UK carrier companies which will deliver fireworks
Posted 21 November 2005 - 05:06 PM
This is my first post and I've looked around to see if it should be tagged on somewhere else rather than starting a new topic... so if I've missed something obvious be gentle with me!
I'm wondering if any of you can recommend road transport firms which will deliver smallish quantities of fireworks (ie. to end consumers, so we're not talking hundreds of pounds or anything). Clearly they must exist, but I'm drawing blanks on finding them.
I wondered if this should go on the Transportation topic but that seemed to be more about individuals transporting their own fireworks than carriers who will deliver them on behalf of a retailer.
Thanks in anticipation,
Posted 21 November 2005 - 06:15 PM
Posted 22 November 2005 - 12:10 AM
But TBH it's not really worth the price unless your shipping a vast quantity.
Posted 22 November 2005 - 11:16 AM
I see most mail order firms add figures in the region of ?20 or so for delivery, usually free if the order is over a certain amount, so I guess that's my next logical question -- what do members feel is a reasonable amount to pay for delivery?
I realise that's a pretty vague question because of the variables involved (ie. ?20 on a ?1,000 order isn't bad, but ?20 on a ?50 order is another matter). So does anyone have suggestions on what other delivery options might be more viable? Think "blue sky" here, the business isn't even up and running yet so all suggestions are welcome.
Thanks again in anticipation of your input. If anyone knows of any more delivery firms I can check out please do let me know!
Posted 22 November 2005 - 12:17 PM
Your best sales are probably going to be from your store. Few people will be willing to pay ?20 delivery for anything under ?150 worth of fireworks, and apart from Nov 5th and New Years, few people would spend such an amount, when I pick up my mid-year stock (around August) I only spend about ?60. Fireworks Emporium have now imposed a ?100 minimum order limit. Probably because they have to absorb some of the delivery charge and anything under ?100 loses them money.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 02:03 PM
I reckon what you've suggested here is the best bet - concentrate on the shop and if there is demand for local delivery I could employ the services of a "man plus van" (with suitable training for the man and signage for the van). Manchester is only an hour's drive away and if we could offer weekend deliveries at little or no extra charge I think that may be a good way forward, especially since mid-week deliveries are a pain in the behind for most people who work.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 03:57 PM
Also, some members of the forum may be able to pass on stock for you for a small fee. (In other words, if you can get stock to people like me or people in other parts of the country, pay them a small fee which you can get back from the customer, they can redistribute it within a certain radius, which widens you're delivery areas.)
Posted 04 December 2005 - 08:28 PM
Regarding the Saturday deliveries, I'm glad it sounds attractive, and that kind of re-distribution idea also sounds good. I do think one of the keys is to get delivery charges down as fireworks can be expensive enough without adding on ?20 or so.
Posted 05 December 2005 - 10:49 AM
you'll be hard pressed to find a reliable, cosr effective delibery company I'm afraid - I know - I tried
Posted 05 December 2005 - 02:33 PM
Posted 04 February 2006 - 07:19 PM
Reasons for the high cost are 1) insurance 2) the legal need for ADR training for drivers 3) the need to keep strict controls on the amount of pyro at any one depot and 4) (I suspect) not many people doing it, hence little competition.
Posted 04 February 2006 - 09:11 PM
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