What is a Haulier & Logistics Service?
In the freight industry, we know that there can be confusing jargon around vehicles and services! From couriers to cargo and from haulage to logistics, many new clients can find themselves trapped by the patter of the industry and unable to source the service they need.
We’re here to flesh out what freight really means! If you’re looking to find out more about exactly what a haulier is, and what the logistics industry actually covers, you’re in the right place. In this article, Speedy gets to grips with those elusive terms, to help you understand what you’re dealing with when you book your haulier services.
What are Haulier & Logistics Services?
As we’ve mentioned, there are a range of courier services which can fall under the same or similar umbrella terms – so it’s important to flesh out exactly what you’re talking about! Below, we include some common definitions to help you in booking your logistics services!
The term ‘haulier’ simply refers to a person or company employed in the transport of goods or materials by road. This can be either an individual local haulier, or a huge multi national corporate haulage company which transports goods across Europe and beyond.
Haulage can also be thought of as the transportation of bulky, heavy or large shipments – so be careful how you delineate your needs! Haulage is commonly used for transportation of large stock orders and is also a good option for wide-scale product distribution, where pallets of stock rather than individual orders, i.e. parcels are concerned.
Logistics can be thought of as one of those more general ‘umbrella’ terms that we talked about earlier on! The term logistics covers the entire process of transporting goods from initial enquiry to delivery of the item or items – including the packaging, shipment, and transportation of your goods!
Courier services usually refers to the smaller vehicles on the road, from moving parcels for domestic clients to the urgent delivery of important paperwork, to projects that need to be handled with absolute care or are under a strict time restriction. To put it simply, couriers are paid to deliver materials, while logistics describes the entire process of the flow of operations, from one end to another.
All this means that you might hear some terms overlapping when realistically speaking, some may mean the same thing! Organising your logistics services for your company then typically involves engaging a haulier service (or courier company!) to provide logistics, which includes the transportation and movement of goods from A to B. Simple enough, no? Let’s look at which industries might use logistics services.
Which industries need logistics services?
The simple answer is – all of them! If you think about it, it’s clear that all industries rely on the movement of something – for instance, moving goods for manufacturing and retail is the obvious example! However, just about every industry uses logistics at some stage – whether that’s moving papers or documents for print and marketing; moving raw materials and equipment for construction; to moving aeroplane equipment for the aviation industry – no industry is left untouched by the need for logistics and transportation at some stage. Below are just some of the industries that we help with our logistics services here at Speedy Freight:
- Pharmaceutical / Medical
- Retail & E-Commerce
- Solicitors & accountants
- Right through to other logistics companies and hauliers
Book Your Haulage & Logistics Services
Booking your logistics through Speedy Freight is a painless experience. Our booking process has been designed to be a seamless process to support the movement of your consignments, no matter when or where you might need us. Our same day and next day logistics services take care of your urgent needs, while our pre-planned and scheduled booking service allows you to make bookings well in advance. Simply find your nearest branch with our Branch Locator, and feel free to pick up the phone at any time. We operate around the clock, so for 24-7 haulage and courier services here in the UK and Europe, you know you’re in good hands.