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Internet Marketing – For Best Results Hire a Consultant

May 30 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

If you are planning to build a website and market it, then the first thing that you need to do is hire a consultant. It is actually important to hire a consultant as he/she can better assist you for marketing. This will make sure that the marketing efforts you are making are real success. No doubt; the fee is high, but the marketing results that you will get are awesome.

It is really important to hire a marketing consultant even if you have little knowledge about Internet marketing. This way; you will get additional assistance and ideas to market your products and services.

The most important thing that you need to consider while hiring a consultant is to hire a right consultant. There are numerous options available as Internet marketing is a huge industry. Whatever idea you apply, it will surely give some good results.

All the consultants are not same as some give better results as compared to other. So to hire a consultant you need to check some characteristics. No doubt; you will find a consultant that will not cost you much, but it is not the only factor. The most important factor is past experience and performance. You can compare the fee of similar experienced consultants, but comparing the fee of an experienced consultant and a beginner is not recommended.

Experienced consultant is really important as he/she has knowledge about the techniques that work best. This will save a lot of time and money as there is not much time wasted in experimentation. The right techniques are directly applied to get the best results. Also, experienced customers are skilled and ready to answer your questions. They are better in informing about the progress of the visitors. Obviously, it is important as everybody is interested in getting reports of the visitors and purchases.

Past experience is important as those who gave great results will surely give great results. This means past performance is the best indicator of future performance. I am not saying that the performance of new consultants is always bad, but there is a lot of risk involved. You should feel confident while putting your website in somebody’s hands.

Once you finalize the consultants from which you want to choose, it is the time to evaluate the price. No doubt there are many consults that may charge you really less, but the results may not be good. When you are final with the experience and performance, then compare the prices and choose the best.

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DNDP: Providing Flexible Courier Work in Scotland

May 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

People who suffer from long-term health problems or disabilities often have a difficult time finding jobs that can be adapted to suit their everyday needs. Thankfully, the Scottish company DNDP have been working towards changing this, and making courier work more flexible and accessible for disabled drivers.
What They Do

DNDP have been building their company for over two years, and since then have helped more than 50 people move into either employment or self-employment. By giving their drivers flexible shifts, this has meant that employees can balance their courier work with the time that they need to take care of themselves. Many workplaces do not offer this flexibility with the job, so DNDP has been a real game-changer for many ill or disabled workers.

The company also offers work experience placements for the local college students, providing them with the vital and necessary skills to move forward into adult life. It also prepares them for potential future work in other commercial environments, which is extremely valuable when these more flexible jobs are so limited. Being familiar with this adult work is a massively useful skill.

Funding

Originally, drivers at DNDP were having to use their own personal cars, which as well as being inconvenient, limited the driver to single deliveries. In order to take on corporate courier work, the company needed to invest in some vans which would allow them to complete multi-drop jobs.

Their first idea was to purchase some electric vans, however, it soon became clear that these were not going to be as profitable as DNDP would have liked. The battery life of electric vans would not be suitable for their work because in winter months, they would only be able to travel a third of the distance they travelled in summer before having to recharge.

With the help of Resilient Scotland, who offered them a part-loan, part-grant, the company was able to buy two new vans. This eventually enabled them to secure two housing association contracts, with others in the pipeline for the future.

A Huge Success

This ever-growing company has so far been relatively successful in helping its local disabled population, and hope that with more funding this success can continue to grow. Workers have been able to improve their confidence through training, meaning that new opportunities are becoming more and more open to them. Eventually, this could help them move towards other jobs besides courier work, such as an administrative role.

With further funding, hopefully DNDP will continue to expand and offer more placements and job prospects to those who have difficulty finding employment. It is encouraging to know that businesses in the courier industry are beginning to understand and accept the health needs of their workers.

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Hydro-Genius: Have We Found A Potential Courier Emissions Solution?

May 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Reducing carbon emissions is a difficult business, particularly in the courier industry where driving long distances on the roads is a given. Several new solutions are being tried and tested, but hydrogen is one of the most recent alternatives to be put forward. Could this be the answer to reducing fossil fuel consumption?
The Future of Fuel

As yet, there are no vehicles powered solely by this chemical element that are commercially available, but manufacturers are looking towards producing them in the near future. At the moment, hybrids are being used, which combine compressed hydrogen with either petrol or diesel to power the automobile.

How does it Work?

To power a vehicle using hydrogen, it must either be burnt in an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) or used through a Fuel Cell. Currently, for Internal Combustion Engine Diesel hybrids (known as ICED’s), the compressed hydrogen is stored in tanks and then used in combination with diesel or petrol. There is a small number of these ‘green’ vans which are available at present, but many more are still in production as manufacturers work towards reducing emissions by 70%.

For Fuel Cell Vehicles, (FCVs) the hydrogen fuel is used to generate electricity which powers the automobile. For this option, car and bus models are available, but unfortunately no van models have been manufactured, so this is not yet a viable option for a courier driver.

The Pros

• If the hydrogen in a hybrid runs out, the automobile will simply operate on the diesel as a conventional van would. • Having a green vehicle could help you avoid taxes and fines, particularly since the government are becoming increasingly concerned with pollution. Regulations are likely to become stricter in the future, so a hybrid will probably be an excellent investment in the long run. • Hybrids are extremely similar to standard diesel vans in terms of how they are to drive, so if you are a courier driver, they will feel similar to operate. • The load space is not affected by the added storage tanks. • Tailpipe emissions are lower than diesel automobiles.

The Cons

• ICED’s still produce harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, so are not completely eco-friendly. • There are currently just 13 refuelling stations in the UK for hybrid cars. This limits operation ranges since a courier driver would have to stay within a relatively close range to these stations. • Payload would be slightly reduced due to the storage tanks.

If you are a courier driver and keen to move forward to a hybrid van, it may be a few more years before it would be an effective choice for your business. Being limited by the proximity of the refuelling stations is certainly not ideal, but the possibility of having an eco-friendly fleet is something you can definitely look forward to.

Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world’s largest neutral trading hub for same day courier drivers in the express freight exchange industry. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.

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Lucky in Leeds: How the Council are Helping the Haulage Industry

May 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Leeds City Council is making moves to help out those working in the haulage industry by re-working a few regulations and encouraging governmental support. To begin with, the fee for non-Euro-6 HGV’s entering the city’s Clean Air Zone is being reduced from £100 to £50. Drivers will welcome the chance to save a bit of cash and make their haulage jobs in the area more profitable and this reduction in fees is the first of several suggested changes. Read on for more.
Long-awaited Support

As well as reducing the fee, the council plans to scale back the charging zone boundary. This will mean less of an economic impact on the businesses using the routes, with a little more leeway to travel free of charge. They are also suggesting that drivers should only be charged once per day, no matter how many CAZ’s they enter while carrying out their haulage jobs. This policy is being pushed on a national level and, again, the economic impact for companies will be significantly reduced if successful.

In addition, the local council is calling on the government to aid haulage businesses in other ways. Both retrofit accreditation and manufacturing funding have been suggested as ways to increase the number of low-emission vehicles being approved and available for local haulage companies. The impact of this could be huge, particularly if the idea spreads to other large cities with similar volumes of traffic.

Doing Their Bit

The Leeds City Council has not stopped there. They have recently introduced a few strategies for their own fleet, with the view to further lowering harmful emissions (clearly they can’t get enough of being eco-friendly). Already they have one of the largest local authority fleets of ‘green’ vehicles, but have promised to buy a further 200 electric vans by the year 2020. This action could also encourage other fleet owners to follow suit and invest in electric or alternative fuel vehicles.

The council has also appealed to have a refuelling station built for HGV drivers to use, where alternative fuels including CNG, LNG and (eventually) hydrogen will be available to purchase. Having more refuelling stations will increase the number of haulage jobs that can be completed using low-emission vehicles, since drivers will not have to limit themselves quite as much to the proximity of fuel stations.

Will This Be Enough?

The industry holds out hope for a positive response from the government regarding these potential changes as they have the potential to dramatically reduce not only harmful emissions, but overheads for haulage companies as well. It may seem expensive to finance the development of fuel stations, for example, but in the long run, having a more eco-friendly delivery industry will benefit everyone in the wider community.

In a world where more and more businesses are using more and more resources, any success in reducing emissions and creating a ‘greener’ transport industry should be greatly encouraged. In the future, with more initiatives like these ones, haulage jobs could end up being completely eco-friendly – and that’s certainly something to be celebrated!

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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching haulage jobs with available drivers. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.

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What Kind of HGV License is Right for You?

May 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

Are you looking for a new job? Perhaps you’re considering a career change? If you enjoy the freedom of being out on the road, becoming a professional driver is a great way to build a sustainable career and earn good money at the same time.
When you’re just starting a new job, it can be difficult to know how to progress – and the last thing you want is to get stuck in a rut. This article will take you through some basic haulage career requirements, explaining which qualifications you should train for and when. By gaining these of credentials, you will expand your skills and become a more flexible – and therefore more employable – driver. The more qualified you are, the more jobs you can take up.

Which License Do You Need?

The sensible place to start is with a HGV Cat 1 license. This is the first step up from a simple car license and allows you to drive rigid vehicles from 3,500 to 7,500 kilograms.

How to Get the HGV Cat C1

Training for this qualification will help you get you started on your haulage career. Requirements include:

• A valid car driving license • Passing a medical exam • Being at least eighteen years old

The medical exam will confirm that you are fit to drive a vehicle professionally and will include an eye test, amongst other things. Don’t worry if you need to wear glasses or contact lenses as this will not disqualify you. To keep the qualification up to date you will have to take 35 hours of Periodic CPC training every five years once you have gained the license. Bear in mind that the HGV Cat C1 does not allow you to drive anything with a trailer, and to do this you will have to upgrade to a Cat C1 + E.

The Next Step: LGV/HGV Cat 2

To build on your training, you should work toward the LGV/HGV license. This allows you to drive vehicles up to 3,500 kilograms with trailers up to 750 kilograms. These are the kinds of trucks you see transporting goods all over the country, as well as into Europe – and the license is ideal for progressing your haulage career. Requirements are very similar to those listed above.

Looking Forwards: The HGV Cat C + E

The HGV Cat C + E license, also known as a Class 1 license, allows you to drive a vehicle over 7.5 tonnes with a separate or detachable trailer. Of course you must be over eighteen years old and be able to drive a car legally. Before you can start training for this qualification you must have passed a theory exam and take a medical test. The Cat C is the standard for most professional drivers, so investing in this next step will help set you above the competition.

This article clarifies the haulage career requirements you need to know in order to get started on a long lasting and sustainable career in the industry. Good luck.

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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange is the leading service for matching haulage jobs with available vehicles. They also provide expert articles on subjects like haulage career requirements and other related topics. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships

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Driver Dilemmas: To Diesel or Not to Diesel

May 28 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

The registration of diesel cars dropped by a third in the first six months of 2018. It appears that many drivers are moving away from diesel vehicles and opting for alternative fuels, in the wake of increased environmental campaigns and government measures that make those vehicles less appealing to fleet operators. In this article, we look at the pros and cons of diesel and consider whether now is the time to go green.
Diesel Difficulties

Although, in the past, diesel has been promoted, this government has been discouraging its use by raising the BiK surcharge from 3% to 4%. This could be the reason petrol registrations are up 11% this year and, in fact, over two-thirds of new cars in the UK are petrol powered. So why is diesel being targeted?

New vs. Old

Many people have a fixed idea of diesel-powered vehicles as being harmful to the environment. This does have scientific backing, of course, but proponents of the fuel argue that although older vehicles do pump out high levels of NOx, newer Euro 6 compliant units are much cleaner. Despite this, due to BiK increases, some fleet managers may be looking for alternatives to power their trucks.

The Alternatives

Green alternatives, such as hybrid and electric are becoming more popular. National registration of these is up by almost a quarter this year and, although the starting point was admittedly very low, this increase is likely to continue over the next few years. With clean emissions, these vehicles are a great option for reducing a company’s environmental impact, however electric trucks may not be ideal for the average fleet driver job quite yet.

Hybrid and Plug-Ins could be a good alternative for a regular fleet driver job encompassing short distances in towns and cities, because these central hubs give easy access to electricity – the main fuel source. However, these vehicles may not be the best overall option for a fleet driver. Job distance, time and location must be taken into consideration and, for example, at motorway speeds and over long distances, hybrid vehicles are still not entirely economical in comparison to other options.

The next five to ten years may see fleet managers having to make tough decisions as they weigh up environmental impact, cost, efficiency and convenience, when making decisions about fuel. Surveys suggest that many drivers are still hesitant about making the switch from traditional fuels to green energy. Members of the public have said that they don’t see themselves going fully green for at least ten years, however, for logistics companies, it is important to be ahead of the game. If the future is green, is it best to take the plunge and make the switch soon? Or should you hold back, save funds, and see where the market goes?

Whatever ever you chose for your fleet right now, in a couple of decades time, it is likely that we will be talking about the disappearance of petrol and diesel for good.

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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching fleet driver job opportunities with available drivers. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.

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