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Direct Couriers expands fleet with ten prime movers

An order of ten UD Quon prime movers will help bolster the fleet of freight carrier Direct Couriers.

The first five of these have already been delivered as part of a recent expansion of its mobile assets to meet the ever-increasing demands it faces transporting goods by road all over Australia.

Direct Couriers services contracts with many of the biggest firms in the international freight forwarding industry, healthcare and medical industries along with major e-commerce players in the market place.

Founded in 1983 with a few vans and cars that serviced advertising agencies around Sydney, today the company boasts a fleet of more than 1,200 drivers and vehicles, with more than 250 office staff in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland in New Zealand.

“Our expansion over the past couple of years has been dramatic,” said Barry Reichman, Direct Couriers Managing Director.

“To maintain our high level of service we urgently needed more vehicles on the road. We were in the market for ten new prime movers and UD Trucks made it easy for us to choose the Quon.”

The business works across a broad range of tasks including same-day metropolitan courier and taxi truck hire, e-commerce home delivery services, refrigerated transport and contract logistics.

An interstate linehaul service between Sydney and Melbourne requires the use of prime movers.

Adaptability for multiple tasks was one of the major requirements for Direct Couriers when it decided the UD Quon was the right truck for the job.

It also meets the company’s emission standards requirements while demonstrating excellent fuel efficiency according to Reichman.

“The service agreement means we don’t have to worry about maintenance and reliability, because UD Trucks handle everything,” he said.

“The agreement gives us zero downtime and predictable servicing costs, and best of all we can be certain that these Quons will be with us for many years to come and give us maximum value for money.”

In a difficult period for commercial vehicle orders across the globe, where container imports, manufacturing disruptions and chip shortages have delayed deliveries, Direct Couriers have secured they needed, when they needed it.

“UD Trucks were able to provide these vehicles when we needed them and have been great to work with and we’re looking forward to buying many more vehicles from UD Trucks into the future,” said Reichman.

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