Looks like another quiet time!

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Nottingham & Derby Couriers

3179
Original Poster

It seems quiet this week so far,

Anyone else having the same?

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

A 4 day week, i expect little after a bank holiday weekend, thankfully none now til August

Phax

2250

Its ok up here but enjoy the rest. Long school holidays due soon that can go either way.

Phax

2250

Theres always a 5 mile and an 11 mile job available if ya dont mind a few dead miles.

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

1 day closer to retirement.

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159

Retirement? You mean you're not going to work until you drop? :-D

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

Addams UK Express said:


Retirement? You mean you're not going to work until you drop? :-D

I dropped years ago Dave

MK BIKES

2821

Kinda funny at the mo, one day quiet next day ballistic

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159

AJM sameday Couriers said:


Addams UK Express said:


Retirement? You mean you're not going to work until you drop? :-D

I dropped years ago Dave

I don't think my wife will let me retire, i don't think she's looking forward to me being at home all day long

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159

MK BIKES said:


Kinda funny at the mo, one day quiet next day ballistic

It's always like that after bank holidays, tuesday is hit n miss, but the wednesday goes mad

GJC EXPRESS COURIER

471

Had a very busy week last week however, slow one this week.

Nottingham & Derby Couriers

3179
Original Poster

I think it's a bank holiday and some factories do close down this time of year.

I looked at our historical figures and it's normal.

DMS NATIONWIDE COURIERS

5507

I've had a busy 1 this week which is unusual for bank holiday week. Manic today tho but struggling to get drivers is the problem for a friday

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

East-Lancs Sameday Couriers Ltd said:


I've had a busy 1 this week which is unusual for bank holiday week. Manic today tho but struggling to get drivers is the problem for a friday

You can get drivers, but they want more than £1.00 a mile Friday and they need to be home for 7pm to go to the pub

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

7pm? lol

Gas Motorcycle Couriers

3617

Not stopped for the month... Turned 3 last minute.coms away today.. All for London from up norf.

MyVanCan

1018

Best week of the year so far and Friday wasn't even that busy.

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

No need to turn em away... That's what this and other exchange sites are for!

AV Courier Service (Norwich)

257

I only did 3 days but a good profit on all of them so I'm happy

Phax

2250

but struggling to get drivers is the problem for a friday Thats cos ya dint ring me.

.

159

No calls either, although i was pretty busy myself, it's always worth a call, you never know

Bennetts Distribution

729

Been exceptionally busy all last month and this month up to now for some strange reason but next week could be dead so making hay while the sun shines

DMS NATIONWIDE COURIERS

5507

Bennetts Distribution said:


Been exceptionally busy all last month and this month up to now for some strange reason but next week could be dead so making hay while the sun shine I've been busy with some really long journey jobs aswell. 3rd time this week down brighton way. 31c in my van today. Hot hot hot

Mr G Courier Service

2596

Hey ive been to st leonards, eastbourne and brighton last and this week.. Why dont we double up?.. You go when its raining.. Ill go when the beaches are loaded with bikini clad babes

RGM Courier Services

1737

Done lots of Heathrow and Gatwick AOG's lately with fully paid returns north. (Not off mtvan). As a matter of interest, does anyone get returns when they post empty on here?

Phax

2250

Whats a 'return'

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

A "return", more commonly known as "as likely as a good hair day for Donald Trump" is a term used for those couriers fortunate enough to get a collection going back homeward bound, as opposed to going back empty.

Exchange sites are designed to increase the likelihood of getting a "return" by giving members access to a network of couriers and courier companies. These exchange sites have Courier Companies (vendors) looking for work to be covered and couriers (buyers) looking for work that needs covering.

There is no such thing as a "return" for a vendor, but it has come to be associated with those Couriers near to the vendors collection, who otherwise would be going back empty to where that collection is going to.

As it is a "return" for him, he is able to undercut those local couriers also quoting on the job in question, which is very nice for him, but not so good for the local couriers.

A "Backload" has become the term used by vendors looking to take advantage of this situation, thereby alerting anyone quoting, that it should only be of interest to those going that way with a co-load, or those going back home empty. This allows the vendor to offer a reduced price to his client, or more likely to make more profit.

CPL Transport and Sameday Couriers

699

RGM Courier Services said:


Done lots of Heathrow and Gatwick AOG's lately with fully paid returns north. (Not off mtvan). As a matter of interest, does anyone get returns when they post empty on here?

Very rare Bob! Had one a couple of weeks ago (Not mtvan) that wanted a load from Basildon to Lancaster, 3 plts 500Kgs quoted him £130.00... He knocked me back saying he could get it done for £75 rtn! WTF is doing these jobs?

RGM Courier Services

1737

Chris you were doing him a favour at that price! PS Rob I was phoned up for the returns and offered full rate so I didn't undercut anyone. Any undercutting is usually instigated by the vendor who trying to make more profit out of the courier. ( not aimed at you Rob as I know you're 100% fair)

AM-PM Despatch

223

Maybe all owner drivers should have a protest day and drive up and down the M1 at 30mph? Oh hang on we do that most days anyway? Seriously the only way rates will rise to a point where you can safely earn a living as an owner driver is for all vans to be regulated with a tacho?

I wonder if the government realise the company doing most of the goverment work is only paying their drivers enough to cover the running cost of the vehicles?

DMS NATIONWIDE COURIERS

5507

RGM Courier Services said:


Done lots of Heathrow and Gatwick AOG's lately with fully paid returns north. (Not off mtvan). As a matter of interest, does anyone get returns when they post empty on here?

Only now and then from my regulars on here.

DMS NATIONWIDE COURIERS

5507

Mr G Courier Service.Current holder of mtvan courier of the week and the true voice of reason. said:


Hey ive been to st leonards, eastbourne and brighton last and this week.. Why dont we double up?.. You go when its raining.. Ill go when the beaches are loaded with bikini clad babes

Im in eastbourne now, might stay for the weekend lol

DMS NATIONWIDE COURIERS

5507

RGM Courier Services said:


Chris you were doing him a favour at that price! PS Rob I was phoned up for the returns and offered full rate so I didn't undercut anyone. Any undercutting is usually instigated by the vendor who trying to make more profit out of the courier. ( not aimed at you Rob as I know you're 100% fair)

I dont do backload rate unless its a wait & return job. Often enough I do get returns once I let the vendors know that im in thete area.

Quick Step Couriers

116

AM-PM Despatch said:


I wonder if the government realise the company doing most of the goverment work is only paying their drivers enough to cover the running cost of the vehicles?

And why would the Government care?

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

Quick Step Couriers said:


AM-PM Despatch said:


I wonder if the government realise the company doing most of the goverment work is only paying their drivers enough to cover the running cost of the vehicles?

And why would the Government care?

If mugs are prepared to do it then more fool them.

Dennis

676

AJM sameday Couriers said:


Quick Step Couriers said:


AM-PM Despatch said:


I wonder if the government realise the company doing most of the goverment work is only paying their drivers enough to cover the running cost of the vehicles?

And why would the Government care?

If mugs are prepared to do it then more fool them.

Yeah, here we go with the "Holier than thou" attitude towards the poor subbies who are doing it. No support for the poor sods, let them struggle.

Anybody who is doing OK should be slightly worrying that one of these days the big boys with the government etc contracts might just come along and get all the smaller stuff and put EVERYBODY out of business or into the Expert's rates. There won't be a lot of "Holier" then!

Now let's once again trot out all the old wives tales about quality of service!

MK BIKES

2821

They won't get the smaller stuff because 10-15 years ago they had it all... and lost it

Phax

2250

Whats a 'return' Its been so long it slipped my memory

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd said:


A "return", more commonly known as "as likely as a good hair day for Donald Trump" is a term used for those couriers fortunate enough to get a collection going back homeward bound, as opposed to going back empty.

Exchange sites are designed to increase the likelihood of getting a "return" by giving members access to a network of couriers and courier companies. These exchange sites have Courier Companies (vendors) looking for work to be covered and couriers (buyers) looking for work that needs covering.

There is no such thing as a "return" for a vendor, but it has come to be associated with those Couriers near to the vendors collection, who otherwise would be going back empty to where that collection is going to.

As it is a "return" for him, he is able to undercut those local couriers also quoting on the job in question, which is very nice for him, but not so good for the local couriers.

A "Backload" has become the term used by vendors looking to take advantage of this situation, thereby alerting anyone quoting, that it should only be of interest to those going that way with a co-load, or those going back home empty. This allows the vendor to offer a reduced price to his client, or more likely to make more profit.

Phax

2250

Whats a 'return' Its been so long it slipped my memory Looks like my facetiousness was missed!?*

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