Friday, 19 November 2010

2011: New Fleet of Friendlier Vehicles, New Vehicle Livery Job!

It is amazing how ones expectations and needs are constantly evolving in business; three years ago we purchased a very expensive fleet of Mercedes trucks and vans and since then the cost of fuel has gone through the roof and logistics are now at the forefront of cost savings, Mercs not being the most fuel efficient rolling stock.

We have learnt to work smarter and more cost efficient during these dark years and therefore cost base is everything in the current climate, from staffing levels to fuel consumption we have left no stone unturned in developing our business into a truly twenty first century set up.

At Signcraft, we're a dab hand
at large banners and wraps.
Abseiling is a regular thrill
for our multi-talented staff!
Just before the crash we were considering purchasing our own aerial access platform, now we look at abseiling as a very cost effective option and have found, in terms of staff on the ground, that this system saves us from working at crazy anti social hours and has proved extremely efficient all round.

Instead of a broad brush approach to the new fleet we are focusing more carefully on what is best suited to each departments needs, the range of our operations also has to be taken into consideration as we are now covering much more of the U.K. recently we have successfully completed five re-brands for Chartered Surveying practices which have taken us from Cornwall to Lanarkshire.

The converse of this is that our service to property management departments, designers and fit out firms within our customer base is more and more focussed on Central London destinations, with all of the problems related to access and parking; this is proving to be real challenge in order to select a van that can cope with the types of signage involved and the locations, bearing in mind that the same department would be installing large monoliths in a Cambridge Science Park the next day. The answer will be flexibility within the fleet and adaptability among the staff.

By Bob Colwell, MD, Signcraft Ltd.

in this feature: vehicle graphics | large banners | hoardings | fascias