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Next day service to the Isle of Wight on the cards

By: David Howells
19 July 2011

Driver recruitment in the south coast could be on the rise with the announcement that the Isle of Wight will get a next day logistics delivery service.

Bournemouth based firm Shears has announced it will be offering the service within the coming months following high demand from islanders looking to send or receive things quickly over the Solent.

Shears already operates a service between the mainland and the Isle of Wight but is to ramp up the frequency after the requests to do so came in thick and fast.

"Over the past month, 28 per cent of consignments we received required a next day delivery," director of the business Ian Shears told

"So the implication is that there definitely is a demand and that depots are taking advantage of this new service."

The new initiative is set to lean heavily on Shears' affiliation with Wightlink ferries, with which it already has two daily bookings. It looks set to stretch to all consignments, from single pallets to half, quarter, Euro and multiple.

Concluding, Shears told "What we're planning to do is not only deliver goods from the mainland to the Isle of Wight, but... we can also collect goods from the island based customers for onward delivery throughout the UK.

"To ensure a high quality service with total control and flexibility, we are sending over our own regular drivers using vehicles from our fleet equipped with PDA technology for instant signature capture and proof of delivery."

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