Trading online and trading off-line comes in different variations, from the likes of Asda selling their groceries to the general public to the small independent shops that may sell meat or simply one off gifts. But how does all the goods arrive in store to be sold? Simple answer is either by car, van, truck, railway or even plane.
Delivery drivers across the UK pickup their deliveries and take them to the destination, haulage companies are most used for the shear size of their vehicles and how many pallets they can carry at any one time, some even have a forklift attached the back of their long articulated lorry. Whereas smaller courier firms will still deliver there deliveries on a small time basis. Some smaller firms even deliver across the UK, or smaller areas such as county by county, town by town.
The actual network of commercial vehicles delivering foods, drinks and other products are actually massive. Lets take bananas for example, bananas get picked by hand abroad and then packaged up in boxes and shipped to the UK in huge containers every week. When they arrive in the UK they usually get checked and then delivered in huge Arctic lorries to the large supermarkets and smaller independents. Getting to the larger premises is easy, as they have the space to deliver, but when it comes smaller deliveries it comes down to the ‘man in a van’ delivering to small towns and tiny villages ready for the empty shelves.
With commercial vehicles centres across the UK, selling small vehicles, there seem to be loads of vans for sale and sell generally to the smaller businesses in need of a vehicle. Having various vans that are reasonably priced from £1000 to £7000 make it perfect for the small business to afford, and the courier companies to be able to buy a cheap van to use within their company. The complete system is complete and ever turning around, from delivering to premises, to having products on the shelves of every shop or supermarket.