Sponsored: How Avail is saving UK haulage companies up to £4,000 per driver

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Manchester-based Avail Technologies is revolutionising the logistics industry and largely reducing its clients' driver agency costs. This has come at a much-needed time as the logistics industry has been hit by 40% since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Avail’s CEO Erin Short stated: “The temporary employment industry is currently dominated by the outdated traditional agency model where hauliers are still employing agencies to contract HGV drivers and paying over the odds, and that’s not right. We offer everything a normal agency does and more with a reduced cost."

Avail Technologies has set out to disrupt this by offering hauliers large savings in a time when they will need it most due to the disruption of services caused by the onset of the pandemic.

Short goes on to say: “Using Avail for your agency drivers will 100% make your contracts more profitable, and increase the driver’s wages, so it's a win, win.”

Avail’s technology has previously had notable features by Microsoft for the implementation of the Dynamics 365 and Azure cloud systems in its software. Microsoft Azure is currently being used by the Avail platform for advanced security and to assure compliance with industry regulations.

The disruption of the traditional agency model is what makes Avail innovative and needed in the logistics industry. Its straightforward platform spans across web, app and tablet formats, enabling hauliers to manage their drivers instantly from any device, 24/7. This is point of focus as the current regulations set out by the government surrounding businesses and the movement of individuals are continually changing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Avail’s CEO Erin Short goes on to explain how the platform can help hauliers adapt to current circumstances by the pandemic through the “user ease and friendly functionality of the platform” which is causing hauliers to “move away from traditional agencies to Avail”.

The process to employ temporary drivers is streamlined and transparent using Avail’s platform. Its intelligent algorithms match HGV drivers to jobs based upon the haulier’s preferences and requirements. A selection of drivers are then provided, detailing their driving experience and Avail star rating. Once selected, the driver completes the job, after which the haulier rates the driver and has the option to favourite the driver for repeat employment.

It’s been spot on, easy for me to set it up and organise everything.

Through the reduction of the high fees paid to traditional agencies, hauliers can save on average £4,000 per temporary driver a year. This is a large saving to hauliers affected by Covid-19, as it will free up resources to be used on developing their fleet as well as paying drivers a higher rate than agencies if they see fit.

Avail’s redefining of the temporary job market has come at a much-needed time as its charges are clear and the software easy to use. Avail is currently offering its services with an introductory free trial day for all hauliers whether they are suffering losses due to Covid-19 or not.

Avail’s previous clients had this to say about its free trial:

“I thought I’d give it a go as it was a free day’s work, it’s been spot on, easy for me to set it up and organise everything.”

“Using the app was quick enough and it saved me £400 on 1 driver last month in agency fees, so I can’t complain.”

Avail’s disruptive tech overall is the support the logistics industry needs right now, as hauliers are starting to feel the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For more information on how Avail can reduce your costs visit availhub.com/hauliers

What vans should have been at the CV Show 2020?

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This article was taken from the second issue of our Product Innovation Daily magazine series. Click here to read the second magazine, completely free.

This year’s CV Show would have given visitors an exciting glance at the latest van models due to be coming on to the market, so we have put together a handy round-up of what’s in the pipeline from some of the big manufacturers.

FORD

Ford was due to go big at the CV Show this year with an extra-long wheelbase, low-height L5 skeletal chassis, due to arrive mid-year and to be followed by ­a higher gross vehicle weight Transit van of 5 tonnes in the fourth quarter.

Springs, dampeners and suspension have all had to be modified to accommodate the change in GVW, which ­will increase from 4.7 tonnes to 5­tonnes – promising well in excess of 2.5­tonnes payload for a chassis cab and just under 2.5 tonnes for a panel van version. The largest model currently available is a Transit 470 L4H3, which has a payload of 2,169kg.

Also scheduled for an upgrade was the Ford Ranger pick-up truck, which would increase its GVW to 3.5 tonnes and would be joined by a Ranger chassis cab option.

Ford was planning to focus on its range of off-the-line conversions and had a couple of surprises up its sleeve for the show. Any new models will now probably make their debuts later in the year.

GROUP PSA

Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall were once again going to combine their models under a single Group PSA stand, with the focus set to be on the trio of new plug-in vans.

Electric versions of its shared-platform mid-size van would be making their global debuts, with the Citroën e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e all lining up alongside the regular diesel models in their ranges. Full specifications for the vehicles were being kept under wraps until the show and will now be revealed possibly as early as the end of the month instead – but what is known is that all models will come with the option of either a 75kW or a 50kW battery, giving a claimed range of up to 185 miles or 125­miles, respectively.

DACIA

Dacia, the popular budget brand owned by Renault, had booked space at this year’s CV Show, fuelling speculation that its popular Duster SUV was to return as a commercial vehicle. The four-wheel-drive Duster was available as a van conversion until the end of 2017, but has been missing from UK options lists since then.

RENAULT

Renault was to showcase its upcoming electrification plans for a range that already includes the Kangoo ZE and the Master ­ZE. While plans for an electrified Trafic are said to be some way off, another electric LCV model is being added to the range, it is thought. Already confirmed for launch at the show was a premium version of the mid-sized Trafic. The new Black Edition model, powered by the 170hp version of the 2-litre engine, will get black alloys, special graphics and a range of black details inside and out. Equipment includes parking sensors and climate control, and there is the option of a bodykit with side skirts, roof spoiler and a lower front bumper.

MAXUS

Maxus, formerly known as LDV, was all set to unveil its replacement for the V80 large van. The Maxus Delivery 9 is built on an all-new platform and is powered by a new 2-litre, 160hp engine with 375Nm of torque. It will be available in four lengths, with three roof heights, as well as a chassis cab version. The van will also have front- or rear-wheel-drive driveline options. In addition to changing its name, Maxus has also altered the name of the EV30 –­which was unveiled at the show last year. The new electric-only city van will now be called the eDeliver­3 and will be available to order with a 53kW battery capable of up to a claimed 150 miles.

LECV

London taxi maker LECV was to debut its new plug-in hybrid van at the ­CV Show, ahead of its arrival in the UK later this year. Based on the TX­ e-City taxi, the LECV VN5 is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine charging a battery capably of delivering up to 80 miles of emissions-free driving. The van also retains the taxi’s impressive 10.1m turning circle and­ has a 800kg payload and a load volume of 5cu m.