DHL to move urgent mail by speedboat

I’ve been meaning to check up on this story since I read it a couple of weeks ago.

The story as a whole is quite interesting and just goes to show that high fuel prices and congestion can certainly help to focus minds on getting freight off the roads. It was this line that caught my interest though: “international courier firm DHL is looking to move urgent mail from central London to Heathrow by speedboat to avoid congestion in the capital.”

I’ve been unable to find out any more information on DHL’s proposed scheme, an email to their Press Office went unanswered, but it’s certainly an intriguing possibility. However, I looked into the feasibility of a scheme like this a few months ago and quickly discounted the idea as being of little value to the same day courier industry or to any other Read More…

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Posted by Alec at 12:12 pm, August 25, 2008

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Courier company desperate for a bit of publicity

The Scotsman reports here that Eagle Couriers’ staff were apparently “left stunned” when they realised that a package they had collected was addressed to Nicole Kidman.

So did they send a same day courier to hand-deliver it to her on a film set? Did they deliver to her house and she signed for it at the front door in person with her curlers in and wearing a dressing-gown? Is that why the delivery caused “quite a bit of excitement”? No, they took it to the international courier company that carries out their international consignments and it was them that organised the delivery to Hollywood.

I can only imagine that couriers in Scotland must lead very sheltered lives if a delivery addressed to an actress causes Read More…

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Posted by Alec at 9:02 am, July 29, 2008

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

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.
 

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Posted by Alec at 6:50 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.
 

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

Legal action for ‘passing off’

We’ve just been threatened with legal action by these people www.asapsameday.com because our website includes the phrase “QUICK RESPONSE COLLECTION AND ASAP SAME-DAY DELIVERY “.

I’ve decided to follow their example, so any of you with the word ‘Anywhere’ on your websites had better remove it straight away.

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Posted by Alec at 3:36 pm, June 19, 2008

Van Driver CPC

The ‘L’ in LGV is for ‘Large’ Goods Vehicles, not ‘Light’ Julian. 10th September 2008 for PCVs, 10th September 2009 for goods vehicles over 3,500kg. If the driver already holds a licence for the relevant vehicle category on that date then they don’t need the initial driver CPC and they don’t need to take the periodic training until 5 years later.

No mention of B+E in the Regulations so it looks like the Sprinter and trailer boys aren’t covered.

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Posted by Alec at 8:18 am, June 8, 2008

VAT on Fuel Duty – LEGAL ROBBERY

Why do you care about the VAT on Duty, you’re VAT registered.

More to the point why is everybody suddenly getting so upset about the percentage of the cost of each litre that goes in tax and duty? The government are actually taking the lowest percentage ‘cut’ in tax per litre that they’ve taken for at least 20 years, maybe even as far back as VAT was introduced.

Much as I dislike this government, it’s not them that are making the profit from the high fuel prices and what extra they do make goes to reduce the tax bill that they’ve lumbered us all with. What’s the problem?
 

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Posted by Alec at 9:24 pm, May 29, 2008