3 Mistakes That All Delivery Businesses Must Avoid
The delivery industry is a highly competitive market. Standing out among peers is top of the priority list but one of the hardest to achieve. One of the best things to do, foundationally, is to minimize mistakes. Too many mistakes can be detrimental, as that will become what your brand is known for. Be it late deliveries, damaged parcels, cold food, or poor customer service – it is essential to investment time and energy into creating the smoothest and tightest operation possible. There are a number of factors to consider. Here are 3 mistakes delivery businesses must avoid.
Online presence is the key to the market. Most businesses have a business page on Facebook, or an Instagram account with posts of vehicles or deliveries, or a Twitter account which tweets out reminders of deals or links to Facebook and Instagram posts. These approaches don’t maximize social media’s potential.
A regular posting schedule should be a priority. However, the content should be engaging. One easy way to create this kind of content is to utilize the latest meme trends. Tailoring your content to the latest meme formats or hashtags will mean your brand will be more likely to get noticed. Creating longer blog posts discussing aspects of the business is a good means of creating trust between customer and business too.
Businesses do not try to save money on their insurance. There are ways to personalize your insurance policies which mean accidents won’t hurt your bottomline and the cost won’t make your eyes water. Insurers will ask a series of questions about where the business is based, how many employees are on the payroll, what type of business you do, and what property you have and then adjust your coverage to suit your needs so you’re not paying for unnecessary extras. It is a great way to cut costs.
Employees are integral to a smooth delivery system. For businesses, finding the right people to help deliver goods to customers and the back-office staff to coordinate it all can be difficult. The whole team must be reliable. Rigorously screening the candidates before hiring them is essential, but only then if you treat them well, once they are hired, with healthy working hours and wage. Trying to create a successful business from the ground up by contending with a high churn of employees because it’s more worthwhile for them to work elsewhere is less than great for a business owner. So while the salaries might be higher – raising the operating costs – in the long-run, it will be advantageous.
Last-mile logistics is huge for delivery services. What it means is that the time-constrained items, like hot food, etc., which need to be delivered within a period of time, are with the customer in the most optimal state. If they get cold food, then they won’t be happy. Employees help with ensuring last-mile logistics are smooth. Drivers who know local areas and are able to improvise routes and back-office staff who utilize efficient cloud computing systems to distribute delivery information can guarantee customers are happy.
Dallas Dorrall is passionate about music and is living her dream managing and promoting Nashville/Muscle Shoals based Country Music Artist, Johnny Collier, currently touring the US. While traveling, she enjoys reviewing new artists, restaurants and nightclubs. Dallas is crazy about her family and friends and attributes her enthusiasm for life to a quote by Marianne Williamson (which she still reads every day) entitled “Our Deepest Fear”.