Hauliers Web Ring

About this site:

‘Rants, Replies & Repeating Myself’ is just a collection of the posts that I’ve made on various courier forums over the last few years.

I found that I was answering the same questions and repeating the same information on almost a daily basis as new owner-drivers and courier companies entered the industry and asked questions on various forums. these pages are a searchable collection of my replies, a few of my rants about my personal pet hates and some newer, more detailed information. Please accept it all as just one man’s opinion – I accept no liability for any incorrect information. I’m just the ‘bloke in the pub’ and free advice is worth exactly what you pay for it. I encourage everyone to do their own research.

Alec, Anywhere Sameday Couriers

About The Hauliers Web Ring:

The Hauliers Web Ring is a gathering of websites that have a common purpose…to showcase  Road Haulage, Trucking & Freight businesses.

If you have a website that qualifies and you would like to join the Hauliers Web Ring, continue reading and follow the instructions below.

The Hauliers Web Ring Qualifications:

This Web Ring is open for membership as “free advertising” for all Road Haulage, Trucking, Return Loads agencies, Couriers and other Freight businesses. All you need is a web site related to the Transport industry to join the Hauliers Web Ring

What is a Web Ring?

Web Rings are simply pages on the internet that are linked together by a common basic code inserted on each site’s Home page. If you follow the links long enough, they will form a circle and bring you back to where you started.

This is the basic Hauliers Web Ring code, it is all you need to have on your site to be in the Web Ring. You may customize the appearance to fit your site but it must be visible on the main page and all the links in place.

 

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Posted by Alec at 8:50 pm, June 30, 2008

Friday is apparently

Muppet day. 8 hours to do 66 miles, deadline missed by FIVE HOURS, phone switched off for the entire day except for half a phone call an hour AFTER the deadline to say he’d broken down, not too clear about where he was though.

The surprising thing? We’ve used him before and he did the job perfectly, phoned in when he’d collected, did the job quickly and called in his POD straight away.

Never mind though, it was only a tender for a multimillion pound contract on behalf of a regular customer, nothing important. Oh, and the customer was surprised that we kept refering to the owner-driver as ‘he’ because the documents were actually collected by “an old lady”.

Posted under Courier Basics

Posted by Alec at 5:08 pm, June 27, 2008

Withheld telephone numbers

I don’t see the connection between being ex-directory and withholding your number to start with, they’re two entirely different things.

I’d say that in this business calling people with your number withheld is just about as foolish as not answering calls from withheld numbers.
 

Posted under Telecoms

Posted by Alec at 12:09 pm, June 27, 2008

Tracking cookies

Cookies are just a way of a website keeping a record of your visits and maybe knowing who you are (if you’ve told them that) or knowing what you did last time you were on the site.

The tracking cookies that the scans pick up are the ones that track you from one site to another. If one of the advertisers on Site A places a cookie on your system it can recognise you when you visit Site B (if that also contains their ads) and serve up content directly aimed at what they think your interests are, based on the browsing hablts they’ve recorded for you. the privacy ‘worry’ is that someone somewhere might be interested enough in you to be able to build up a full picture of a lot of sites that you’ve been on AND may be able to actually identify you either by your IP address or by you signing up to a site that’s connected with the company that ‘own’ the tracking cookie.

In reality it’s a load of bollocks. Delete them, block them, whatever, it doesn’t really make much difference. There’s the odd site that won’t let you log in if you’ve blocked one of their tracking cookies and the odd site that won’t ‘remember’ you so you have to sign in every time you visit. no big deal either way though really.

Most people should be more worried that their ISP has a log of every website they’ve ever visited and every email ever sent or received.
 

Posted under Uncategorized

Posted by Alec at 6:50 pm, June 26, 2008

Persistent problems with new Vauxhall Vivaro van

Go and see a solicitor or at least Citizens Advice. I’ve not kept up with consumer law but i’m fairly sure that under these circumstances you can reject the vehicle as not fit for purpose and claim a full refund.

I could easily be wrong about this, but if it’s giving this much hassle it’s got to be worth getting some proper legal advice.
 

Posted under Vans

Posted by Alec at 6:12 pm, June 26, 2008

VAT registration – should I?

wrote:
I think visit to the accountant is needed here

If you go to the accountant and they tell you not to register then get another accountant.

The only reason to even consider not registering for VAT is if you have a lot of customers that aren’t VAT registered.

Read this http://deliver-it.biz/couriers/2008/03/should-i-be-vat-registered/

Posted under Courier Financial Issues, VAT

Posted by Alec at 4:26 pm, June 26, 2008

Courier ‘Network’ Return Journey alerts

Steve, thanks for quoting on a couple of our jobs recently. There was nothing at all wrong with your pricing, we just prefer where possible not to have transits running about doing small van work for us. Also in both cases a regular supplier called to offer to do the jobs for us – suppliers who have helped us out in the past always get priority with us, partly because I feel we owe it to them and partly because they’re a ‘known quantity’, we know what to expect from them. I believe many ‘Network’ members operate in a similar manner to us

That may make new members feel that the system doesn’t work, or that there aren’t any jobs, but that isn’t the case at all. Every ‘trusted supplier’ that we use today was once a new ‘Network’ member and had to go through the same thing as you’re going through now. I suspect that’s why ‘Network’ has such a long minimum subscription period – to allow you to work out how to use the site to your best advantage without you just giving up after a couple of months.

As for the posting of RJs FROM your area, I personally wouldn’t put an Essex to Scotland job on unless I was going to Scotland. If I’m looking through the Directory for your area I can see your ‘See My Journeys’ button lit up and it looks to me as if you’re loaded to go to Glasgow. So I’m not going to ring you with a Basildon to Plymouth. Posting the local RJ is (I think) fine, but I’d suggest that you set the start and end points to where you are and put something in the notes like ‘Available now and ready to go anywhere’ and make sure you list it as an open-ended RJ.
 

Posted under Courier and Freight Exchanges, Courier Basics, Uncategorized

Posted by Alec at 3:02 pm, June 26, 2008

Blocking GTM Alerts

I know that it’s possible to block yourself from receiving alerts from members that you don’t want to work for. Is it also possible to block members that we would never give a job to from receiving alerts for our GTMs?

If not, why not?

Posted under Courier and Freight Exchanges

Posted by Alec at 3:59 pm, June 25, 2008