Not so long ago, the idea of a home delivery seemed rather old-fashioned. It was a relic from the days before supermarkets. A time before widespread car ownership, when the only way to buy more than you could carry was to arrange for it to be brought to your home in a delivery van.
Then the internet came along. Soon shoppers could browse, buy and have their goods delivered to their door in a couple of clicks. And demand for delivery drivers soared.
Growing demand for delivery drivers
The practice of online home shopping really took off with Amazon, originally just a supplier of books. Nowadays, you can buy almost anything from a plethora of internet stores. Furniture, food, clothing, household supplies… the range of goods is endless, and the number of companies supplying them is mushrooming.
As a result, online retailers are fiercely competitive. This is especially true when it comes to customer service. and nothing is more important to a customer than the prompt delivery of their order. This is where a skilled delivery driver can demonstrate their value to their employer – and advance their career by cherry picking the jobs with the best pay and conditions.
Diverse loads and a variety of vehicles
The kind of vehicle delivery drivers operate can vary according to the load being transported. For example, drivers delivering large or heavy objects, such as sofas and beds, will be provided with suitable means to load and unload the items, as well as specialist training.
The type of vehicle typically used for home deliveries is a fixed-body lorry with a trailer weighing up to 750kg. The licence required to drive this kind of vehicle is the Category C licence (sometimes known as the Rigid Lorry or Class 2 licence). At HGV Express, our expert instructors can teach you all the theory and practical skills you need to pass your Category C licence in as little as one week.
Managing routes and meeting customers
A typical day for a delivery driver can involve a number of drop-offs. A well-planned route is therefore essential, and a knowledge of the area will help you overcome unexpected hold-ups.
Deliveries will be made to a variety of businesses and householders – with destinations including offices, warehouses, pubs, hotels, schools and residential properties – so interpersonal skills and customer service are also very important.
To take advantage of the surge in employment opportunities for deliver drivers, contact HGV Express now. We can give you the expert training you need to get your licence, and valuable advice to help get your delivery driving career on the move.