Southern Dealer Takes Delivery Of Another E-250 Electric Powered Tow Tug From ePowerTrucks

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One of ePowerTrucks dealers has taken delivery of another E-250 electric tow tug. They chose the electric tug from ePowerTrucks due to its superb towing ability and excellent handling.

This electric-powered bin tug will be used to pull 1100 litre bins around a large power station.

The ePowerTrucks E-250 Electric Vehicle combines the stability of a 4-wheel vehicle with the maneuverability of a 3-wheel tow tug thanks to its exclusive steering design. This electric tow tug has a powerful 6 hp motor. This tug can tow up to 2,300 kg and can be fitted with a fully enclosed cab.

What Does First, Middle, & Last Mile Delivery Mean?

by OMS Admin

Transit from manufacturer to customer almost always consists of a multiple-step journey. Each step needs to be efficient and cost-effective for any company to succeed, survive, and thrive in a competitive space.

First mile delivery, middle mile delivery, and last mile delivery are the terms used within the distribution and supply chain to describe each leg of the journey. Sometimes there may be several middle mile deliveries. At the same time, in other circumstances, there may only be a first and last mile delivery or just a final mile delivery for highly localised producers.

In any case, to create a first-class experience for the all-important end-customer, the execution of first to last mile delivery must be flawless.

First Mile Delivery

First mile delivery is typically the part where the product or produce is taken from the factory or farm to the warehouse or distribution center.

For retailers, they may consider the first mile to be from the supplier’s warehouse to the retailer’s distribution center. In eCommerce, the first mile might be the journey from the retailer to the courier who will take the item to the customer’s home, office, collection point, or smart locker.

Middle & Last Mile Delivery

In retail, the middle mile delivery is often the part from the distribution center to the individual retail store.

Final mile or last mile delivery, which refers to the same thing, is always the last step in the supply chain journey. It is the step that puts the item in the customer’s hands, which could be an individual in B2C business models or a company in B2B business models.

Where the first and middle mile deliveries may involve moving consolidated batches of palletised or crated goods, the last mile delivery is almost always individualised goods (individual SKUs (stock-keeping units)).

Because last mile delivery involves the retailer and the customer, many retailers choose to bring this operation in-house, particularly when serving a local audience. This presents opportunities for making last mile delivery efficient and sympathetic to local issues, such as air pollution and noise pollution. The solution will also need to consider the retailer’s challenges, such as reducing fuel costs and vehicle maintenance.

In light of the 2020 and 2021 Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), shopping in person in a physical store has either not been possible, restricted, or undesirable. This means that for many businesses, last mile delivery is playing a more significant role in delivering excellent customer service and forms a larger portion of the retailer’s operational budget.

Utilising the right final mile strategy is vital, and this begins with the selection of last mile delivery vehicles. Electric last mile delivery vehicles are increasingly seen as not just desirable but fundamentally essential, balancing sustainability and environmental consciousness with lower fuel bills and significantly less vehicle maintenance. The choice and types of EVs are now plentiful, with fewer limitations on range, vehicle speed, battery life, and recharging times.

To discuss how electric last delivery vehicles could play a part in your company’s success, please call our support team on 0161 509 6224.

How Electric Warehouse Equipment Is Helping Ease The Burden

by OMS Admin

The warehouse is a unique environment with its challenges, mostly centred around achieving maximum capacity while moving goods, parts, and equipment in, out, and around the facility safely and in the most efficient manner. Electric warehouse equipment plays a crucial role in achieving these goals, and while they look small and compact, they are, in fact, incredibly strong, efficient, and manoeuvrable.

Electric warehouse equipment is a valuable addition to any logistics, distribution, or storage operation. Whether you are looking to retrieve a product or haul equipment or consumables to different locations within your facility, electric vehicles complete the task with many additional benefits.

Sustainability and environmentally friendly operating strategies are hot topics, so choosing electric warehouse equipment over combustion engine-driven alternatives makes excellent sense. An electric warehouse vehicle will not pollute the air with petrol or diesel fumes, which is vital when choosing vehicles that operate indoors.

Also, electric warehouse equipment does not create noise pollution, which is a consideration that is often overlooked. With near-silent running, drivers and workers within the same environment can complete their jobs without the discomfort caused by wearing ear defenders or earplugs. With clean air to breathe and unrestricted hearing, your facility adds two green ticks on the health and safety checklist

Let Electric Warehouse Vehicles Do The Heavy Lifting

Electric warehouse equipment is a valuable asset when it comes to heavy lifting. Burden carriers sit at the top of the tree and carry loads weighing up to 6,800kg while towing trailers weighing up to 90,000kg. At the other end of the scale are pedestrian tow tugs and platform trucks with capacities of 500kg and more.

Across the range of burden carriers, pedestrian tugs, tow tugs, and electric platform trucks, we find different body forms, including cargo beds that are caged or in an open flatbed configuration. Whether it is boxes of parts, bags of waste, or heavy equipment, there is a solution that is easy to load and quick to move that load around the warehouse environment.

A further benefit of electric motors is they do not create vibrations when running. Without vibrations, handling is improved, and the risks of damaging fragile loads or spilling liquids are significantly reduced.

Improve Warehouse Efficiency

Electric warehouse equipment will help improve your warehouse efficiency and productivity. They are incredibly versatile and agile, moving loads of different sizes and weights with ease. Designed for use running up and down narrow aisles and in and out of tight spaces, your infrastructure is less likely to be damaged.

Burden carriers make excellent personnel carriers moving workers or visitors quickly, saving hours on your timesheets. Burden carriers can move one, two, or four people, and you can still attach a trailer to carry a load simultaneously. Compared to combustion engines, they cost less to run, are more reliable, and require less maintenance. The latest technology innovations provide fast charging and excellent range.

Our team is here to listen to your specific needs and help you find the right electric warehouse equipment. For more information, give our team a call on 0161 509 6224.

Keeping Communities Safe With Last Mile Delivery Vehicles

by OMS Admin

We all desire safe communities for ourselves, our family, and our friends. However, if you start a conversation on community safety, it is likely to tackle issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour. Yet, as we relax in our gardens or work within our homes, vehicle noise and pollution are ever-present. One of the worst offenders is commercial vehicles, particularly last mile delivery vehicles.

Even if you live on a quiet cul-de-sac, your next parcel delivery will likely be made in a petrol or diesel van that disturbs the peace and creates air pollution that has the potential to instigate coughing and sneezing while having longer-term detrimental effects on your and your family’s health.

From a business’s perspective, plenty of focus might be put on developing environmentally friendly or healthy products. But it is hard to meet or exceed the expectations of your customers if that product arrives in a manner that is not conducive to your green ethics.

Meeting & Exceeding Customer Expectations

Any business that sells a service or product should strive to meet and exceed its customer’s expectations. This is often achieved by having a differentiating factor that makes your company stand out and shows it is going further to delight its customers than its competitors.

Final mile delivery that is speedy and efficient is an excellent advertisement and an excellent way to promote your brand. Furthermore, customers are prepared to pay more for products that boast fast last mile delivery, which will help your business protect more of its hard-earned revenue and profit.

Minimal Disruption Or Environmental Impact

The customer’s mindset and values continue to change, and last mile logistics and the modern supply chain need to evolve to meet these views. As a staple, customers want to have better control over where and when delivery takes place. However, how that last mile delivery takes place is just as vital.

The environmental impact of businesses has never been under a closer microscope. From broader impacts such as climate change to localised concerns such as air quality and noise pollution, your last mile delivery solution should lead by example.

One way of achieving minimal disruption and environmental impact is to build a fleet of electric last mile delivery vehicles. Electric last mile delivery vehicles and trucks have near-silent engines that help residential areas, and town centres move towards a peaceful serenity. Furthermore, no exhaust fumes are released, ensuring the air is not polluted or filled with undesirable odours.

The charging speed, load capacity, towing capacity, vehicle range, and miles per hour have seen significant improvements, meaning that battery power is a real contender to petrol and diesel, with added benefits such as less vehicle maintenance, reduced fuel bills, and greater vehicle manoeuvrability.


To find out more about our range of last mile delivery vehicles and trucks, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

New Cleaning Machines Increase Productivity for NCP

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The UK’s leading car park operator says its new fleet of cleaning machines have helped it efficiently manage its estate during the pandemic.

NCP, which operates more than 500 sites across the UK, invested in 20 Glutton cleaners to further enhance safety and cleanliness in its car parks. The Glutton delivered significant productivity gains, enabling NCP to keep its sites in great condition, even with a reduced workforce during the current pandemic and furlough period.

Brian Devonshire, Director of Managed Services for NCP, said: “With the onset of the pandemic we have had to look closely at all opex and make efficiencies wherever possible without impacting service. Therefore, having the Glutton machines at a time when we have a reduced workforce from furlough measures has meant we have been able to keep on top of a key objective of keeping our car parks clean for our customers.”

The Glutton is an all-electric, pedestrian controlled vacuum cleaner that can tackle dust, dirt and debris up to 12.5cm in diameter. The battery-powered machine is quiet, efficient and designed to capture dust, helping to improve air quality.

Brian added: “We have had very positive feedback from our teams, who recognise the value of time given back to re-deploy labour more effectively by utilising the Glutton. Replacing manual brush and shovel with something as efficient and effective as Glutton has made their lives a lot easier and has helped them dedicate more time to helping customers and to become even more proud of their car parks.”

ePower Trucks, the authorised UK distributor for the Glutton, supplied the machines in a custom colour for NCP, along with some specialist trailers. ePower Trucks is a leading independent supplier of on and off-highway electric vehicles, designed for a wide range of applications. The Oldham-based company is celebrating 20 years in business.

“Having received and assessed a range of proposals we began working with ePower Trucks and quickly found they had taken time to understand our business and our objectives,” said Brian. “They listened to us as we explained the challenges we were facing; and we were impressed by the way the team went about ensuring they met our expectations and requirements. We look upon them as a partner rather than as a supplier.

“Quite simply investing in the Glutton machines has enabled us to improve standards, deliver welcome efficiencies and allowed us to re-deploy our people to spend more time with our customers.”

How Electric Wheelbarrows Are Changing Agriculture Work

by OMS Admin

Today we are taking a look at how electric wheelbarrows are changing agricultural work.

The agricultural industry has long been at the forefront of innovation. First, it was the ox and plough, and now it is machines carrying out tasks performed by hundreds of people in the past. While these large-scale and laborious jobs needed an element of automatic and machine-powered muscle, we should not forget to innovate and find solutions for those smaller-scale yet still backbreaking jobs. 

Whether it is a commercial farm or orchard, a sole trader or laypeople with an allotment who is pushing to maximise organic growth, or a stable owner, the wheelbarrow has always been there to lighten the load. However, as anyone who has worked in agriculture knows, you don’t need to put much weight in a barrow before it causes the operator muscle strain, backache, and potentially an injury.

Ease Worker Strain With A Powered Barrow

Electric wheelbarrows take away a tremendous amount of effort and physical hardship. The electric barrow is highly manoeuvrable and can power its way up slopes and around obstacles and tight corners with ease.

Electric wheelbarrows have a three-wheeled configuration and a low centre of gravity to create incredible stability. The powered wheelbarrow offers a controlled descent downhill and has excellent grip across all surface types. Whenever the power is turned off, the braking mechanism will engage and is more than adequate to hold a fully loaded barrow on slopes of up 30 degrees.

Furthermore, electric wheelbarrows handle one of the most strenuous tasks, tipping out the load. Even if you have never considered an electric power barrow, it is easy to imagine how indispensable they are for intensive agricultural work such as taking feed to animals, mucking out, or carrying 100kgs of potatoes, bags of compost, fertiliser, soil, sand, or firewood.

The Environmental Impact Of Electric Wheelbarrows

The benefits of electric wheelbarrows don’t just stop there. They are

Environmentally-friendly, and this is something that resonates strongly with individuals working with animals or growing crops. 

Electric wheelbarrows produce zero emissions and exhaust fumes, maintaining air quality and creating no unnatural odours. They are silent running, which is excellent for use around animals, and maintenance-free, which is good for everyone. 

It is important here to point out battery technologies have improved in leaps and bounds. The batteries are quick to charge using an external plug, and a 4-hour full charge gives a range of up to 12 miles.

ePowerTrucks has several electric wheelbarrows on offer with capacities of 300kg, 400kg, and 500kg. The barrows benefit from rust-resistant steel skips, keyed ignition for security, and a convenient LED battery status,

So, if you or your business is feeling the strain when it comes to agricultural work, maybe it’s time to upgrade your wheelbarrow and let it do the heavy lifting, pushing, and tipping for you.

For more information on our electric wheelbarrows range, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House Takes Delivery of EP AMP 6

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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House have taken delivery of a fully electric EP AMP 6 vehicle for their guest services team. The luxury hotel is based in the Lake District and boasts 2 onsite restaurants and large gardens.

This electric passenger vehicle is ideal for light work and as a general transport vehicle. A small profile makes it perfect for transporting people in congested areas such as college campuses and luxury hotels.

ePowerTrucks Is Hiring!

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We are looking for an engineer for our fast-growing company in Oldham, to be based in the South East, possibly Reading/Swindon areas, who must be prepared to work away when required.  Duties include servicing, maintaining, and fault diagnostics for our range of electrically powered equipment, EV Trucks, and battery-powered handling equipment. Must have a strong electrical/mechanical background and be confident with troubleshooting and diagnosing in the field and workshop.  This role is field-based and the candidate must be able to stay away some nights if and when required. A full, clean driving licence is required.

You will be required to report to our service team with the following responsibilities:

  • Service and repair of a vast range of electric-powered trucks and lifting equipment
  • Advanced fault finding, diagnostics
  • Provide timely and detailed service reports
  • Follow all company’s procedures and protocols
  • Van stock management
  • Cooperate with the technical team and share information across the organisation
  • Comprehend customer requirements and make appropriate recommendations/briefings
  • LOLER & Thorough examinations
  • Build positive relationships with customers

Job brief

This is an opportunity within our company for a professional Technician to join our team, you will be providing service, repair, and customer support during field visits to deliver the desired customer service experience.

Requirements

  • Proven field service experience
  • Electrical Biased
  •  Extensive experience in Mechanical Engineering, Auto Electrical Engineering including a wide range of equipment such as material handling, lifting products and electric trucks.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, test, repair and service technical equipment
  • English literacy
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to work away from home (Maximum of 3 Nights per week) if required
  • Full and clean driving licence
  • Technical degree or certification (Not Essential)
  • Experience and knowledge of both AC and DC motors

Salary is negotiable depending on the right individual. This is an excellent opportunity with a good earning potential and potential for advancement.

THE PERSON
The role would suit an experienced person who has come from a busy environment, such as the fork lift industry.  The ability to multi-task and work on your own initiative will be key.  Organisation, attention to detail and a professional attitude is very important. This is a long-term role and would suit someone who is not prone to “job hopping” and is looking for a long-term position.

Must be willing to undertake a CRB check and have a clean driving licence with no history of alcohol related endorsements.

THE COMPANY
Lift Safe Ltd/ePowetrucks is a diverse privately held company based in Oldham.  They specialise in the sale, service and hire of niche electric trucks and vehicles as well as specialist materials handling equipment. Established in 2000, Lift Safe is experiencing high levels of growth.  They are currently looking to strengthen the service offering and increase their workplace productivity.

Send your CV to jobs@ePowerTrucks.co.uk

How To Reduce Your Last Mile Delivery Costs

by OMS Admin

In the face of a massive boom in eCommerce, you need to look for ways to reduce your last mile delivery costs, to maintain an effective business model. Last mile delivery might be the final part of the supply chain, but it is largely recognised to account for more than half of all the delivery costs.

Most businesses, small or large, with the sole purpose of last mile logistics or last mile delivery as a localised service, rely on vans and trucks with internal combustion engines. However, petrol and diesel-powered vehicles are relatively expensive to fuel and maintain and are accompanied by a whole host of other negative traits, such as creating noise and air pollution, by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

With surging online sales (up more than 70% in the UK), and with many consumers putting pressure on the businesses they choose to move towards greener solutions, businesses need to respond. 

If your business incorporates last mile delivery as a service, then it is time to reassess and adapt your business model to reflect the demand for greener solutions and maintain profitability and your customer base in a world where final mile delivery is expected to be fast and often free.

Cost Effective Electric Vehicles

Electric fleet last mile delivery vehicles are fast becoming recognised as a cost-effective alternative to the internal combustion engine. The cost-saving advantages of electric vehicles include:

  • Batteries are significantly cheaper to produce – The price of batteries per kilowatt-hour has fallen by almost 90% in the last decade, and batteries can now last well over the lifetime range of most vehicles.
  • Running costs are substantially lower – The cost of fuelling vehicles with electricity is approximately one-third of that for petrol and diesel vehicles. Many businesses also go one step further and install their own renewable energy source, from wind or solar, to lower energy costs further.
  • Lower maintenance costs – With fewer moving parts, equalling tens and not the thousands seen in petrol and diesel vehicles, maintenance costs are lowered by more than two-thirds. The life of wearing parts such as tyres and brakes even have their life extended with regenerative braking as part of the equation, 

The key to sustainable eCommerce requires a move away from diesel and petrol vehicles and introducing cheaper and cleaner alternatives. Using electricity to power your last mile delivery vehicles will boost your sustainability efforts by roughly halving CO2 emissions. As more of the electricity grid converts to renewable energy, these benefits will increase.

Optimise Your Deliveries

Delivery giants are often the first to lead the way, and they are already optimising their deliveries by moving towards electric last mile delivery vehicles. Companies such as Amazon, British Mail, DHL, and Ikea, are all leading the way.

ePowerTrucks can help you reduce your last mile delivery costs with utility vehicles that can carry loads of up to 1,450kg and tow loads of up to 4,000kg. With speeds of up to 50mph and a range of up to 120 miles, last mile delivery is ready to be revolutionised. 

To discuss how electric last mile delivery vehicles could transform your business, contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

Are All Electric Vehicles Road Legal?

by OMS Admin

Electric vehicles (EVs) have plenty of benefits and advantages that many businesses across multiple sectors would like to enjoy. However, not all electric vehicles are road-legal. If you are tasked with purchasing road-legal electric vehicles for your company, you need to ensure that they are denoted as ‘road legal’ or ‘road homologation.’

By switching your fleet to electric vehicles, you can take advantage of electric vehicles’ energy-efficiency and convenience. They create zero-emissions, emit no pollutants, and create no noise pollution, making them an ideal choice when you want something that is as practical indoors as it is out.

Road legal models are convenient, efficient, and environmentally friendly, from delivery vans to burden carriers and street sweepers.

Legal Requirements

Electric vehicles are governed by the same laws and regulations as those that apply to motor vehicles and set out in the Road Traffic Act 1988. These laws are in place to ensure safety, consistency, and environmental sustainability.

So what does this mean for your business? Your business will need to maintain vehicle insurance and vehicle tax. Your electric vehicles will have a registration and be designed and manufactured to meet the technical standards and inspections set out by the DVSA and their N1 European road homologation standards.

Your employees will need a full driver’s license, and drivers and your company will be subject to the same fines and penalty points as any other type of vehicle that is not following the laws of the road.

Your EVs should not be used on the pavement or driven along the public right of way footpaths, over land that is only to be used on foot. Equally, you should not drive them on cycle paths.

Because they emit no emissions or pollutants, your electric vehicles will be exempt from Low Emissions Zone charges, which offers a massive reduction in operational costs for drivers moving in and out of city centres.

Our Range Of Road Legal Electric Vehicles

Our range of road legal electric vehicles includes sturdy and compact utility vehicles with manoeuvrability to make tight turning circles. We supply models with off-road performance and models with high power levels, combining robustness with high load capacities of up to 1,630kg, with towing capacities of up to 4,500kg.

Many of our flatbeds, trikes, and last-mile delivery vehicles have engine braking and energy recovery, with batteries that can be recharged for as little as £2. They can have a range of up to 120 miles, negotiate slopes of up to 35 degrees, and achieve top speeds of up to 50mph.

Modern conveniences have not been overlooked, with options such as cab heating, air conditioning, and stereo systems. Driver protection is increased in cabs with a reinforced steel frame, and flatbeds have a low point of gravity to reduce rollover risks when making emergency manoeuvers.

The road-legal electric vehicles are low maintenance with no transmission, engine, fuel system, or cooling system. This means that they do not need engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, belts, or filters when they are serviced.

To find out more about our range of electric vehicles, contact our team on 0161 509 6224

ePowerTrucks plans for the future following MBO

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Recent Management buyout of Epowertruck/Lift Safe Ltd, ensures continuity of staff and services in the Oldham based company.

Owner, Jerry Hanss, started Epowertrucks/Lift Safe Ltd 20 years ago and is delighted to sell his majority share of the business to colleagues, whilst retaining a 25% share. Commenting on the timing of the transaction Jerry said: “Years ago I worked for a large American organisation and always wanted to do my own thing. Back then it was a now or never moment and I took the plunge and set up my own company. Now once again the timing seemed right, and I am pleased that three members of the team have formed a management buyout.”

The sale gives the 28 staff at the site in Hawksley Street, Oldham, job security and more importantly, continuity in the workplace. It keeps intact a team that enjoy working together and who deliver results based on their product knowledge.

Jerry stated “This deal works well for all involved. In recent years I have talked to several potential third- party purchasers but was mindful that this meant uncertainty for my staff. The deal we have done removes that uncertainty and I have retained 25% and so will be involved in a transition phase on the board for the next three to four years. More importantly I feel I am leaving the business in safe hands.”

Buyers, Jamie Radcliffe, Bobby Cullen and Rebecca Parker now have part ownership of the business encompassing Lift Safe Ltd, which supplies ergonomic handling equipment to a vast range of worldwide industries, as well as ePowertrucks, specialising in road-legal electric trucks, electric street vacuums, electric pedestrian tow tugs and a wide range of electric multi-passenger vehicles. The sale also includes the leasing arm of the business, Mueller Donnelly Finance Ltd.

Commenting on the purchase and their plans, Jamie Radcliffe said: “We are now well placed to push the business on and have plans for a turnover of beyond £10million. With green issues taking ever increasing priority, most businesses are looking towards electric options and we have a fantastic client base, which is growing, and a great product suite of on and off-road electric vehicles, alongside a wide range of lifting products.”

This exciting time for the company comes as an increased number of UK cities have introduced Clean Air Zones to address illegal limits of air pollution and have been proven to be the most effective way to address change. Last-mile delivery of postal and parcel service vehicles have shown to be most toxic for health due to the nature of their short journeys undertaken in urban environments which have seen a boom during the pandemic as online shopping increased. This means that zero-emission electric vehicle sales have accelerated to accommodate the inevitable change-over that companies need to make if they are to continue business in inner cities, at a time when Lift Safe Ltd’s ePower Trucks is positioned as one of the UK’s leading electric vehicle providers.

Jerry and his wife Elizabeth were advised by David Middleton from Cole Associates Corporate Finance, Richard Massey from Christian Douglass, Dave Meredith and Keith Kennedy, of Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers. The management team were advised by Brabners Solicitors.

How The Pandemic Has Shaped The Future Of Last Mile Delivery

by OMS Admin

Last mile delivery solutions were already experiencing strong growth as consumers recognised the convenience of shopping from home. However, the pandemic is supercharging this shift in consumer behaviour, creating a rapid upwards surge in home deliveries of non-essential and essential goods as brick and mortar stores face in-person trading restrictions and forced closures.

Retailers are quickly reassessing their business models, putting a focus on eCommerce. With health experts warning that the pandemic is here to stay for years to come, it is shaping the future of last mile delivery.

An Increase In Online Shopping

According to research published by Accenture, whether people are forced or choose to remain indoors, online orders with last mile delivery are up 71% in Europe and the UK. So, online delivery options are essential for almost any business that previously relied on face-to-face transactions.

To meet the demand from online shoppers, last mile delivery companies are beginning to create hyper-local relationships with retail outlets. This allows the retailer to continue operating effectively as a Cloud retail store. Alternatively, retailers bring last mile delivery in-house and purchase or lease last mile delivery vehicles, making contactless deliveries with digital payments.

Higher Expectations Mean More Pressure On Couriers

For consumers, immediacy is being replaced with safety, and customer motivations, behaviours, habits, and loyalty are all experiencing a change that may persist long after the pandemic ends.

According to Accenture, 40% of online shoppers expect fast and free delivery, creating a challenge for delivery companies, retailers, and urban transport. Seasonal pressure is transforming into year-round pressure as 63% of older millennials, and 43% of everyone else intending to shop exclusively online this year.

Large single-drop deliveries, such as a pallet of stock delivered to a retail store, are replaced with many small parcels delivered to many household or business addresses. With 56% of consumers stating they will not shop again with a retailer following an unsatisfactory delivery, the last mile solution needs to be quick, efficient, flexible, and safe.

So, how can retailers and couriers meet higher expectations?

Electric utility vehicles might be the solution for taking off the pressure on couriers. These urban electric vehicles are ideal for coping with increased parcel numbers and last-minute changes because they excel in a stop-start role within urban environments. Electric utility carts provide a zero-emissions solution that does not pollute the air or create noise pollution outside homes as they move in and out of city centres and residential areas.

The pressure to offer free deliveries is somewhat eased by electric last mile delivery vehicles’ lower energy demands. Vehicle reliability also improves while vehicle maintenance is significantly less, taking the pressure off operational costs.

To discuss the benefits of electric last mile delivery vehicles please contact our helpful team on 0161 509 6224.

How Last Mile Delivery Is Changing The Transport Industry

by OMS Admin

Last mile delivery has long been considered the most expensive, pollution generating, and inefficient part of the supply chain. Predominantly dominated by diesel or petrol-guzzling vehicles, this sector of the transport industry is changing in response to the changing expectations from consumers and merchants.

Existing fleet vehicles are being replaced, and new fleets of clean and efficient electric utility vehicles are being created to meet the challenges and demands of a changing world. Whether it is direct-to-consumer (D2C) or business-to-business (B2B), speed, security, flexibility, and costs play a significant role in the success or failure of last mile delivery.

The Changing Landscape Of Last Mile Delivery

The typical supply chain comprises three stages of distribution. These stages include long-haul, regional, and urban distribution. Last mile delivery vehicles carry out the last step, moving products from regional distribution centres to the final destination; the urban consumer or retailer.

The biggest challenges that the last mile delivery sector is facing includes:

Increasing demand for small and more frequent deliveries and collections categorised as just-in-time distribution.
A rise in eCommerce due to the convenience of online shopping and its adoption by the elderly, who are following the path of younger generations that have already adopted an online lifestyle.

According to the Royal Mail, parcel deliveries are increasing by 4.5 to 5.5% per year. This is a significant trend for urban transport and delivery to keep up with. However, last-mile delivery companies have a few things on their side that will help them adapt and manage greater workloads.

Light urban electric vehicles and electric utility carts are governed by less stringent regulation, compared to HGVs, in terms of driver hours and licensing. This means that urban delivery fleets can expand without the problem of a shortage of HGV drivers, which affects regional and national delivery.

The Impact Of Electric Last Mile Delivery Vehicles

The impact of electric last mile delivery vehicles on the environment is small, with zero-emissions. Congestion in town centres can be eased as eCommerce grows with one vehicle making multiple deliveries, compared to numerous customers collecting and carrying goods home in their cars. This can positively impact the safety and the environmental impact of getting goods to consumers.

Furthermore, personal deliveries to the workplace reduce failed delivery attempts, which according to a review commissioned by the UK government’s Foresight Future of Mobility project, sees 14% of home delivery attempts fail.

As local authorities continue to introduce measures to reduce the number of petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles entering urban areas, electric last mile delivery appears to be the solution we are looking for.

For more information on ePowerTruck‘s range of electric utility vehicles for sale, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

Keeping University Campus’ Clean With Electric Vehicles

by OMS Admin

Universities, colleges, and school campuses have various challenges to overcome when striving to achieve a clean and sustainable campus. Fossil-fuelled transportation solutions have inherently been polluters, but electric vehicles (EVs) are taking over this space and solving the clean transportation problem.

The latest EVs use innovative technologies to quickly, efficiently and safely handle everyday tasks, including moving staff, students, goods, equipment, and consumables across the campus’ and on public roads.

Electric vehicles are highly manoeuvrable and include multi-passenger vehicles, tow tractors, and electric utility trucks. Whether it is building management, landscaping, or transporting faculty staff, electric vehicles provide the speed, comfort, and range extensive university campus’ need.

A Cost Effective Solution

Electric vehicles have advanced to a position where they offer a practical and cost-effective solution for maintenance, operations, and grounds teams. You can quickly boost your sustainability efforts and create an environment with improved air quality and reduced noise pollution.

Low-carbon, zero-emissions vehicles can conveniently charge overnight or in a short amount of time, with staff accessing vehicles that can see them through any shift. Furthermore, you can eliminate fossil fuel storage hazards and waste, simplifying risk assessments and health and safety.

The Right Electric Vehicles For Your Campus

ePowerTrucks has been supplying environmentally-friendly electric utility vehicles to colleges and universities for 20 years. We can provide the right electric vehicles for your campus with a range that includes models such as:

EP Flatbed: This compact re-invention of a flatbed truck is incredibly versatile and can carry loads of up to 1,000kg with its practical loading bed.
EP Amp XL: This compact utility vehicle is ideal for general transport with an ample load capacity. The compact design lets it excel in environments with narrow roads, pathways, and access points.
Jobmaster: Bridging indoor and outdoor spaces, this electric tug has a towing capacity of up to 3,000kg, handling almost any heavy-duty task.
EP 400/500: This three-wheeled electric platform truck was developed for special applications, moving containers, and equipment of different shapes, weights, and sizes.
EP 800: This four-wheeled motorised electric platform trolley can be equipped with various load cage configurations, making it adept in roles such as collecting waste or loose materials.
ATX320E: With a load capacity of up to 635kg and a 2,000kg towing capacity, this versatile electric vehicle has a load bed with aluminium drop sides and a steel full-height cargo barrier.
ATX330E: When your campus needs a robust, powerful off-road performance and agility, this EV goes where other utility vehicles cannot.

With university, college, and school campuses’ becoming ever more expansive, electric vehicles continue to play a more significant role in creating clean and sustainable environments.

For more information on ePowerTruck‘s range of electric vehicles, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

How Inefficient Last Mile Deliveries Can Cost You Dearly

by OMS Admin

For many logistics and distribution companies, as well as smaller local businesses who have brought their service in-house, the final leg of the journey, known as last mile delivery, can be extremely costly. Last mile logistics can account for more than half of the costs associated with expediting products and goods from the final distribution centre to the customers’ front door.

As more business and personal consumers turn to ecommerce for meeting their supply needs, the speed and efficiency of last mile deliveries become a priority. E-shoppers often expect same-day or next-day delivery, further adding to the pressure to the last mile delivery solution.

Getting the final mile delivery wrong will see the distributor incur higher fuel charges, have longer fulfilment times, and poor customer satisfaction compared to the competition. Ultimately, customers will be lost, and that can cost you dearly.

Ensure You Have The Right Last Mile Delivery Equipment

There are various challenges to overcome if your business is to operate efficiently. In urban areas, the last mile delivery service can see the vehicle making multiple stops in close proximity to each other and further hindered by traffic congestion. In rural areas, congestion is less of an issue, and stops may be fewer but miles apart.

As the UK extends low emissions zones in London and adds new zones in cities such as Birmingham and Manchester, there are further costs associated with moving in and out of these locations with petrol or diesel-fuelled last mile delivery vehicles.

So, how do you maintain a loyal customer base, reduce costs, and improve delivery efficiency? Well, much of the puzzle can be solved by ensuring you have the right last mile delivery equipment.

Optimise Your Deliveries

To optimise your deliveries, you should choose versatile vehicles that are manoeuvrable, fuel-efficient, and do not emit exhaust fumes. ePower Trucks supplies a range of electric last mile delivery vehicles that have various top speeds, range, and parcel capacities. The latest battery innovations mean that vehicles with a load capacity of up to 1,450kg can have a range of up to 120 miles. Furthermore, many models have an additional towing capacity, which can be as high as 4,000kg.

These electric delivery vehicles are efficient in urban and rural settings and produce no emissions, which is great for the environment and your company’s reputation. These vehicles are cheap to run, clean, and easy to maintain, making them an excellent choice for handling a growing demand in online, direct-to-door shopping.

Computer technology can play a role too, optimising delivery routes. Fleet management software can run in real-time with GPS tracking, responding to traffic congestion, failed deliveries, and re-assignments, factoring in elements such as time, distance, and location.

For more information on ePowerTruck’s range of electric last mile delivery vehicles, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

Shrewsbury Town Council has taken delivery of a new electric vehicle

by admin

Shrewsbury Town Council has taken delivery of a new electric vehicle to add to its existing fleet, taking it a step closer to becoming carbon neutral.

The Town Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and made a commitment to ensure its activities and operations were carbon neutral by 2030.

Helen Ball, Town Clerk, said: “We have looked at our activities within the Town Council and identified areas where we can make an immediate impact on our carbon footprint.

“As part of that process, we have undertaken a review of our vehicles and feel that we are able to gradually replace our fleet of diesel vehicles with new, environmentally-friendly electric ones.”

The new vehicle will be used by the Town Council’s horticultural staff for use in the Quarry.

Leader of the Town Council, Councillor Alan Mosley, said: “As a Town Council, we are actively looking at ways to achieve our target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, though we hope that it will be much sooner. Introducing more electric vehicles can help us reduce our emissions whilst undertaking our work around the town.

“This course of action will also ensure that we are providing good value for our residents as the new electric vehicles deliver an economic saving to the Town Council, whilst also fulfilling our promise to reduce our carbon emissions.

“This is part of our ambitious Action Plan which was recently fully supported by members of the Climate Emergency Advisory Group and will be financed from a large and ring-fenced budget.” 

A charging point has been installed in the Quarry for this new vehicle and two electric charging points will be installed at the Town Council’s Weeping Cross Centre to help power its fleet of vehicles.

*Taken from https://www.shrewsburytowncouncil.gov.uk/news/going-green-town

Last Mile Delivery FAQ

by OMS Admin

The last mile delivery solution is the most critical element of the eCommerce supply chain. Customers might expect this to be free, which might be a person or a business, and they certainly expect it to be fast.

These delivery companies need to be competitive and meet consumer demand while simultaneously cutting costs and improving efficiency. Beating these challenges means having a competitive edge over other last mile logistics providers. Failing these challenges means poor customer satisfaction or higher costs, which means logistics companies cannot afford to disappoint.

Your commonly Asked Questions Answered

Here we take a look at your commonly asked questions, giving you the answers you have been looking for.

What Is Last Mile Delivery?

Last mile delivery is the last leg of the journey, which could be a mile or fifty miles. The parcel or package leaves the transportation hub and is moved to the final destination, typically a retail store or a personal residence. This is a critical step that will make or break the consumer’s impression of the business they have ordered from.

What Are The Stages Involved?

The final mile delivery typically involves five steps:

  • The parcel is entered into a centralised digital system and given a tracking number, which is monitored by the sender and recipient
  • The package arrives at the transportation hub
  • The order is assigned for delivery based on the final address
  • The parcels are scanned as they are loaded onto the last mile delivery vehicles
  • The package is delivered and verified

What Are The Challenges Of Last Mile Delivery?

Two challenges of last mile delivery include:

  1. Route optimisation – This is a challenge and can result in higher fuel costs, which in turn means more exhaust pollution
  2. Same-day or next-day delivery – This is increasingly expected and requires end-to-end cooperation between the sender, logistics company, and the customer, who may not be at the delivery location, wasting time and fuel.

What Are The Solutions To These Challenges?

Every challenge has a solution, and in this case, there are two that will enable logistics companies to increase their profitability, lower fuel costs, and reduce pollution to maintain good air quality:

Delivery software – Technology is an integral part of planning and reacting. The software can optimise route planning, considering many factors such as truck capacity, traffic and congestion, and location. Also, offering the customer real-time status and visibility can be the difference of the customer being at the delivery location or not.
Electric last mile delivery truck – These utility vehicles are ideal for urban environments, creating zero emissions and running almost silently. They are highly manoeuvrable, which is a significant consideration for operating within town centres with narrow streets. Battery technology has moved on significantly, and electric last mile delivery vehicles have a range of up to 120 miles, with a load capacity of up to 1,450kg and a towing capacity of up to 4,000kg.

For more information on last mile delivery solutions, please contact the team at ePowerTrucks.

New Role – Technical Support Desk

by admin

Job Description

Responsibilities

The role entails working in a busy technical service-related operation for a company involved with EV trucks and material handling equipment. The ideal candidate would be an individual who is already working in a service orientated environment supporting customers incoming calls for information and queries regarding vehicle repairs and project managing these through to completion. A sound working knowledge of vehicles is necessary therefore a level 2 or 3 NVQ in mechanics or vehicle repair is very important. An auto mechanical/electrical bias would be beneficial. The candidate must have a previous or present Vehicle technician level 2/3 NVQ qualification or equivalent. You must possess a good telephone manner, in order to use your technical expertise to support and deliver top levels of customer service to our customers.

Works alongside the other Tech Support team members and the Operations Manager in overseeing the skill-set of the field and workshop service/repair team (including sub-contractors) to ensure that all jobs are completed efficiently and competently, within budget, and to customer specifications.

Along with other members of the Tech Support team: actioning, managing and leading technical related training courses to ensure the workshop and field engineers (including sub-contractors) are fully conversant with all products which the company supplies and/or maintains.

Alongside Tech Support colleagues: leads, manages and records all training activities including employee/sub-contractor training plans, achievements, competencies.

Manages and supports all customers, project managing issues through to completion.

Ensure that the service software is constantly updated with issues, actions, correspondence, WIP.

Supports, advises (including producing crib sheets) the After Sales team with customer enquiries or issues.

Accept and partake in any and all training (internal/external) provided by the company to up-skill improve his/her skill-set.

Assists the Sales Team with any projects which require Tech Support input.

Be aware of new product developments in the area of the company’s remit, providing input and tactical direction to the business on customer service and support challenges.

Ensuring all work carried out within their remit is done so in a safe and responsible manner at all times, strictly observing all Company and regulatory body Health & Safety procedures including Manual Handling Regulations. Work alongside the Operations, Warehouse and Workshop Leaders as a “Champion of Working Safely” within the workplace.

Be aware of EHS regulations and updates, cascading these down to the field engineers (including sub-contractors) and ensuring compliance.

The Person

Extensive experience of working in a small team supporting and resolving customer technical issues.

Experience of working with a small team of engineers and mentoring them on best practice Track record of working as an electrical and/or vehicle technician (7 years +) within an automotive workshop or automotive OEM environment.

Advanced understanding of vehicle electrical systems. Recent practical experience of using laptop-based vehicle diagnostic toolsets. Recent practical experience of working with vehicle electrical diagrams and system schematics. Ability to plan, organise & control time efficiently & profitably. Flexible, enthusiastic and self-motivated with good communication skills.

The company value loyalty so you will ideally have demonstrated length of tenure (with stints of 5+ years in your last 2 jobs or similar) • Someone who meets our core values & behaviours: a good communicator with humility, integrity, loyalty, continuous improvement.

The Company

ePowerTrucks/Lift Safe Ltd is a diverse privately held company based in Oldham, Greater Manchester. They specialise in the sale, service and hire of niche electric trucks and vehicles as well as specialist materials handling equipment. Established in 2000, Epowertrucks/Lift Safe has been experiencing high levels of growth over the last few years and need further resources to support this growth. The company prides itself on promoting from within and building a strong and focused team.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

email your CV and cover letter to jobs@epowertrucks.co.uk

How Electric Hospital Equipment Is Helping Ease The Burden

by OMS Admin

Electric hospital equipment is fundamental to the operations of busy healthcare facilities. As more recognition is placed on staff and patients’ wellbeing and the demands to be ever more efficient grow, it makes excellent sense to invest in electric hospital equipment.

There is intense pressure on wards in hospitals across the UK, and this is felt by the people who work on them, including nursing staff and hospital porters.

Hospital porters are constantly in motion, day-in/day-out, and need to keep pace with demands, even when they surge skywards. Likewise, nurses have more patients under their care as patient numbers swell, which creates a scenario where they spend less time treating patients.

Electric hospital equipment can help staff keep pace, improve efficiency, and avoid bottlenecks in healthcare facilities. With access to the right tools, it is possible to prevent physical lifting injuries and general physical strain involved with either lifting single heavy loads or repetitively moving loads over long shifts.

Electric Equipment is used in Hospitals Every Day

By leveraging electric hospital equipment daily, NHS and private hospitals reduce the number of staff required to move beds, patients, and medical equipment.

Lifting and shifting electric hospital equipment brings oxygen canisters and other medical supplies onto wards right when they are needed. Trolleys of waste or laundry are seamlessly whisked away, and beds efficiently move between wards and operating theatres.

Our Range of Hospital Equipment

Our range of hospital equipment provides a cost-effective approach to streamlining processes and reducing the pressure on staff. Suitable for small and large hospital sites, our electric bed movers and electric burden carriers make an instant difference because they can be used by anyone and do not require an operator’s licence.

Our electric hospital equipment includes the EP Bed Mover, which transforms the process of moving beds around the hospital. Helping prevent work-related injuries, this device easily connects to beds and trolleys, capturing the castors and driving the bed to wherever the hospital porter needs it to go. 

The MC-360 and MC-660 Multi-Passenger Burden Carriers move heavy loads over long distances and are a favourite with maintenance departments. Within hospital grounds, the Glutton Electric Vacuum allows cleaning attendants to throw away the sweeping brush in favour of a much more modern and efficient solution.

The Jobmaster Pedestrian Electric Tug and EP 500 Electric Platform Trucks provide a reliable solution for porters to move loads of up to 1,500kg around the facility. Where extreme moving power is demanded, the E-242 HD, MT-250, and MT-290 Tow Tractors tackle any towing load of up to 7,250kg.

Aside from preventing injuries and streamlining processes, there are many other benefits to choosing our electric hospital equipment. Powered by electricity, all vehicles and moving equipment are almost silent, so it does not disrupt patients’ recovery. There are no exhaust fumes or gases, so air quality is maintained, helping patients breathe easy.

For more information on how our range of electric hospital equipment can ease healthcare establishments’ burdens, please contact our team.