What is the ‘new normal’ for courier drivers?
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the retail industry in unprecedented ways and marks the start of a ‘new normal’ in retail. For courier drivers there has been a significant surge in online orders and even with shops reopening it doesn’t seem to be stopping. Delivery drivers have had to adjust overnight to safely deliver orders but will this ‘new normal’ continue?
Social distancing and contactless deliveries
The easing of lockdown restrictions doesn’t mean the fight against coronavirus is over. Courier drivers will still need to ensure deliveries remain Covid secure. That means that drivers will still be required to deliver parcels in line with social distancing requirements.
Contactless deliveries seem like something that is here to stay. Is there really any need to sign for a parcel anymore? Many delivery companies have resorted to photos as proof of delivery instead. However, more consideration could be needed when it comes to the delivery of age restricted goods. In the long run this is something that may need to be addressed to ensure protection of both parties.
Extra sanitisation and protection
The World Health Organisation have stated that the ‘likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low’; however hygiene practices in the delivery industry have intensified to help minimise risk. PPE equipment and sanitisation have been provided for those working in the sorting offices as well as those out on the road making deliveries and this is something that courier drivers must factor in for the long term.
Contact free returns
Returning goods is an area for concern during the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are adapting and changing their return policies to make sure their focus is on the safety of the customer, their staff and delivery drivers.
Queuing up in a post office may be a cause of anxiety for some people so many courier drivers are offering returns via contactless means, an option that looks like it will continue for the long run.
Increase in courier jobs
The pandemic has increased the already phenomenal growth of online shopping and it shows no sign in slowing. As a result there is a high demand for delivery drivers, so if you’re thinking of a career as a self-employed courier driver now is the perfect time to make that change.
One thing that coronavirus and lockdown hasn’t changed is the need for courier insurance. So if you’re a courier driver looking for insurance get in touch today. We specialise in all aspects of insuring your courier business, no matter if you’re new to the industry and just starting out or a well-established business. Our expert staff can talk you through all the different covers, what they protect you against and will find you the very best possible price, with many deals exclusive just to us.
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