Having your own fleet vs using an external fleet

2018 see the start of rapid growth for companies which has continued into 2019. Driven by more people shopping online, the need for couriers and their fleet has never been greater.

Own Delivery Fleet

By opting to implement your own fleet which is managed and operated by you can be beneficial given that you have full control. The logistics of carrying out deliveries will be in your hands enabling you to deliver as you see fit.

With implementing and using your own fleet however does bring additional risk in the form of liability of damaged goods OR damage or loss caused through drivers. It can bring about heavy financial implications if not insured properly and high levels of stress if not managed correctly.

Being able to deliver is essential in maintaining business, if your customers lose faith in you and your ability to get their goods to them in time, it could be detrimental to business. On the flip side though, by using your own fleet of couriers, you can often deliver a better level of service.

When opting for an internal fleet option, make sure you have appropriate courier fleet insurance that takes into account the goods you need to deliver, along with the vehicle and drivers.

Third Party Fleet

To use an external courier fleet / company shifts all responsibility from you to the external provider. Although you hand over control of the delivery logistics, you do relinquish the risk factor as well as any damage or loss is covered by the third-party delivery company.

Using an external delivery company however can improve deliverability given their logistic networks can be considerably bigger than those we can implement ourselves.

By using an external delivery option, you can also concentrate more on what you as a company offer. Outsourcing is often key to streamlining a business and delivering better user experience as a specialist provider is more likely to be looking after an area that they are dedicated to.

Choosing which option to go with

When making a decision with regards to your method of delivery, it is important to consider the cost of delivery. If all your deliveries are local and the cost of your drivers and vehicles can be covered with the cost of the product, then it may be worth opting for an internal fleet solution. If your deliveries are more national, then you are more than likely better off using an external option.

Opting for both methods

It is possible to combine both options. If you have multiple local deliveries but also multiple national deliveries, it may be wise to utilise your own fleet for the local elements and an external fleet for the longer distance deliveries.

Regardless of which option you go for, if you need cover for your own fleet, we can help you find cheap fleet insurance today to ensure you are properly protected.