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” Andy said.
The service has been made even better with the new Courier Exchange Mobile App, which shows exactlywhere Exchange members’ drivers are and where they are heading, in real time, allowing work to be offered and accepted at very short notice.
Courier Exchange has allowed us to grow and continue to grow. 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.
“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.”
Join over 6,000 member businesses across the UK and Europe.
Find the plan that works for you
Terry Price had spent years of his life working in the transport sector, but he wanted more from his career. As soon as he was introduced to the Courier Exchange network, things changed for the better and his business began to blossom.Read story
Logistics is Vincent’s passion – and the CX app is helping him do what he loves most in the world (not to mention find the most fulfilling and interesting work). He can get his goods to their destination and find his next job quick as a wink… perfect for the man who owns Jet Speed!Read story
In addition to its head office in Glasgow, Monarch Transport has branches in Nottingham and southern Spain, where it has access to large fleets ranging from 3.5 tonne vans to 44-tonne articulated lorries. But as a freight forwarder, it’s not access to large fleets that separates it from others. Instead it’s being able to call...Read story
Talk to us! On the phone, online or in person…we’re here to help
CX Fleet 3.0 is out now - a powerful app for remote fleet management.
Tap into peak efficiency today!Watch CX fleet in action