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Music on the move…what drives you?

As a Kent Courier, we here at JDL Deliveries cover a fair few miles every year and, of course, we like a singalong to some tunes whilst we’re carrying your business.

So what we’d like are your favourite tunes, tracks, albums or stations that help you behind the wheel.  Feel free to add your comments as to why they’re your favourite and the reason we like the most will win an exclusive JDL Deliveries prize!!!

So literally what are you waiting for – this is a chance to share your driving musical tastes and possibly win yourself a prize too!  Don’t be shy, because after all; sharing is caring…

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So JDL…what is it you actually do as a business?

In an earlier blog, we pointed out what the difference between a dedicated Kent courier like JDL Deliveries Ltd and a multi drop one, that usually brings you your online purchases, if you’re that keen to read all about it, have a click here.

However that is all well and good, but I thought we’d embellish the point with some pictures, as after all, they do say a thousand words…

So a dedicated courier service is usually found at partner companies to assist in the day to day logistical needs of an organisation.  This usually involves the collect of pallets or large, specialist items in environments such as:

 Or these:

These are then often delivered to business addresses in order for the company to carry on with their day to day trading without having to chase up their orders.  These drops are often delivered to trading estates for quick unloading as can be seen here:

Or here:

However because of the flexibility of the JDL Deliveries fleet we also provide tail lifts and pump trucks eg:

Which facilitate the ability to deliver heavy items, sometimes even to private residences (often undergoing building works), in vehicles that can go wherever your common or garden estate car or large 4×4 is able to drive into, such as:

We also specialise in the delivery of important documentation, even if it is to one of the top floors of the Shard:

Or in the centre of London:

Or elsewhere in London:

Not also forgetting that our chilled courier service allows us to control the temperature of produce should the need arise:

On top of this (still keeping note?!?), we also have an extensive range of specialist services we can bring to the fore, these include hiab deliveries:

And also lorry deliveries ranging from 7.5t:

To articulated vehicles:

So there you go then – we here at JDL Deliveries deliver stuff; a lot of stuff, that’s what our business does!

Until next time…

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A happy Easter to all from JDL Deliveries Limited

So then…another holiday is soon to fall upon us and the Kent courier JDL Deliveries not only says “bring it on!”   We also state you cannot possibly elicit maximum enjoy of any holiday period without a list of irreverent facts to accompany it.  So in finest JDL Deliveries blog tradition here comes a list…

  1.  Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians. That’s because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.
  2. Easter eggs and the giving of them as gifts actually pre-dates Easter, as many cultures consider it a symbol of rebirth since the times of the Ancient Egyptians and Persians, hence it’s adoption by Christians.
  3. The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th Century, whilst in the midlands, John Cadbury made the first “Cadbury” Easter eggs in 1875.
  4. On average a child in the UK will receive 8.8 Easter eggs this year.  The number they get to eat before their parents “test” them remains to be seen…
  5. The first chocolate egg for Easter was made in 1873 by a company in Bristol called Fry’s.
  6. The word “Easter” occurs only once in the King James Bible (Acts 12:4), whilst elsewhere in the King James version, the word “Passover” is used.
  7. Unlike Christmas, Easter was declared a movable festival by early Christians.  Easter Sunday would fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.  However, this was not the real full moon, but the “ecclesiastical full moon” as calculated by the church.
  8. Sales at Easter time make up 10% of UK chocolate spending for the whole year.
  9. Ever wondered what the specific term used for the practice of Easter egg painting is?  Well it is called “Pysanka”.
  10. With all those eggs and other yummy chocolaty treats for family friends, it should be no surprise to you that each household spends an average of £75 on Easter per year.

So whatever the Easter bunny brings you this year, you at least have a bit of (useless) knowledge about Easter and its links to chocolate eggs.

Just as an aside…if you need a Kent courier to carry your business, we’re currently giving away a FREE (yes, I did say “free”) Easter egg with each order this week, so call 0800 0192 530 with your requirement to accompany your chocolate.

If you don’t need us, I hope you enjoyed reading and until next time…

 

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In the summer time when the weather is hot, you’ve got drivin’ on your mind…

Mungo Jerry said it; in the summer time you’ve got women on your mind, you have a drink and a drive and go out and see what you can find.  In the best traditions of a Kent courier like JDL Deliveries and our blogging output we’ve put together a list for driving safely in the summer time.

  1. Drinking and driving – don’t take Mungo’s example. Don’t drink and drive (alcohol that is).  It isn’t big, it isn’t clever and it’s highly illegal.  Tempting as it is to pull into a lovely olde worlde pub on a country drive and sink a few ales in the garden, if you’re driving home, just don’t!
  2. Your vehicle and make sure it is properly maintained.  Make sure your oil and water is topped up, your tyres have enough tread and are set to the correct pressure, just common sense really, but remember higher temperatures can put additional strain on your vehicle.
  3. Make sure your air conditioning is topped up.  If you’ve got it, then use it.  There is nothing worse than driving whilst nodding off in the heat of a sweaty car cabin.  Keep yourself cool as a cucumber.
  4. Carry an emergency breakdown kit.  Vehicles do break down, even the best maintained ones, or you might even come across someone who has been in an accident or injured.  So just in case, experts recommend having first-aid supplies, a hazard triangle for when your car is stuck at the side of the road, a can of tire sealant if you’ve got one of those cars with no spare wheels, jump leads, a torch with fresh batteries and a pair of gloves. If you’re traveling off-road or in lightly populated areas, it is also wise to carry warm clothing, food and water.
  5. People.  They can be unpredictable beasts, especially if they’ve gone for Mungo’s drink and have left the car behind afterwards to walk home.  In any case, people walk. They run. They bike. They chase Frisbees into the street. They might not be paying much attention as they frolic in the sunshine. As a driver, your job is to watch out for them.
  6. A bugbear of ours; large vehicles – watch out for them as they have large blind spots and take a long time to stop. As such, it is dangerous for motorists to travel unnecessarily in lanes adjacent to large trucks. Either pass the truck or tuck in behind it. Don’t sit in the lane next to it if you have a choice. More importantly, it is dangerous for motorists to cut in front of a truck and then apply the brakes, for any reason. Articulated vehicles are very heavy, take a long time to slow down and stop and are not as nimble as a car in their handling.  For example, if you’re about to miss your exit or turn, it’s better to find a safe place to turn around and double back instead of diving in front of a truck and then slamming on the brakes to make your last-minute move.

Well, there’s six of the best, we hope you find them of some sort of use.  If you’ve got your own extra points to add, you know what to do.

Until next time…

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Phones, car seats – it’s all change as from 1st March

So here we are then, already into the third month of 2017 and already there has been a pretty hefty shift in legislation that affects your behaviour and the penalties you could face if your behaviour goes against what is demanded behind the wheel.

To be honest, you’d have to have been living under a stone to not know that from 1st March 2017 that greater penalties are now to be directed against anybody who uses a device capable of receiving phone calls or an internet signal.  Whilst this has been illegal since 2003, regular polls show a high instance of drivers still choosing to ignore the legislation, hence now drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel will now receive a fine of £200, double the previous charge.  The maximum fine a car to motorbike driver could receive is £1,000 if your case goes to court. Bus and HGV drivers could see their fine increasing to £2,500.   In addition, motorists who have had their licences for less than two years could well be banned if they use their device just once and have to repeat both their theory and practical test.

Remember – This law still applies even if you are stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or if the engine is running. 

In addition, and this is something that has seemingly come in without being noticed, are the laws on children’s booster seats, so here is a breakdown:

  1. Backless booster seats can only be used for children over 125cm tall and who weigh more than 3st 6.5lbs.
  2. Children must use a car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall.
  3. Only EU approved car seats can be used in the UK.
  4. Children can travel without a car seat if the journey is unexpected, necessary or over a short distance (over three years old only).
  5. Children up to 15 months old must be in a rear facing car seat, after 15 months they can move into a forward facing one.
  6. Children can travel in a taxi without a seatbelt, but must sit in the rear of the car & if over three wear an adult seatbelt.
  7. Children can travel in a coach without a seatbelt.
  8. If you are in a car without a seatbelt then children under three cannot travel in it.
  9. If you have lots of kids – and there isn’t room for a third car seat. the third child can either travel in the front with a car seat, or in the back without one if over three years old.

The new laws for backless booster seats only apply to manufacturers and the labelling of new seats on sale, please make sure that you read up on these laws as you will face a £500 fine if you are found travelling with your child in the incorrect seat requirements for their age, height and weight.

So whatever you’re doing behind the wheel, this Kent courier implores you to do it safely and legally.

Until next time…

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How does JDL Deliveries differ from a multi drop courier?

Kent Courier

“Courier”…so defined in British English as:

a person or company that takes messages, letters, or parcels from one person or place to another: I want to have this package delivered by motorcycle courier.

This is a rather limited description, as a Kent courier such as JDL Deliveries does literally move anything anywhere, but as a definition it does give you the basic idea of what courier work is.

However, when you speak to the public, the perception of a courier is an individual whom works on behalf of an internet seller who delivers your new mobile phone or iPad, doing anything from 60-150 of these kind of drops a day.  This perception is quite deep seated and it even extends to when we’re talking to insurance companies who struggle to differentiate companies such as JDL from multi drop firms.

So what are the key differences between JDL Deliveries as  a Kent courier from multi drop work?  If you’re a reader of the JDL Deliveries blog you can probably guess that there is a list fast approaching…

  1. The customer base.  It sounds obvious, but the multi drop trade is delivering to the general public (B2C as we like to say) whereas our business is about carrying your business, therefore we tend to have a customer base of organisations rather then individuals.  This is not to say that we don’t also deal directly with the general public (rushing them forgotten iPads seems to be the flavour of the month at the moment), but 98% of our trade is B2B.
  2. The number of drops we do.  We at JDL run what is known as a dedicated courier service, this in effect means that we take one product from point A and deliver it to your customer at point B.  Granted we may be commissioned by the same person at point A to also go onto maybe a point C and a D as well, but it is a pre-planned and priced for delivery schedule.  We certainly don’t do 100 drops per day, each a small item, this ensures that with our sophisticated vehicle tracking you are in control of your delivery at all points.
  3. The range of services we offer.  Have a look at the items displayed on the back of a couple of our vans at the top of the page.  We are more of a logistics solution company as is demanded by the modern business rather than just a van with boxes and a sat nav in it.  Take for example this curtain sider: It is equipped with a pallet truck, a trolley, a tail lift for pallets up to 500kg, access to either side via the curtains, a carrying capacity of 1200kg, an ability to take up to six standard UK pallets and all of this is available in a van that can go pretty much anywhere a large family car is able to go.  With such versatility it is no wonder it is a favourite of our customers for their delivery needs.
  4. The variety of our work.  One day we might be delivering fruit, the next important documentation, the day after 5 metre long steel pipes.  The variety is endless; yesterday for example we had several vans in London delivering employee information documents, visa documents, apple and preservative sames plus an antique bench to a second floor flat.  We certainly get to see the sights:
    Going up in the world at the Shard

    Big Ben at dusk
  5. The fact we get the job done.  There is no such thing for a Kent courier like JDL Deliveries as a “Sorry you were out when I attempted delivery” card.  Our drivers are prepped to know what to expect at the drop off point and with years of experience of delivering across this fine country of ours and beyond, are adept at getting your goods to the destination required, whether it be in a central city location or in the middle of the country side.

We do hope that this has given you an insight into the world of JDL Deliveries.  If you’d like more enlightenment be sure to tune into the blog on a regular basis.

Until next time…

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Fog Lights – When To Use Them – A Kent Courier’s Tips

Fog lights, fog lights, fog lights…you’ve got to love them haven’t you?  This Kent courier certainly does as their warming red glow dazzles you on motorways in heavy rain or at traffic lights on a pristine clear night having driven through a 100 yard wide fog bank 10 miles previously.

So why is it that a safety device on your vehicle is used so inappropriately on such a high number of occasions?  Psychologists often say that being in a vehicle is like being in your own bubble.  The temperature is to your own liking.  The music is to your own liking.  The seating position is to your own liking.  Basically, it’s your space inside and because of this, you’re less likely to appreciate the outside world as it cannot possibly affect you inside your bubble.  Once you’ve switched your fog lights on in that small bank of fog, their impact on drivers behind you is of no consequence to you in your bubble, even when they’ve long since stopped being required.

However miss-use of fog lights can have consequences for you; the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations (1989) prohibits the use of front and rear fog lights to dazzle other drivers when visibility is not reduced or when the vehicle is parked.  Using fog lights in drizzle and rain is therefore not allowed.  You are even eligible for a fine from the police if caught.

Under instruction from the Highway Code (rule 226), fog lights should only be used in the fog, when visibility drops below 100 metres (328 feet) which is roughly the length of a football pitch.  However if you’re found to not have used your fog lights whilst driving in fog that necessitated their use, and you have an accident, your insurance can be invalidated.  So it’s a fine line, however it is a line that can be kept to as long as you use common sense and only use your fog lights as and when they’re needed and not as a default!

So remember please, you are in a ton or more of metal moving at significant speed on occasions.  You are not in a bubble and you have influence on your external environment.  Take this Kent courier‘s advice as it has come from several hundred years worth of driving experience behind us!

Until next time…

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Is it over for social media as a selling tool?

A little bit off tangent for today’s blog, because I’d like a chat about social media.  Now it seems it is THE thing for business and everyone says that if you’re not on social media you’re simply not there at all.  We are told that to the millenials, social media is the only way that they can connect to brands and old ways of marketing and networking are long dead.  This does of course ignore the fact that most millenials as a buying demographic are the first generation since God knows when to have less disposable income than the generation who proceeded it.  Does the savvy business have to invest the time, energy and money to connect with this group, knowing that there are more fruitful alternatives out there whom might not see social media as the be-all and end-all of their brand interaction.

Take us at JDL Deliveries for example…we’ve got a decent enough website, a new app coming soon (oooohhh!), and a social media presence, but avert your gaze to the top of the page and look at one of our vans.  As a marketing bang to the buck, sign writing has proved a very decent yield.  Maybe the average punter has been turned off on social media because of the constant stream of “buy my stuff” in this format.  In the end everyone on social media is just saying the same thing and very few people seemingly have the wit and skill to stand out from the crowd and do something different.  In much the same way that television advertising in the 1970s, 80s and 90s became a skill and in some instances the adverts were actually better than the programs and are still fondly remembered…R Whites Lemonade, Shake & Vac, Um Bongo, Tango…the list goes on.  How many social media posts do you remember in the same manner?  Social media as an advertising is still in it’s infancy, but it does seem strange that it hasn’t learnt the lessons of other forms of advertising that came before it and made itself cutting edge or something people genuinely have affinity with.

We’ve got no axe to grind with social media as a strategy, but in our humble opinion, if you’re putting all your advertising eggs in the social media basket, you’re asking for trouble, in spite of what your social media guru is telling you in your £75 a month master class.  Keep your options and budget open, of course integrate social media into an overall strategy, but also be smart and savvy and make sure you find out what works for you and your customers and then implement it!

Until next time.

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Do you wanna build a snowman…

Yes, it’s snowing!  Yes it can be a pain, but this Kent courier has vans on the road today making sure we’re carrying our customer’s expectations (as well as their loads) is and safe, courteous and efficient manner.  However because it’s snowing today, for no other reason than it’s fun, here is a picture of a Lego snowman that was transported by JDL Deliveries to a photo shoot last summer:

If that isn’t enough, here is a real one I made with my little boy last night (we started making a snow dog too, but after two hours snowball fighting and building, we called it a day):

 However frivolity aside, we have already done one blog on winter driving and maintenance tips.  I would urge you to read it, so have a quick clickity click here.

So it is a brief blog today, but make sure you drive safe and smart in the snow.

Until next time.

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The driving charter – interesting facts about being behind the steering wheel

Well, well, well so here we are in 2017 & I bid you a welcome to the first JDL Deliveries, (the quality Kent courier‘s), blog of the new year.  In the best traditions of JDL’s blogs throughout 2016, we’re going to do a list, and the reason we’re going to do another one is because we like them, so there!

This one is going to be some startling (some not so possibly) facts that come from our love affair of being behind the wheel.  So hold onto your hats and let us get going shall we!

  1. Did you know that 92% of us consider themselves “good drivers”, however…65% also admit to breaking the 70mph speed limit and almost one in six UK motorists have been caught speeding in the last five years.  Not any of our drivers of course!
  2. In the whole of the United Kingdom, the highest concentration of pink cars occurs in Ipswich.
  3. The UK driving test has a pass rate of only 50.2%…yes that does seem quite low doesn’t it?
  4. The total road length in the UK in 2012 was estimated to be 245,400 miles.  Rumours that at least 200,000 miles of these have either roadworks or traffic cones on them is, of course, complete nonsense…
  5. When you’re driving your vehicle at 30mph your brain will take in an average of 1320 pieces of information a minute (that’s 22 things a second), so make sure you’re not touching that mobile phone when you get a text message.
  6. Travelling at 80mph uses 11% more fuel than travelling at 70mph, yet saves you just five and a half minutes on a 50 mile trip. Even travelling at 75mph uses 6% more fuel, yet saves just three minutes. At almost £5 per gallon, those small percentages soon add up to much bigger fuel bills.
  7. Friction with the road warms the air in your tyres, creating a false reading when checking tyre pressure. So always make sure you check your tyres ‘cold’ before you set off, rather than en route.
  8. Your instincts may tell you exactly the opposite, but if you find yourself skidding on ice, the best thing to do is to turn into the skid. Trying to turn the car out of the skid will just make it worse.
  9. Britons spend 454 days of their life just sitting in traffic, just as an aside, we offer a quick and self updating traffic report service by clicking right here.
  10. One quarter of drivers have not had an eye test in two years and it is estimated that the actual cost of poor driver vision annually is £33 million and some 2,900 road casualties.  Remember; keep ’em peeled and get ’em checked too!

So there we go then, 10 facts or anecdotes as quick as a flash.  I hope you’ve found them as useful as we have…

Until next time.

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