The company, deliveryQUOTEcompare.com, has just launched from offices in Chelford Road, Knutsford, and the website is designed as a single point of reference where consumers and companies who need anything from removals, couriers and vehicle transporters to haulage, shipping and freight transport can now go to find the best deals quickly and for free. Customers can input their requirements and receive the best-priced quotes from hundreds of transport businesses, saving them time and money.
Daniel Parry, the website’s managing director, said: “I got the idea from running my other company – Garden (GB) in Shotton – which imports and distributes garden and aquatic products. I always found it extremely time-consuming and hard work contacting dozens of transport companies to get quotes. It’s essential, particularly in this financial climate, for individuals and small companies to make sure they get the best price and transport costs can vary considerably from operator to operator.
“So I came up with the idea for the website which can cover the whole market making it quick and easy to get a quote, regardless of whether you want a courier to get a parcel from Chester to Aberdeen or whether you need to import stock from the other side of the world.”
Mr Parry explained the key to success lies in the service being easy for consumers and businesses to use when searching for transport services, as well as making jobs quickly and easily available to transport operators who can register for free to find opportunities to suit their businesses.
Mr Parry added: “We have put a huge amount of thought and design time into developing the service to make sure it is very user friendly and can deliver real results for users quickly and easily.
“There is a huge gap in the market for a website such as this and currently consumers and small businesses have to spend a huge amount of time looking up the transport services they need and calling round to obtain quotes. On deliveryquotecompare.com this is all done quickly and easily in one place.
“We have just launched, but we have had a rush of transport operators sign up to the system, including some of the biggest in their fields and so customers can benefit from the best prices from potentially hundreds of suppliers.”
The service is targeted at individuals and small to medium-sized businesses which require courier, shipping, haulage, removal, transporter (car, van, motorcycle or boat), air freight services and specialist services such as hazardous cargo transport. These customers can list all the appropriate details of their requirements on the website; this request is then instantly sent to all registered companies on the site which provide that service. Operators interested in the job can then simply quote a price they will do the job for. The quotes are then forwarded to the customer who chooses a quote that’s right for them. Upon acceptance the customer pays a booking fee via the website and once the job is complete they pay the balance direct to the transport company.
All the transaction work takes place quickly and easily through the website, including detailed requests for quotations, the quotation process, acceptance, invoicing and payment processes – saving businesses and individuals time, effort, paperwork and money. Customer details are only passed to an operator once that customer has accepted a quote, both for security and so users of the site cannot be inundated by sales calls.
The website makes its money by charging the transport provider a small commission on successful bids for work. There are no sign-up fees, no subscription costs and businesses whose quotes are not accepted by the customer pay no charge.
deliveryQuotecompare.com launched this week and is backed by a six figure investment. The service is designed for everyone looking for delivery quotes and is free to use.
Anyone who requires a courier, shipping, haulage, removals, transporter, or air freight quote, can complete the website’s online form which is distributed instantly to the relevant member businesses who can then submit quotes back to the customer.
Transport businesses can register on the site instantly and registration is free of charge. Suppliers only pay a small commission if their quote is accepted by the customer.
About Daniel Parry
Daniel was born in Frodsham and has lived in Chester for the last five years. He was educated at Kings School, Chester and attended Sir John Deane’s College in Northwich before going to the Surrey Institute for Art and Design.
Daniel completed the business plan for deliveryquotecompare.com in November 2008 and secured a six figure sum to build the company from investors in March this year.