Category: Courier Industry News

Is your courier business future ready?

April 2018 saw UK high street retailers suffer the biggest drop in sales for 22 years (in fact, since records began). This follows news earlier this year of household names like Toys R Us and Maplin collapsing. And, a number of others such as House of Fraser and New Look searching for agreements to reduce rent costs and close their shops.

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How has the gig economy revolutionised courier insurance?

There is little doubt that the offer insurance companies provide to couriers has seen great changes in recent times. This is mainly down to the so-called ‘Gig’ economy which many couriers are employed in now. This way of working sees couriers picking up work when they can and often using their own vehicles to complete it. Compared to a salaried employee using a company vehicle to deliver goods, this is quite a change.

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Shoppers’ demands boost courier firms

Whilst many consumers regularly use online shopping, it seems that an increasing number of people are looking for faster delivery times. According to a study carried out by Whistl, almost 1 in 5 want same or next-day delivery services when they’re shopping online. Although consumers in large cities are most keen to take advantage of fast shipping services, the delivery management firm has reported an overall increase in the demand for quick deliveries.

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The self employed courier insurance minefield

If you’re getting started as a courier, and using your own vehicle to transport parcels, you’ve probably struggled to find insurance which covers you during working hours. The phrase you’re probably fed up with hearing is “Hire and Reward”. Essentially, the courier company is hiring your services and rewarding you for them. Don’t confuse this with haulage insurance, which is really only intended for long distance transport companies who don’t make multiple stops en route.

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What to look for when taking out courier insurance

If you are setting up in business as a courier then arranging courier insurance is vital. You may even be working for an employer who expects you to sort this out yourself. Whatever the reasons you are needing to take out courier insurance, knowing what to look out for is key. As with any other form of trade that operates on the nation’s roads, you need to have the correct cover in place for full protection when working. But what should your courier insurance cover?

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Knowledge Is Power – Know Your Courier Insurance

If you have been a courier already, then you may be well aware of the insurance requirements that come along with the business. If you are looking to venture into the industry than this may be your first time reading up on how courier insurance works. In that case this article could help inform you on how couriers insurance works, and furthermore how you can save on your courier premium.

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Could you courier for cash this Christmas?

As online shopping grows in popularity, the influx of parcels on the postal service over the festive season gets bigger year on year. For many retailers, the solution has been to contract the services of a courier company, and that means that there are plenty of couriering jobs available over the Christmas season.

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Why new couriers shouldn’t overlook the need for insurance

For those who strive for independence in the workplace, courier work is often an attractive option. Couriers go motoring around the country’s streets and motorways, through the sun and rain, day and night. It can be a rewarding profession, both financially and personally, but as with many other self-employed positions, you should take heed of the associated costs, and added responsibilities of being your own boss.

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