Following this week’s review of suitable days to accept live fish / live coral, please see below an overview table which outlines the dates that these can be shipped over the next two weeks.
Limited Service Re-instated For Live Fish/Coral
Following this week’s review of suitable days to accept live fish / live coral, we have decided that as we will be unable to ship any live fish / live coral week commencing 25th May following the bank holiday, we will allow live fish / live coral shipments on 2 days next week, therefore APC will accept these shipments on Tuesday 19th May & Wednesday 20th May.
After Wednesday 20th May, it is currently our intention to recommence live fish / live coral shipments week commencing 1st June. This will be reviewed and confirmed nearer the time whether we accept shipments on one or two days of that week.
“We’re committed to providing essential parcel collection and delivery services nationally on behalf of our SME customers during these times of need.”
The logistics industry has been thrown into the limelight in recent weeks, with delivery companies playing an integral role in keeping essential items moving and supplying communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Delivery drivers – now classed as key workers – are quite rightly being increasingly recognised as un-sung heroes, with so many of them committed to keep serving the needs of the nation.
Though recent weeks have proved challenging for the industry – with daily changes and increased demand for essential goods being seen across networks – the dedication of workforces across our network has been critical in ensuring that we can help keep the country moving.
But while the coming weeks and months are uncertain, one thing that is certain is our industry must continue to rise to the challenges, remaining focused to ensure we can fully utilise any capacity across the network to help those that need it most, in the communities that we serve.
The Midlands will play a pivotal role in this. As a region that has had long significance to the UK’s logistics infrastructure, its position and accessibility means that it is perfectly placed to be at the hub of movements across the UK. Now, more than ever this role is key and it’s vital that we manage this carefully.
While there are processes being put into place to ease the safe transportation of goods, more must be done to ensure that the entire capacity of the logistics industry is employed to full effect during this crisis period. Safety is central to the industry successfully doing its bit for the national effort, with contactless collection and delivery – something that The APC put into place three weeks ago – paramount to driver safety and social distancing rules.
Properly supplying the thousands of communities across the country is critical to weathering the storm during this pandemic. For delivery companies such as The APC, which is the only delivery company that specialises in SMEs, ensuring that these businesses continue to have safe access to their communities remains a priority.
SMEs have long been the backbone of the UK economy and they will now play a major role in helping consumers through this crisis. Data from CACI estimates that 59% of shoppers expect to do more buying locally, rather than at major shopping locations. This clearly demonstrates that the delivery of items from SMEs has never been more important to benefit both their economic future and their consumers’ wellbeing.
While the Midlands has a proud heritage in logistics, our network of over 100 depots across the UK remain ingrained in the local communities they serve and dedicated to supporting those in need. Increasingly we are seeing some fantastic examples of this across our network – just this week one member depot, Swift Logistics, has announced it will be working alongside Age Concern and other local businesses to help deliver hot meals to the most vulnerable elderly in West Berkshire.
In these unprecedented times it’s incredible to see examples of such resilience and commitment from all of the brilliant delivery teams and other front-line workers across the country. We want to continue to do everything possible to help support those in need, across the communities we serve, and to play our part in helping businesses and consumers through this crisis.
The APC is offering to support the NHS, medical suppliers, supermarkets, Government and all of those that are trying to get essential supplies to the public. We encourage them all to get in touch – our network of SME depots cover the length and breadth of the UK and are eager to help the communities we have served for over 25 years.
to both our own employees and all the other key workers far and wide. You are doing an absolutely amazing job. Let’s keep making a difference together.
This week APC has seen unprecedented volumes of freight going through the network which has surpassed even Christmas numbers, generally the busiest time of the year. This has been whilst adhering to government guidelines for social distancing across all aspects of the business.This has certainly been challenging to service the increased demand in freight whilst maintaining Health & Safety at the forefront of how we continue to operate, something which the whole logistics sector has experienced this week due to unprecedented demand in the B2C market.
At all the depot’s and main hub we are striving to do everything within our power to move as much of freight as safe as possible. All available staff are assisting to make deliveries out in the field. While APC are endeavouring to do everything they can to make sure that parcels are delivered next day it is important that we are realistic that with the Health & Safety measures in place and unprecedented volumes this may cause possible delays. We would recommend that receivers are told that there could be up to a 48 hours delay for reasons mentioned.
Temporary Suspension of Live Fish/Coral Service
Whilst there has been an unprecedented spike in freight moving through the network with immediate effect live fish & coral consignments are temporarily suspended. For the welfare of the live fish, it is best they remain with the sending customer.
With the increase in the number of perishables being sent through the network at this moment in time, it is important that businesses despatch mindfully – ideally phasing volumes across the week. Please be aware that sending high volumes at any one time of perishable goods is done so at the senders own risk as some depots may not achieve a next day service.
We would like to thank you for your continued support in these challenging times.
In response to the continuing Coronavirus situation APC is making an updated operational change in order to maintain service levels during these unusual circumstances.
Limited Service Re-instated For Live Fish/Coral
With immediate effect live fish & coral consignments can be sent through the network on a limited basis, these will only permitted to be inputted into the network on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening.
On behalf of Courier Logistics, I wanted to say a personal thank you to all our amazing colleagues, whether in the depot or homeworking we couldn’t make this happen without you.
Whilst facing adversity and unprecedented times head on they have remained committed and determined to maintaining service levels and supply chains for our country.
I couldn’t be prouder of the workforce we have at Courier Logistics.
Due to the current Coronavirus situation, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure the correct recipient is available to take delivery.
Businesses understandably will be selective with opening times or are going to be unmanned due to staff shortages and isolation.
Because of this, it is imperative a full and correct phone number is applied to ALL jobs now moving forward.
Please assist us with providing this important information which will in turn support us to fulfil deliveries as best we can during these difficult times.
In response to the continuing Coronavirus situation APC are making a number of operational changes in order to maintain service levels during these unusual circumstances. These updates will remain in place until further notice and have been made in order to firstly protect the safety and well being of staff and our customers across the country, but also aim to maintain service levels.
Collect From Depot – Option suspended
Due to social distancing measures in place it has become necessary to limit footfall into depots. APC will therefore be suspending the collect from depot functionality within the network, redeliveries can be arranged but not a collect from depot option.
Suspension of Live Fish/Movement of Bees
With immediate effect APC will no longer be accepting Live fish/bees within the network until further notice. This has been implemented as delays may be experienced in this service.
Suspension of Same Day PURS – next day booking only
To ease the pressure on delivery drivers, APC will be suspending same day PURs, with effect from Wednesday 25th March PURs are for next day collection and not same day action.