There’s not a courier driver on the planet that hasn’t been involved in some kind of chat about the environment and the need for all of us in the industry to “go green”. It’s probably only fair that we’re targeted more than anyone else because let’s face it, our industry does contribute to the emissions problem more than most.
But guess what? While sometimes it all seems a bit hard to do the right thing, there’s actually a way that you can be kind to the environment and save yourself some cash! Which is not something that happens too often…
Reduce, reuse, recycle… retread!
Now that I’ve got your attention, let me turn it to your tyres – usually a word that strikes dread into the hearts and wallets of every courier driver. Because we all know how many we go through and how expensive they are to replace. But whether you’re a lone wolf owner-driver or a manager in charge of a large fleet, retreading instead of replacing is a really effective way of doing your bit for the environment. Oh, and saving yourself some dosh along the way.
Stats don’t lie
Just like Shakira’s hips, the stats don’t lie. Here they come:
Cost vs. quality
Of course, not all tyres are ideal to retread and you’ll find that the low-cost ones fall into that category. It’s a whole different argument (now there’s an idea for the next blog post), but did you know that if you use cheap ‘single life’ tyres on your van you’ll use up to four times the number than if you invest in ‘premium’ branded ones and have them retreaded? Well now you know.
So if you do the sums, a courier driver (or fleet manager) who invests in premium tyres that are designed to be retreaded will not only save money, they will save the environment so much more.
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Well, it appears I may have to eat a small serving of my words this week. Why am I embarrassed, you might ask? Well, if you were paying attention you'll know that last week I published a post about how I was glad owner driver jobs were becoming more popular in order to offer some healthy competition to Royal Mail. I was saying I think it's a lesson for the Post Office not to get smug and to actually update their prices.Read the full article
Amrik Bains, a Coventry-based courier is celebrating having scooped a national industry award that recognises his achievements over the past twelve months. The courier from Stoke in east Coventry won the Owner Driver of the Year category at the Transport Awards 2015.Read the full article
Transport Exchange Group has upgraded the booking chain solution for its leading freight exchanges – Haulage Exchange and Courier Exchange – to provide member businesses with an improved means of managing and updating the status of loads when they carry out work on each other’s behalf. As a result, hauliers, couriers and logistics operators using the UK’s largest and fastest growing freight trading platform are now able to better monitor the complete lifecycle of inter-company transactions by automatically sharing key details with their trading partners in order to save time and money, improve confidence levels as well as boosting operational performance.Read the full article
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I hope everyone is ready for a post full of gushing excitement, because I have some big news! The biggest courier job related event of the year is coming – and old Gertie is attending. I feel like Cinderella!Read the full article
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