When bosses at Quickshift Transport decided to join Courier Exchange over nine years ago they knew it would help them increase efficiency and improve profit margins – they just didn’t realise how much.
With over 25 years behind them, the same day delivery company is a proud member of the Exchange, the world’s largest trading hub for the same day and express freight industry.
Glyn Hawkins, Transport Manager for the firm based in Littleborough, Lancashire, said: “Courier Exchange has proved to be a very good tool for us, not just providing us with work but the ability to expand our business and get loads outside of our capacity.”
“For instance, we used to deal with hazardous chemical deliveries but it got to the point where we weren’t getting enough work to make it worthwhile keeping our drivers’ training up-to-date.
“But with Courier Exchange, we can always find capacity and sub-contract any jobs that come our way to appropriate and qualified drivers.”
Quickshift is a truly versatile logistics company. While a lot of their work involves delivering plastics and composites for specific industries, they can ultimately deliver anything at any time.
Established by Managing Director David Malcolm 29 years ago, the firm boasts a fleet of vehicles ranging from small vans up to 7.5 tonne trucks and employs a number of drivers and three office staff.
Courier Exchange has proved to be a very good tool for us, not just providing us with work but the ability to expand our business and get loads outside of our capacity.
Glyn said: “Years ago most of our work revolved around the textile trade but things have moved on and the textile industry has declined.
“Over the years we have shifted just about everything, you name it we will deliver it.”
Quickshift’s experience and varied fleet marries perfectly with Courier Exchange, an online real-time network which allows its 5,400 plus members to trade loads and journeys while sourcing available or part-filled vehicles returning to base.
Glyn can quickly search for capacity if there is a job Quickshift drivers cannot complete or reduce dead mileage when drivers need backloads.
“Courier Exchange has been a brilliant tool for us,” said Glyn. “It has really helped us cut down on the number of empty vehicles on the road.”
“Obviously this wasn’t great for us and it wasn’t great for the environment either as it was wasted mileage.”