The pandemic has had some benefit for courier drivers. For instance, with millions of people having been unable to visit high street retailers for an extended period of time, the volume of online retail sales increased meaning that these purchases needed to be delivered to people’s homes.

Apparently, there has been a significant take-up by an increasing number of consumers who need some items of shopping quickly making use of what is being termed “quick commerce”. For instance, if you want a bottle of wine, a few bottles of beer and some nibbles then, if you live in the likes of London and a growing number of other cities here in the UK, you can use your app and have them delivered from the likes of certain corner shops in less than 30 minutes. The customer pays a small delivery charge but it is presumably cost effective from the consumer’s point of view.

More and more people are starting to return to working in the office following the relaxation in the lockdown rules relating to the coronavirus. Imagine, the customer gets home in the evening after a long day in the office and finds that he or she has nothing in the fridge or freezer. Yes, they could probably have a pizza delivered but if they enjoy doing a little cooking then they might fancy say a lasagne that they can pop in the oven for 30 minutes, accompanied by a side salad, fresh fruit salad and a bottle of wine. These sorts of things could potentially be obtained using the “quick commerce” courier service.

The popular modes of transport used by these couriers are by electric moped or electric bike that are not only environmentally friendly but no doubt cost very little to run after the initial outlay.

If you are considering setting up as a courier or are one already and are thinking of expanding then ‘quick commerce” may be something that you might like to look further into.