Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Freight Exchanges Business Up Since Post Strike

Online haulage source seeing greater use
Shipping News Feature

UK – Following on from our report last month concerning the opportunities for haulage firms in the wake of the postal strikes affecting the UK comes news that one sector of the industry is experiencing a beneficial uplift.

Freight exchange websites, where freight hauliers and customers are able to interact with one another in an online auction scenario, have reported that they are seeing a large increase in trade as smaller goods distributors are forced to look for new ways to get their products delivered.

One such site, ANYVAN.com, reports that they have seen a 34% increase in customers signing up to the site over the last ten days. Angus Elphinstone, the company's managing director, told Handy Shipping Guide that they “…are sure this is as a direct result of people looking for a reliable alternative to Royal Mail during the postal strike.”

He added that: “By linking customers with vans already travelling to their desired location, ANYVAN is generating more business for transport providers and saving customers up to 85% on delivery costs.”

The news will come as welcome to relief to the UK haulage industry, which is still suffering heavily from a combination of the recession and high operating costs, due to opening up the opportunity for more efficient use of their vehicles and fuel and increasing the amount of work available to them.