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SMEs' demand for vans increases

By: Deborah Bates
12 January 2011

The demand from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for vans may ultimately mean a growth in driver recruitment.

Automotive expert Alex Wright has spoken out about the growing trend in Fleet News, claiming: "There is currently a pent up demand from small companies looking to buy a van. The demand will be strong enough to force end users, such as SMEs, back to seriously considering buying new vehicles again."

Once the SMEs make their investment, it may be next their next to step is to declare "drivers wanted" and increase their logistics recruitment - particularly as the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) yesterday announced a skills shortage of delivery drivers. 

This news may prompt more professionals to obtain driver training to take advantage of this lucrative period.

Additionally, companies have been impressed by the dedication shown by drivers through December's adverse weather conditions. "We have seen drivers going to extraordinary lengths, and displaying incredible skills, in order to keep Britain stocked with its daily needs," claimed the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Steve Agg.

"Drivers deserve our admiration, congratulations and thanks for the way in which they have stuck to their task, displayed innovation and in most cases, delivered the goods," he argued in Retail Gazette. A particularly heroic case was highlighted by Sainsbury's who revealed: "In Ripley, driver Simon Wheatley had to walk a customer's shopping half a mile in the snow to get to her and the customer had nothing but praise for him."


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