Never in modern times has that old adage, ‘necessity is the mother of invention,’ been more apt. With Coronavirus reaching every area of the globe, businesses worldwide have to adapt or face the consequences. For many, that includes how to use a courier service during these uncertain times.
This pandemic has not just affected the stock market and financial institutions. From the small UK high street retailer to large multinational companies, everyone across the world has been affected. Some, unfortunately, will not be re-opening when this pandemic is over, but for others, it provides the opportunity to re-assess their business model, consider new working practices, and improve their operations using a reputable national courier service.
Many businesses have closed their offices, and their staff work from home, keeping abreast of company activity using video-conferencing and Skype. Others have changed production practises, to allow employees to maintain social distancing while continuing to maintain output.
Changes are being made across all sectors of the manufacturing and retailing industries. Small and niche retailers, with no footfall through the doors due to lockdown, are learning how to use a courier service, and turning more to e-commerce and social media to promote their products, advertise new lines, and arrange deliveries. Restaurants and fast-food outlets are offering take-away and home delivery services to maintain some level of cash-flow. While other businesses are re-tooling their manufacturing plants to supply much needed PPE equipment, ventilators, and hand sanitisers to frontline NHS hospitals, care homes, and GP surgeries, using our national courier service.
With so much going on, now more than ever, a business has to learn how to adapt to using a courier service, if it is to maintain output and its reputation for reliability. In these trying times, the use of a high quality, professional courier service such as AAS is of paramount importance to get the product from supplier to customer quickly and efficiently.
Over 30 years of unbroken service
Since 1987, when two men started a local express courier service out of a small unit in Feltham, Associated Air Services (AAS) has grown to become one of the most highly regarded, wholly independent courier services, delivering your documents, parcels, pallets, and containers through our unique worldwide network. It’s no fluke we have survived and thrived these past 30 plus years. We navigated the recession of the 1990s, and the financial crash of 2008, by adapting to our client’s needs. Today, amid the current Covid-19 pandemic, we are again working hard with both established and new clients. Explaining how to use a courier service in the safest way possible for both employees and clients.
Many companies normally involved in the sale of leisure products, electronics and the like, are diversifying in an attempt to maintain some level of business activity. Instead, they are sourcing products such as soaps and face masks which are being bought in large quantities by the general population. These changes often require shipping goods from countries or suppliers said business has never dealt with before. At AAS, as a worldwide courier service, we have many years of experience in helping clients navigate through the reams of paperwork required for shipping to and from different countries.
That said, please be aware. With the reduction in business and reduced commercial flights to and from heavily hit areas, delivery times may be longer than you would normally experience. With this in mind, whether you are shipping products abroad, or expecting a delivery to the UK, allow extra time to ensure your package arrives at its destination on time.
Courier services are in high demand. With Amazon posting record-breaking sales week on week, and every kind of bricks-and-mortar establishment selling goods via the internet, it’s not surprising. Suddenly, everyone’s a courier service.
We don’t consider ourselves just another courier business. We consider ourselves an extension of every business, large or small, that we have the pleasure of working with. We also appreciate the level of concern this virus has generated. With this in mind, all our operators adhere to the latest guidance from Public Health England (PHE), when they go about their work. We also work closely with clients who have concerns about incoming materials and equipment, especially from areas/countries that are heavily affected by the virus. According to the latest scientific research, the risk of contamination in this way is minimal. Nonetheless, we are happy to offer help and advice as how to further reduce the risk of any contamination, whether it’s a container from China, or a document from Chingford.
When all this is finally over, many businesses will go back to the way they were before, thankful for the return to normality. Others will have used the need to change as a positive. Working not just to survive in this time of economic uncertainty, but as a chance to increase their customer base, streamline their business, and increase productivity. We sincerely hope you are one, and that we might be given the opportunity to play a part in, not just your survival, but also your ongoing success.
To find out more, get in touch with a member of our team today.