain’s roads reached 36.5 million, up 1.4% in the year to September 2015.

    New registrations for July – September 2015 have increased by 8% since the same period in 2014.

    With road usage on the rise, can our existing infrastructure cope? And is the answer simply to build more roads?

     

    There’s no doubt that traffic congestion takes its toll on the quality of life, affecting the environment, personal wellbeing and fuel economy as well as adding to the pressures of businesses that use the roads for transportation...

  • What's at the root of low oil prices?

    We’ve all been enjoying lower prices at the pumps – since Summer 2014 in fact, but why has the price of petrol come down when historically they have only ever gone up?

    Well, we’re in the middle of an oil price war – between the US and the Opec countries – made up mainly of the Middle East countries including Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

    The US has hit upon vast reserves of shale oil, enabling it to increase production of oil over the last 7 years and become virtually self sufficient in energy production. However, the Opec countries have risen to the challenge, increasing production too, to drive down prices and cut...

  • 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.

  • General Election - which party has the best transport policies?

    With May 7th looming ever closer, have you given much thought to which party you will be voting for, and what their policies will be?

    We thought we’d take a closer look at the transport policies, to see if and how they might affect the courier business, the transport industry, and of course all of us. It makes for interesting reading.

    For example, did you know that if UKIP managed to come to power they would scrap HS2, public toll roads and require foreign vehicles to purchase a Britdisc before entry into the UK?

    The revenue from Britdiscs will be used to contribute to the upkeep of the UK’s...

  • 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...

  • Why can't Bristol have trams?

    Manchester has them, Nottingham has them and Birmingham has got in on the act too, so why can’t Bristol have trams?

    It seems like we’re the poor relation when it comes to transport systems, and whilst other cities press ahead with slick, attractive trams for mass movement of their citizens Bristol is being left behind.

    People like them, they prefer them to buses, because they’re cleaner, more reliable, and they simply appeal to the modern commuter.

    But scouring recent reports online, there’s a lot of discussion about missed opportunities, having to cross council boundaries, and basically too much procrastination by the...

  • 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...

  • What cost insurance fraud?

    It's great to see the Government tackling insurance fraud at last.

    They’ve put a cap on the fees that medical professionals can charge for an initial whiplash report. Current prices can be anything up to £700 per report, giving doctors a nice little sum for their trouble.

    From October onwards, they’ll be limited to just £180 per report, which may well help them think harder before encouraging crash victims to seek compensation.

    And that’s good news. Because right now, all our insurance bills are inflated by an average £90 per year to pay for insurance fraud in the motor industry.

    And the ‘no win no fee’ deals aren’t so attractive for lawyers either. They’ll no longer be able to double...

  • 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....

  • Why partner with a South West courier

    Bristol – a booming city at the heart of the South West. And situated at the intersection between the M5 north to south, and the M4 East to West - it’s the perfect location for a courier partner in the South West.

    • Keep your own drivers in your area
    • Use couriers who know the local roads, short cuts, and how to avoid the jams
    • Save money with back load rates
    • Quicker deliveries for more remote locations
    • Faster response times for collections in the South West
    • Regular shuttle runs to South Wales and major towns in Cornwall and Devon

    Have we convinced you yet that this all makes perfect sense?

    Of course, you need a partner you can trust, and that involves...