We see that independent parcel carrier Yodel are offering courier jobs available in the Dartford area for the run up to Christmas. There are just short of 150 jobs going including directly employed drivers, owner drivers and self-employed couriers
They are offering staff the chance to work from home in their own car, delivering and picking up parcels from the local area. London same day couriers are always in demand at this time of year so this is nothing new but is welcome news for those seeking extra income.
The first ever helicopter courier service in London is now in service, delivering urgent documents from across the Atlantic to the city’s vast number of banks in as little as 24 hours.
The DHL Express service flies daily from Heathrow into the Isle of Dogs. This essentially bypasses the traffic and is said to cut the journey time into Canary Wharf and then the City of London by as much as one hour, where London same day couriers then complete the job by road.
This service must be highly popular and can only help businesses in the capital where time is of the essence.
With more and more businesses using parcel couriers in London, there is of course an increase in the number of courier companies in London offering their services.
Knowing which company to use can be a bit of a lottery.
Many opt for using the overnight carriers as they are a far a cheaper option but it is not without its pitfalls.
There have been many horror stories of consignments being damaged or even going missing. The goods are transfered from vehicle to depot. Then loaded onto a trunk vehicle and delivered to a hub where all the shipments are sorted then loaded back on another trunk to another depot, then sorted again and onto a local vehicle. All this handling and loading increases the chances of damage and loss.
Tracking has of course helped reduce the latter but if your goods are either highly valuable or very fragile then you should think seriously about using a dedicated courier.
This is where the sameday courier service comes into its own.
Not only is it the fastest method of getting your goods delivered, it is also the most secure, with the same driver staying with your goods throughout the journey.
Many companies are now sending their goods using reliable sameday couriers between London and Manchester
These journeys are not cheap but many customers know the benefits, and when they are sending such things as hard drives, laptops and even passports, it is important to them that they are delivered both promptly and safely.
With the news that the economy is improving, many companies will be looking to get their goods delivered on a more urgent basis.
Royal Mail mail deliveries have been in decline for some time with less letters being sent. This could be down to the increased use of email etc.
On the other hand Royal Mail parcel deliveries have been on the up giving them an increase for the same period as last year for the six months up to September from £12m to £144m.
How this affects the sameday courier business is anyones guess. Whilst there will always be a need for Same Day Couriers in London many companies that are feeling the pinch may opt for a next day delivery if their customer can wait until the following morning.
Business on the whole seems to be surviving at the moment. This is not the case for some of our neighbours in Europe. In Spain things are looking very grim at the moment with many businesses really struggling. Our goverment says they are doing everything they can to get business moving. We can only hope that the situation there doesn’t end up the same here.
It’s that time of year when our London Sameday Couriers start to get extremely busy. The traditional Christmas rush seems to be late in starting this year but we know it’s only a matter of time.
Sameday deliveries from London to Manchester seem to be as busy as usual with many companies actually showing an increase in business, but in other parts of the country it seems much quieter.
The government says we are our of recession, so who are we to argue. The proof surely will be in whether stores will be busier than this time last year.