Over 99.9% of businesses are SMEs with less than 250 employees (UK Government, 2022). For SMEs delivering items to customers across the country, it can be extremely useful to outsource the logistics operations with a local courier. Businesses can rely on courier expertise to save valuable time and costs.
Local same day courier
A local courier
means more than just having a warehouse down the road from your business. It means having a delivery partner who understands local logistical requirements and the unique challenges faced by each business they work with. A wealth of knowledge and experience
enables local couriers to adapt to different requests.
With local knowledge and strategic positions
for specific regions, couriers can reduce transportation times and offer better efficiency to businesses looking to expand their operations and gain a competitive edge in their market.
With shorter transportation routes and delivery times, small and medium sized businesses can save costs on vehicle maintenance, drivers, fuel and more. Simply reach out to your local courier, to adopt a bespoke delivery solution and avoid costs associated with maintaining an in-house fleet. Local delivery providers will often know which routes are best to use for drivers at specific times of the day, enabling a business to save precious costs and time.
You can also rely on your delivery partner’s capabilities and avoid additional costs on the road, including break downs, repairs, insurance or even the software required to track parcels accurately. Instead, your organisation can focus on the outcomes, with deliveries being completed on time at agreed costs.
Need somewhere to store items or spare parts locally? Get stock shipped to your end user even quicker by using a local courier, offering warehousing solutions. Simply leave items with your delivery partner, monitor stock levels online and request transportation when needed.
SMEs can also offer customers same day delivery options by using couriers already available in their local area. Urgent deliveries can be taken care of quickly and efficiently, without the delays you could encounter with couriers unfamiliar with the local area or travelling from long distances.
Limit your emissions
Over the years, reducing the negative impact of business on the environment has become more important for companies across the world, large and small. For SMEs conscious of their carbon footprint, using an environmentally friendly local courier can make a huge difference. Shorter routes and delivery times can, greatly reduce the number of emissions produced by air polluting delivery vehicles such as petrol or diesel vans.
For emission free deliveries, electric vans can be an excellent solution for transporting items locally. As these types of vehicles have limited distance capacity and longer charging times compared to traditional vehicles, they’re best suited to shorter journeys.
With some limited emissions considered unavoidable, it can also prove valuable for small and medium sized businesses to choose a local courier already partnered with a carbon offset provider that can calculate and/or verify your company’s delivery footprint and invest in projects to offset these.