Here are some steps that a courier can take to minimise damage to goods in transit from pick-up to drop-off:
Secure your goods before setting off
Take steps to ensure that your parcels and boxes are secured in place and spread out enough to evenly distribute their total weight. Look out for any smaller boxes that could become loose and fall. Secure locked containers will also help to reduce the risk of theft or loss during your journey.
Plan your route
Plan the delivery route carefully to minimise the risk of theft or loss while both in transit and during your rest breaks. Keeping an eye out on detours due to accidents and researching whether your route has any particularly well-known roads with a high accident count will help you to stay vigilant as well as safe.
Secure your goods in storage and transit
When you’re not driving, make sure to store goods in a secure location when not in transit. Whilst en route, make sure you’ve sufficiently locked up your van during any rest stops and drop-offs. If you have successfully found your drop-off point but the recipient of the parcel isn’t home, go the extra mile to leave their parcel in a secure place away from opportunistic thieves.
Vet your employees
It may not seem obvious, but sometimes an employee poses a risk to your goods in transit. If you’re considering broadening your team, make sure to carry out the appropriate background checks on any employees involved in transporting goods. Requesting police certificates to show proof of a clear record is just one of the many steps to minimise the risk of theft.