Covid-19

Last Updated – Monday 14th September 2020

Covid-19 has forced a new norm upon us all. Every industry is faced with challenges that are unique to their field.

Here at EDS couriers, we have continued to work throughout all levels of lockdown at the instructions of our Government, servicing the needs of our customers.

Our network of key workers are continuing to provide essential supply chain services, as outlined by the Department of Transport  [click here to view letter]

Our industry continues to play a pinnacle role in keeping our communities going.

How does EDS support our communities?

  • Supporting people at home by delivering urgent medical goods, food supplies and other necessities
  • Supporting our healthcare by delivering urgent medical goods, equipment and supplies to hospitals and care facilities across the country
  • Supporting our key workers by delivering urgent work equipment needed in many areas of urgency; such as maintaining power stations, crucial road repairs, crucial vehicle repairs and so on
  • Supplying our nation with PPE equipment to work and travel safely

In addition to the above, our industry has also played a vital part in supporting the “Stay at Home” campaign; by continuing to deliver home comforts during this time. Covid-19 has forced all ages to shop by ordering on line and many have developed a love for the convenience of shopping from home. In many ways, this has also helped our communities to feel a sense of “normality”. Having this convenience is a new luxury to our generation and one we are proud to support.

As a result, we have been consistently handling Christmas levels of business, whilst faced with several challenges, some that we have not encountered before. We are continuously adapting to new ways of working; to ensure we maintain high levels of service to our customers and to the Networks we partner in.

Our teams are under an immense amount of pressure and every area of our Network are working around the clock to give optimal support at this time. We continue to focus on providing excellent service wherever possible, however recognise that the situation may have an impact on service levels.

Our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our staff. We strictly enforce Government Guidelines of safe working conditions and social distancing measures. This has in many ways forced our industry to think outside the box at ways to sort and distribute the items in our care as efficiently and succinctly as possible.

How does this affect you?

  • We continue to adopt the “No Contact Delivery Practice”. Our drivers’ will not ask any customer to sign their hand-held device
  • Our drivers’ will wear the appropriate PPE when necessary
  • The PRE-9AM service and the Sameday PUR service have been removed to help optimise route planning
  • A small percentage of deliveries will experience delays

How can you help?

1.Utilise the self-service options available

When delays occur, this naturally increases the number of enquiries coming into our Customer Support Team; and the waiting times on responses are on occasions longer than we’d like. We encourage all at this time to utilise the self-service facilities as much as possible, so we can make sure our Customer Support Team are there when you need them. Our priority is to give the best possible service and to make sure we’re available when you need our expertise.

Track your delivery: https://apc-overnight.com/receiving-a-parcel/tracking

Rearrange your delivery: https://apccalled.com/

2.Reduce contact into our Customer Support Team

We appreciate that some enquiries are of a higher urgency than others. Please avoid sending multiple emails regarding the same enquiry. We assure you every query will be looked into, it may just take us a little longer than previously.

3.Ensure correct address details are entered when placing orders and when booking a delivery

Our drivers are multi-drop delivery drivers. Information is key to ensuring routing runs smoothy. Please ensure contact information is entered wherever possible. Please optmise the use of special instructions for furthering delivery instructions when we are delivering to hard to find places, new builds and building sites.

4.Make us aware if we can leave a parcel safe or with a neighbour

We appreciate that there are certain products in our care that must be delivered to the contact stated however, to assist with reducing the amount of items held please make us aware of when a delivery does not require a signature by stating in the special instructions where to leave safe. This in turn reduces the need for multiple deliveries to take place.

5.Consider the day of despatch

Monday night sort is extremely busy industry wide. If your product is of a none urgent nature, consider holding it back and sending it forward on a different week day.

6.Consider an increased collection window

Being reliable is extremely important to us and we will bend over backwards to ensure we are on time for collections. Sometimes collection windows can be short and this may have an affect on deliveries. We appreciate this may not be possible for you however if you think you could help us by extending your collection window please let us know!

7.Consider packaging and how items are labelled

Packaging is extremely important to assist with the safe keeping of items within our care. A high percentage of damages are affected by insufficient packaging. This is never intentional, but more so educational on what works well when using an overnight Network. Good packaging and correct labelling of items also supports in reducing transport time and the requirement for multiple deliveries.

  • Visit the APC website for advice on how to package items effectively
  • Click here to download our Packaging Guidelines
  • Click here to download our Label Guidelines

8.Be kind to our employees

We appreciate that the current situation may be frustrating, but please be respectful of our employees that are working extremely hard. We can assure you that we care deeply and we will always be truthful in any situation. When issues arise, we take full ownership and we will do our best in supporting you. We have a 0-tolerance policy on abusive behavior towards our employees.

What Next?

We are now heading towards the winter months and undoubtably we will have additional new challenges to overcome; to ensure we are operating to Government Guidelines, to maintain high levels of service to our customers and to ensure the welfare and safety of our workforce.

The schools re-opening has created a new dynamic to deliveries, one that we have not had to face up until now during the pandemic. Traffic continues to delay drivers getting about and there has also been an increase in delivery attempts due to people returning to work, resulting in deliveries having to be returned back to depots and attempted on multiple occasions.

Winter approaches and as well as the seasonal illnesses, cases appear to be rising. We are seeing rulings tighten again, and further lock down rulings being reinstated in specific areas of the country. We are preparing for an increase in the need for staff to self-isolate again and how that may impact further on staffing levels.

We continue to invest in our teams and put additional resources in place wherever possible in the lead up to Christmas. We will undoubtedly have lots of parcels and pallets to deliver during this time, which means the winter of 2020 will be a unique time for us.

For further information from other sources, here are a couple of articles about the courier industry and how it’s been impacted by COVID-19:

https://www.ashburnham-insurance.co.uk/blog/2020/07/how-has-coronavirus-affected-couriers-and-shipping/

https://www.mintel.com/press-centre/retail-press-centre/signed-sealed-and-delivered-uk-courier-and-express-delivery-services-set-to-record-fastest-annual-growth-for-five-years

Thank you

We are all adapting to a new normal, and EDS is no different. We are proud to have supported our communities during these challenging months, whilst provided high standards of service to our customers. Our promise to you is that we will continue to give our all, to make sure this continues for the uncertain months to come and beyond this.

We appreciate the time you have taken to understand the impacts of Covid-19 on our business and we thank you for continuing to support us as we continue to adapt to an ever-changing situation.

Yours Sincerely,

Holly Robinson
Commercial Operations Manager

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