There is reason to be hopeful for UK hauliers and logistics companies this week as a series of announcements suggest that businesses are stabilising and drivers are receiving recognition as key workers in unprecedented times.
As online electricals retailer AO announced its hunt for 250 new logistics professionals at its Crewe hub to complement the 225,000sq ft of additional warehouse space, Whistl drivers were named ‘HGV Heroes’.
The pandemic has altered consumer shopping patterns and encouraged a spike in online ordering. According to research by e.fundamentals, a digital shelf analytics provider, 45% of the UK completed a weekly shop online during lockdown. 2.7 million more households shopped online exclusively during this period, causing a shift in haulage volume and type.
David Ashwell, AO Logistics MD, said, “We’ve been quick to adapt to meet increased customer demand and we’re investing in the future, adding more space and hundreds of new, quality jobs for people in Cheshire and Staffordshire.” Finally, drivers for Whistl have been recognised for their work collecting and processing parcels and deliveries around the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nick Wells, Whistl chief executive said, of the RHA HGV Heroes campaign recognition, “We are pleased that the key worker status of the delivery industry has been recognised by these awards. Our transport team are an integral part of the business and it is important that they are recognised as the HGV Heroes they are.”
The campaign was designed to recognise the industry’s workers and celebrate those going the extra mile to help sustain the nation.