In just three years since Darren left his management role in The Post Office Ltd to launch DBC, he has built up a strong network of contacts and a level of business to keep his new Vauxhall Combo busy every day.
Courier Exchange has been at the heart of his success. However, Darren has no ambition to build up a bigger courier business “I do not report to anybody and I can choose when and what to do.”
But it is Courier Exchange’s Mobile App, designed specifically for the owner-driver Darren sees as a ‘must use’ business tool. It frees him from an office base sends notifications directly to his mobile phone in real-time.
He can pick up backloads and manage the whole of his business’ back office administration while away from base.
Darren uses Courier Exchange for most of his business with outward journeys (hotshots) helping him get on the road and the backload facility (return journeys) earning him a living. The Mobile App helps Darren maximise his earning potential and optimise his working day.
A membership with Courier Exchange is a must for owner drivers, says Darren. It is better than most freight exchanges I’ve used in the past, and I’ve tried many! It has some excellent features and provides good interaction between members”. Darren is also impressed by the support the CX team provide particularly those who understand how a courier business really works. “Owner Drivers are an essential part of the Exchange and we are delighted that Darren has used the benefits of Courier Exchange launched almost 18 years ago”, commented Lyall Cresswell, managing director of Transport Exchange Group, owner of leading exchanges, Courier Exchange and Haulage Exchange. “We are seeing a rapid growth in membership as the benefits of being in a Freight Exchange become more apparent in the UK as pressure on rates increases the need to have higher utilisation of vehicles and escalating environmental issues are making operators of all sizes reassess their businesses”.