ADR Network benefits from smooth Christmas operation
Early statistics suggest that the business achieved 99.5% order fulfilment when completing 58,000 driver assignments in December, with many of the assignments at very short notice.
Christmas day was on a Wednesday. This allowed for something of a smoothing of the last minute operational peak the logistics industry endures at that time of the year. The relatively mild weather also aided things.
ADR Network MD, Andrew Waldron, believes the smooth run in to Christmas was no accident.
He says, “Most of our clients started planning their peak resourcing plans with us much earlier in 2013. This collaborative approach is essential given the very limited pool of drivers we have in the UK. There are some regional variations in driver supply and it is important that our clients work with us to balance out needs across the UK rather than on a depot by depot basis.”
There is still no immediate solution to the medium term problems associated with a very limited pool of active and ageing Class 1 drivers.
The shortage is having something of an impact on the costs of sourcing drivers at Christmas, when demand does outstrip supply. This is something that ADR Network is currently absorbing on behalf of clients.
ADR Network will report its full year results in the spring but early indications show that sales were 10% up on the previous year and as such broadly in line with budget.