Free Courier Club CRM
Managing customers is hard enough without having to trawl through pieces of paper, Post-It notes, spreadsheets, databases and emails to find the thing they’re calling about. Let’s not even mention suppliers and other contacts that you interact with on a day-to-day basis. The new Courier Club CRM allows you to centralise all your customer, supplier & contact interactions so that...
I’d like to take this opportunity, now that the world hasn’t ended, to wish you a very merry Christmas and a very prosperous new year from all the team at Courier Club. We’ve been working hard all year to bring you partners, deals, features and tools to help you get the most out of your business. Unsurprisingly, our plans for 2013 are no different. We’re hoping that the...
Free CRM for all members
We’re pleased to announce that the new Courier Club CRM system is now in beta testing and available to use by all our members. You can log in using your normal username & password here: http://beta.courierclub.co.uk It is a beta version so if you do encounter any bugs we’d love to hear from you so that we can fix them before it’s made available on the live site. What is a...
Did you notice?
We released a quick update to the dashboard toolbar last week (above). Hopefully it makes things a bit clearer and easier to understand when you first log in. The alert number above the dashboard shows the number of current traffic alerts from the 3 highways agencies (England, Scotland & Wales). The number above the Perks indicates how many perks are available to you. All the best David...
Courier Job Opportunity: Weekly Stockport - London
@pudology has asked us to see if we can source couriers/owner-drivers who have the capability to transport chilled goods from their base in Stockport to multiple destinations in London. A brief spec as follows: Ability to transport chilled goods Weekly/Fortnightly Delivery Stockport to multiple London destinations (plus a few outside London) Chilled deserts up to approx 30kg Let us know if...
Vehicle Management: Never forget your MOT or...
Our new Vehicle Management system allows you to manage your van (or fleet of vans) easily and simply. Never forget an MOT or Rod Tax date Never forget a service due date or insurance date Never forget to inspect your fleet Consolidate all your vans in to one system By adding your van(s) details to the system we can remind you when these important things need to be done - both by email and...
Free Agent: Accounts software, simplified
We’re pleased to announce another new partnership for our members: FreeAgent. FreeAgent provide award winning accounts software for the small business and freelancer. It’s easy to use and the pricing model is really easy to understand: Sole Trader - £15 + VAT pm LLP/Partnership - £20 + VAT pm Limited Company - £25 + VAT pm As a member of Courier Club you not only get a 30 day...
Offer Next-Day Pallet Services to Your Customers
Next-Day Pallets and £500 Credit Account Ever had a job/booking that you couldn’t cover because it was outside your area, difficult to transport or just that a same-day courier service might be too cost prohibitive? Or even you’ve wanted to offer a pallet service but haven’t been able to stump up the money required to join a network. Courier Club are pleased to announce that...
Latest Partner On-board! Save on MOTs and...
Start saving on your servicing and MOT bills One of our major goals at Courier Club has always been to try and help you save money on your day-to-day costs - from mobile phones and fuel to insurance and everything in between. And that reflects in the partners we choose to work with. However, we’ve been wanting to partner with a truly national company that can help you save money on your...
Big Announcement Coming This Monday
A new, national partner is arriving at Courier Club on Monday 13th August 2012. Keep your eyes peeled….
Updated Members Dashboard
One of our pet hates in the members area of Courier Club has always been the menu navigation. It’s done us proud over the last 8-9 months but with the plans we have it was time to make a concerted effort and update it now before it became a massive job. You’ll see when you log in that we’ve changed the menu from being on the left side of the screen to a horizontal one just below...
Courier Club Directory: Update your profile
The web is an unforgiving place. A lawless savannah where Google and Bing rule the roost with their search engine algorithms and SEO black magic. A place where nothing stays still for long. At Courier Club we’re no different. The site is continually being updated and refined with feedback from our members and new services from our development team. This week sees the enhancement of the...
Courier mistake sends corpse to the wrong place
We just happened to find this little gem of a mix-up! A freight forwarding company in the US made a slight mix up by diverting a woman’s torso addressed to a research facility in Florida to a wholesale shopping club in Massachusetts instead. The rather large parcel was marked “perishable” but staff at BJ’s Wholesales Club’s head office didn’t think anything...
VOSA Driving Regulations for Couriers
We’ve created a poll over on our Facebook page asking whether, as an owner driver (or even a courier company), you think their should be similar legislation in place for sameday couriers (max hours driving, breaks, etc.) as with HGVs. We’d be interested in your views. The link to the poll is here: VOSA Poll www.courierclub.co.uk
Subbies: What Colour is Your Van?
We know, like the rest of you, business is getting harder to come by as the effects of the Euro crash are beginning to hit our shores. The industry appears quite flat at the moment and there are no signs of recovery just yet. It seems that the “rapid response” sameday couriers can give customers is becoming more of a luxury than a necessity these days. No doubt cost is an implication...
O2 Updated Offers
O2 have just updated their profile page with their latest business tariff, “On and On”. Unlimited calls Unlimited texts Massive 1Gb of data From £21.67 per month (ex VAT) You can call their business team on 01744 780062 or use the contact form on their profile page to get more information.
Greener Driving Saves You Money
As this blog is being written there appears to be a small fuel war erupting - with Sainsbury’s leading the pack on supermarket prices (cutting petrol prices by 3p per litre, as well as offering customers an additional 5p off per litre if they spend £50 in store). However, when you consider other European countries, the prices we pay for fuel in the UK is rising and rising. Planned...
EU Cookie Law: Are you compliant?
The EU’s Privacy and Communications Directive comes into force on 26 May - also know as the “Cookie Law”. Most (if not all) websites drop a small text file on to your computer to help organise and store browsing information for example: shopping carts, your preferences, Google Analytics…. Cookies in themselves are inert and can’t harm your computer like a virus can....
Fancy testing some new stuff?
We’ve been busy developing some new, sexy stuff over the last few weeks at courier club towers and we’re getting close to releasing our updated member’s area. Our developers are pretty excited - so much so we may have to sedate them. But, before we do, we’d like to get some members on board to help us beta test the platform before it goes fully live. But why would you want...
The Olympics Are Coming...
As if you didn’t know?! You’ve seen the motorway electronic displays are now recommending everyone to plan ahead for their Olympic journeys to and from the capital, UPS vans everywhere displaying the London 2012 logos on their livery, Pampers marketing Olympic nappies (?!?!?!) … Seriously though, the London 2012 Olympics will cause untold havoc to the road and public transport...
Time to Upgrade Your Membership
We’re really proud with the amount of members we’ve managed to attract over the last few months. In fact we’re amazed at how many of our members have embraced our community and we’re extremely humbled by that. While we get you loads of great deals that save you tonnes of money we also have even better offers for paid members. Why not upgrade today so that you can enjoy the...
Upload your Insurance Documents
While a number of our members have already uploaded their Goods In Transit, Personal Liability and Courier insurances we’ve noticed a few members haven’t (This isn’t such a bad thing - it just means you have a nasty red cross near your directory entry). By uploading your documents we get the chance to ensure you’re insured to be a courier and secondly it changes the status...
Cool Company Perks
So you’ve landed your dream job, right? Unlimited holidays, beer Fridays, Whiskey Wednesdays, free breakfast, lunch, dinner (tea) and snacks, paid-for tuition and “baby cash” for your newborn. These perks do seem far fetched but you’d be surprised to know that these perks are on offer from some of the top Tech companies over on the other side of “the pond”....
We’ve been busy again trying to make the site more and more useful for our members. The members area has had a bit of a facelift and a few services have been updated. Here’s a list if the latest updates: Job Calculator Live traffic is now shown on the map Fixed an issue where the collection/delivery points didn’t show our truck marker pin Added the ability to avoid tolls ...
Budget 2012: Useful Summary
Just a quick blog to let you know we’ve updated the tools and tips section to include a useful summary of the 2012 budget and how it could affect you. Simply log in to the members area and click ton the Tips and Tools menu item.
Partner Spotlight: Moo.com
When we first launched courierclub.co.uk we were very excited when moo.com agreed to offer our members 50 free business cards. It might not seem a lot (after all Vista Print offer 500) but their quality, attention to detail and general niceness makes them one of the best online printing businesses around today. Moo are a new kind of online printing business MOO was born out of a love of...
Become A Partner With courierclub.co.uk
Courierclub.co.uk is the fastest growing courier community website in the UK and we’re always on the look out for new partners who have products and/or services that would benefit our members. If you are able to offer our members: Discounted deals on your products/services A high level of customer services We could be the ideal platform for you. We offer versatile rates suitable for any...
The Hub - Updated Offers
After being released earlier in the month The Hub has provided to be an easy way for our members to save on their day-to-day costs. In fact, a lot of our members have already made some great savings. Due to the demand from partners wanting to be included in The Hub we’ve had to have a redesign to make it easier to see offers at a glance. Please be aware that some offers are only available...
Customer Service Gone.... Good
Studies have shown that the British public are more often disposed to complain about poor service than waxing lyrical about a good service experience. After all, we love a good whinge don’t we?! I know I do - I believe it’s part of what makes us British, nurtures our stiff-upper-lip and our unfathomable predisposition to enjoy a good queue. Whether it’s the buses that...
Job Calculator Updated
We’ve been busy in the members area of the site this week and have updated the popular Job Calculator. It now displays couriers local to your collection point, plus a few other updates. Log in today to see the changes.
Partner Spotlight: InFuel Fuelcards
Once in a while we spotlight one of our partners in our blog to promote their deals to our members. This week we’re highlighting In Fuel Ltd. One key issue we hear being mentioned by our members is how to manage fuels bills effectively. Have a look at some of these questions to see if you could benefit from a fuel card: Are you losing receipts and therefore not claiming cost of fuel back? ...
Poll: As a courier, what is your main concern for... →
Protect Your CAT: Van owners left fuming at...
No we don’t mean your four-legged friend… There have been a spate of thefts recently where thieves have stolen exhausts and CAT convertors from commercial vehicles. Mercedes Sprinters are meant to be a prime target, replacement parts can cost approx £2500 + VAT. To reduce the risk of theft: Lock your vehicle out of reach whenever possible Park in well-lit busy areas Look out for...
Free RAC Breakdown cover or 14 Day Replacement...
Goods in Transit Direct seem to be working wonders with their offers. We’ve just had an email to confirm an update to their existing insurance deals… If you take out courier van insurance with them they’ll give you the option of choosing one of the below FREE additional policies: RAC - 1 year full breakdown cover for your commercial vehicle including Roadside, Recovery, At Home...
Get Covered with Goods in Transit Direct
Get covered with Goods in Transit Direct and reduce your insurance bill. We are delighted to announce w a new Partnership between Courier club and Goods In Transit Direct These guys specialise in: Goods in Transit insurance Liability Insurance Courier vehicle Insurance As they are a niche insurer and experts specializing in our industry, they are confident they are able to: Ensure you have...
Google's Self-Driving Car →
Nevada is officially the first US state to approve self-driving cars. On Thursday, Nevada approved rules for testing driverless cars on state roads.
Need to Raise Finance and Improve Cash Flow?
There are many ways and means to raise finance and improve your cashflow. This ranges from traditional banking overdraft facilities to business development loans, factoring and invoice finance. There’s no denying that times are tough. The economic outlook is looking stagnant at best and things in Europe aren’t helping the UK economy. Still, this doesn’t mean you can’t...
Goods in Transit Direct are really pleased to be partnering with Courier Club as...– Steve Duffy, Managing Director
Measured in time of transport and communication, the whole round globe is now...– John Boyd Orr, Scottish Politician
"Electric Van Man" to receive up to £8k grant
Transport Secretary Justine Greening and Business Minister Mark Prisk have announced the first vans eligible for the Government’s new “Plug-in Van Grant”. The grant allows van buyers to claim 20% - up to £8,000 - off the cost of the first wave of 7 plug-in vans. At the launch event on Tuesday Justine Greening said “Our new grant demonstrates that you can be a motorist...
National FairFuel Day - March 7th 2012
With the worrying political instability in the Middle East and the news that Iran has announced it’s intention to cut off oil supplies to Britain now is the time to start lobbying the UK government to reduce the taxes on fuel. Diesel prices hit a record high this week and there seems to be no end to the inflation busting rises. FairFuel UK is trying to persuade the government to reduce...
Be Careful With Cheap Courier Insurance
As a courier you could be carrying anything from papers to iPhones, electrical equipment to catalouge items and many things you’ll carry are classed as theft attractive i.e. electrical equipment, clothes…basically anything ‘nickable’. We’re aware that cost is an issue when choosing the right insurance policy. But are you happy to settle saving a few pounds on your...
Features and Benefits of Courier Club
Once in a while we get asked by people, “So what do I get for my money?”. Normally we’ve pointed people towards the membership plans page on the site but we’ve always felt it didn’t explain what we do well enough. Welcome to the all new Member Benefits page! A new page on courierclub.co.uk explaining in more detail what you can get as a member. As a member of Courier...
Bracknell Based Courier Needed
One of our members requires a Bracknell based courier to do regular non-hazardous (and some limited quantity hazardous) work from Bracknell to Milton Keynes (MK14). The work would suit an unmarked small van (Transit Connect, Belingo, etc). Small Unmarked Van Regular Work Bracknell to Milton Keynes (MK14) Mostly non-hazardous (with some limited quantity hazardous) Please re-tweet/re-blog if...
"The Hub" Launched!
We’re proud to announce The Hub has now been launched to all our members. What’s The Hub? The Hub is our members-only discount/deal area. These are offers we’ve managed to negotiate for our members. More often than not these are exclusive deals to courier club. Latest Hub Deals Here’s a list of the latest deals in The Hub… 50 Free business cards from moo.com 24...