Redditch Blog: 2017

Couriers: Time To Ditch The Diesel?

Couriers: Time To Ditch The Diesel?

Diesel vehicles – be they vans, cars or trucks – have been the norm for most couriers for years, but in recent years they have come in for a lot of criticism and a lot of extra costs. Between excise duty rises – and look out for more of those in the Budget – the introduction of extra charges that affect the cost of running a diesel, such as London’s T-Charge and Islington’s £2 per day parking surcharge for diesels, they’re starting to become far less economical.

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How To Become A Lifestyle Courier

How To Become A Lifestyle Courier

We’ve seen a boom in the number of courier insurance quotes we’ve been asked for lately. As the UK’s so-called ‘gig economy’ continues to grow, so more and more people are looking for self-employed work as couriers, either with firms such as Hermes and DPD or on their own. It’s now estimated that these ‘lifestyle couriers’ make around 15% of UK parcel deliveries and that figure is set to rise sharply as online shopping continues to thrive.

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How To Save On Van Insurance

How To Save On Van Insurance

No matter what you use you van for – be it for work as a courier, a tradesman or as a delivery driver – you’ve probably noticed that your van insurance quotes have risen this year. We’ll get into the reasons behind the increases later, but to help you get cheap van insurance cover Coversure Redditch have put together some simple, industry-insider’s tips on how you can beat the rises and keep your costs of cover down.

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Driverless Couriers: Coming Soon? And Who Pays The Courier Insurance?

Driverless Couriers: Coming Soon? And Who Pays The Courier Insurance?

Self-driving cars have been in the news for some time now. Waymo, Google’s self-drive vehicle has been in test for years and the new Tesla Model 3 will have driverless functionality as standard. Now though we are starting to see companies talk to driverless delivery vehicles. Uber have bought Otto to develop a fleet of driverless trucks and Dominos are carrying out tests in the US to see how customers react to having their food delivered by a driverless delivery van. Will this technology catch on? Is it a good think thing? for customers? Are we looking at the end of courier drivers as we know it?

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Fleet Van Insurance Guide

Fleet Insurance For Couriers And Van Owners

As the courier market continues to grow, more and more couriers and van owners are finding themselves with more vehicles in need of courier insurance or van insurance. Many of them simply insure these vehicles individually, adding a new policy each time they add a new van. This is a shame as it means that they are missing out on the cost, time and administration savings that courier and van fleet insurance can bring.

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Driverless Couriers: Future or Fantasy?

Driverless Couriers: Future or Fantasy?

Autonomous vehicles have been much in the news of late: From driverless cars, through to unmanned delivery drones, the world seems to be obsessed with handing the wheel to a computer as we search for ever greater efficiency. But what does this potential technological advance mean for couriers and for the provision of courier insurance? In this latest blog from Coversure Redditch, we’ll look at the possibilities, the pros and cons and the likelihood (or otherwise) of a driverless delivery world…

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Couriers: Would You Drive An Electric Vehicle?

Couriers: Would You Drive An Electric Vehicle?

Like most small businesses, couriers are always looking to save money on the essentials. Be it by looking for cheap courier insurance, getting the most economic van or looking for the cheapest place to get diesel, there are many ways a courier can cut the costs of deliveries. One way that could significantly cut the cost of being a courier – one that may well have an impact of courier insurance quotes – is by driving an electric vehicle.

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Lifestyle Couriers Courier Insurance Guide 2017

Lifestyle Couriers Courier Insurance Guide

Being a so-called ‘lifestyle courier’ has become a popular occupation in the UK in the last few years and their number is now thought to be heading toward the 50,000 mark. As a second job or as a source of casual income, lifestyle couriering makes a lot of sense; you can do it at a time to suit you, the work’s as regular as you want it to be and it can be done by anyone with a car. Or can it…? What a lot lifestyle couriers don’t realise is that standard car insurance will not cover you to carry out courier work, for that you need courier insurance.

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Courier Insurance: How To Get The Best Deal

Courier Insurance: How To Get The Best Deal

Getting the best deal on your courier insurance can be key to making your courier business work. With margins in the courier business tight, competition for business fierce and unavoidable courier costs – such as fuel and van prices – rising, getting the best deal on your insurance is more important than ever.

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Courier Insurance: A Comprehensive Guide

Courier Insurance: A Comprehensive Guide

The courier insurance market in the UK is booming. As the UK’s ecommerce and mcommerce markets grow ever larger – they hit a record £150bn in 2016 – and more and more things need to be delivered, so more and more couriers are required, couriers who all need courier insurance cover.

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