EVERYONE – unless you are Roman Abramovich – can empathise with how expensive getting goods from one place to another can be.
Courier companies seem to be able to charge whatever they like because they know they are indispensable.
Most of us, at some stage, have gone through the rigmarole of trawling the net for delivery companies, or signing our lives away with a man and van – at great expense to our wallets and time off work.
Angus Elphinstone, the founder of Anyvan.com, realised the potential for solving these quandries when he ran a white van delivery business from 2006 to earlier this year.
Elphinstone, 27, was fed up with sitting in traffic jams with an empty load on his way back from a job…and came up with a revolutionary idea to save customers money – and help save the planet.
“After one fruitless return journey too many, I thought to myself; how can I be linked up with customers in the towns and cities I am travelling to, so that I can deliver their goods for my return journey to make full use of my trip,” he explains.
|The site uses a simple bidding system, like eBay|
“Moreover, I was also inundated with calls from customers who needed something moved but could not afford to pay me as a one-off job.
“Instead, they asked me to get in touch with them the next time I was going to where they needed their item shipped so that they could give me a surplus contribution towards a journey I was making anyway.”
That is the essence of Anyvan.com – a web-based transport exchange where customers who need goods shipped around the UK and abroad are matched with transport providers travelling to their desired direction anyway, saving the customer money – up to a staggering 85 per cent in some cases.
Anyvan.com is a goodwill message for customers who need to save money in harder times, and for transport providers to generate more business during the recession
It also generates more revenue for businesses making any type of delivery, from yachts to pianos to herds of cattle.
“We’ve had requests for all of these on our site,” says Elphinstone.
“Last week we had a customer who got his ferry and fuel back to Dublin paid for because he had space in his van to take someone’s garden furniture over to Ireland on his way back from a job in Liverpool.”
Anyvan.com is a goodwill message for customers who need to save money in harder times, and for transport providers to generate more business than they would have done during the recession.
No matter what you are moving: from a King-Sized bed to a framed picture of the Queen; a Grand Piano to a classic Capri; we’ll take care of it all the way from Penzance to Peterhead and beyond.