New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders have shown growth in the commercial vehicles sector, suggesting that businesses across the country are investing more to satisfy people’s demands for home delivery services.
Registrations for commercial vehicles rose by 3.7% in July and although there was a small drop in the vans category, this was compensated for by a strong demand for trucks. The statistics also showed a positive year-to-date performance for the commercial vehicle market overall, with a 19.3% increase in 2015 registrations.
Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, commented on the figures: “The commercial vehicle market’s record performance in the first half of the year has been followed by a more sedate July, underpinned by a slight fall in van registrations. This is not surprising given a particularly big uplift in the same month last year on the back of the launch of several new key models.
“Demand is still at a very high level, with year-to-date van registrations up 17% as confident businesses continue to invest in their fleets and capitalise on the ongoing trend for home deliveries. Registrations of trucks, meanwhile, saw another robust month in line with the sector’s performance in the year so far. Once again, the principal gains were made by the heavier vehicles in each market segment.”
Not only do the new figures show that the demand for commercial parcel delivery vehicles is growing, they also reflect a continued move towards maximum efficiency. This drive has been demonstrated through the increased demand for heavier commercial trucks and vans.
Having larger vans means that e-commerce businesses are able to deliver more parcels to more customers in a shorter timeframe. Access to more efficient courier methods may lead to more companies offering a variety of delivery methods such as next-day parcel delivery and click-and-collect.
Robert Mead, Marketing Manager at Parcel2Go.com, remarked: “It is really great to see that businesses in the UK are striving to develop and better their services. Delivery is a huge part of the customer’s buying process and can really make a difference when it comes to a customer deciding whether or not they will return to your store. By focusing on this aspect of the client’s journey, businesses show a continued commitment to improving experiences and ensuring that their customers are kept happy from the moment they place their order to the moment it arrives on their doorstep.”