Haulage Company Turns Dead Mileage into Profits

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A family run haulage business has tackled the business of dead mileage head on and, in the process, has boosted profits and efficiency to an all time high. Lyall Cresswell, Managing Director of the Transport Exchange Group (TEG) (http://www.haulageexchange.co.uk) believes that WJ Wooster and Sons and companies who follow their lead are the way of the future for the transport industry.

A family run haulage business with more than 40 years experience is facing the challenges and negative impacts of unprofitable ‘dead mileage’ by turning to a freight exchange in order to increase their efficiency by utilising returnloads.

W J Wooster and Sons, based in Nazeing, Essex runs 10 vehicles, including 18 tonne arctics and 7.5 tonne capacity lorries, and employs 15 drivers. The company clerk, Perry Street says, “We have been with Haulage Exchange for a year now. I had heard about it and I knew a member so I spoke to him about it and how it could help us. As a company we decided we would give it a go and it has just carried on from there.”

The company uses the online Haulage Exchange information hub every day to locate opportunities to pick up returnloads, take on localised sub-contract work and share details of any empty vehicles within the area. Perry goes on, “I’m constantly looking at it, seeing what jobs are about and what we might be able to do. If we have vehicles in the yard we need to find work for them and Haulage Exchange assists with that.”

Huge benefits for the company are gained, in the form of dead mileage being turned into returnloads through up-to-the-minute communication with other members of the freight exchange.

Thanks to Haulage Exchange W J Woosters has seen vehicle capacity maximised, bringing cost savings and profit advantages. Perry Street says, “For example, if we have just delivered to Manchester I will be using the exchange to see if we can get a return load from there back down here – otherwise it’s just dead mileage.”

He went on to point out that not only has the programme benefitted the company financially, it also benefitted the environment. Tackling green issues is a major concern to members of the transport industry.

“Being in Haulage Exchange has certainly been advantageous profit wise,” said Perry, “and we have been able to do more jobs which can cover for dead mileage. All in all Haulage Exchange has achieved exactly what we were looking for and that’s getting returnloads and turning dead mileage into green savings and profitable mileage.”

About the Transport Exchange Group

The Transport Exchange Group offers a range of services to enable members to trade loads and journeys and to source available or part-filled vehicles. Its system facilitates seamless electronic trading from order confirmation to invoice approval and payment, and processes more than 10,000 loads a month.

With offices in London and Nottingham, The Transport Exchange Group operates two of the largest haulage exchanges in Great Britain. Courier Exchange (http://www.courierexchange.co.uk), is the UK’s biggest exchange for express and same day movements and is now in its ninth year of trading, while its sister site, Haulage Exchange (http://www.haulageexchange.co.uk) is one of the UK’s leading independent haulage exchanges for the 7.5 Tonne market and beyond.

Membership of the exchange is limited to accredited transport professionals, and offers them the chance to buy and sell domestic and international road transport industry services such as full loads, backloads, return loads, freight forwarding, and road haulage.

For further information contact Century Public Relations (Tel: 024 7622 8881).

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