EV Cargo Logistics

EV Cargo Logistics is reporting volumes at "Christmas levels" as it responds to increased demand for groceries across the UK.

And the company said “a collaborative spirit” has developed across the industry, as it works with subcontractors and other hauliers to ensure shelves remained stocked in the face of significant operational challenges.

It said a call from EV Cargo business Jigsaw for hauliers with spare capacity generated over 150 responses in just 48 hours and CM Downton had switched driver and vehicle resource from manufacturing-based customers to food and drink.

In order to ensure that it has the capacity to deliver during this period, the company has implemented a comprehensive business continuity plan, which includes splitting planning teams across depots, segregating staff teams and supporting colleagues with enhanced health and safety procedures.

Duncan Eyre, EV Cargo Logistics chief executive said: “Driven by the increased demand for groceries created by the likelihood of an extended COVID-19 lock-down, our current food and beverage volumes are at Christmas levels.

“We’re working closely with other quieter hauliers and traction providers to manage the situation and there’s a different atmosphere across the industry – a real spirit of everyone cooperating and collaborating to ensure the shelves stay full.

“Our grocery customers have relaxed delivery slot restrictions and are working closely with us to manage volumes.”