Andy Littlewood started up Go2Day Ltd with a rented long-wheel base transit van in 2005 in Merseyside after he came to a career crossroads – and he has never looked back.
Today the time-served glazier who rose to become the head of modular build for a company that specialised in factory built homes which could be erected in days runs a thriving transport business.
Go2Day Ltd has a fleet of three 3.5 tonne curtain-siders with tail lifts and assists with the running of the eight-vehicle fleet for Ecosystems, an expanding computer recycling company.
The business is all in the family – Andy is Managing Director and major shareholder, brother Tim is a Director and shareholder, while third brother Chris owns Ecosystems.
Andy uses Courier Exchange to find sub-contractors to carry out runs when his own fleet of curtainsiders – which specialises in moving large volumes of cardboard packaging – is already booked.
“We have a strange mix – we do a lot of subcontracting work for other transport companies and we look for subcontractors ourselves.
“We have quite large growth plans but we have no plans to increase the number of vehicles we own – our growth plan is all geared around sub-contracting, and the Exchange is a vital tool to enable us to cover work anytime. ” he said. “Courier Exchange has allowed us to grow and to continue to grow.”
The service has been made even better with the new Courier Exchange Mobile App, which shows exactly where Exchange members’ drivers are and where they are heading, in real time, allowing work to be offered and accepted at very short notice.
“The new Mobile App has been a fantastic help: instead of ringing around people the first thing I do now is look at the Live Availability Map and if we are really lucky one or our regulars will be close to us and we will give him the job.
“We are also picking up a lot more work for our vehicles. It does however need drivers to remember to make sure they show themselves as available and equally to change their status when they become unavailable.”
The new App gives him the confidence to accept smaller jobs, secure in the knowledge that if a larger job comes up he can juggle priorities by using Courier Exchange’s Mobile App to find a sub-contractor at short notice to carry out the smaller job, who is already in the right location to pick up.
The fact that Courier Exchange vets its members is very important to him.
“If you are delivering a ‘line-stopper’ consignment to an automotive company, for example, you don’t want to sub-contract that job out to someone unknown. If you hold up a production line for even three or four minutes, it’s your reputation that’s on the line.”
Go2Day has recently taken the decision to integrate the TomTom Telematics WEBFLEET system, used by all of its 3.5-tonne curtain side and tail lift vans, with Courier Exchange to access live vehicle data via the freight trading platform. “We recognise the benefits of both TomTom Telematics WEBFLEET and Courier Exchange, so it made sense to make the most real-time tracking data to help make the most of our vehicles,” explains Andy Littlewood. “We now possess complete visibility of our vehicles through the exchange in terms of location, status and availability, which will help increase completed jobs and boost revenue.”