WITH THE aid of some four-legged friends, CitySprint is making prepartions to ensure it won’t be caught out in the event of exceptionally harsh weather conditions this winter.
In partnership with Arctic Quest, the company has been trialling a new sledge-style delivery method powered by trained huskies, which it plans to utilise in an effort to minimalise any climate-induced delivery disruptions.
The company’s CEO, Patrick Gallagher, said: “We need to make sure we are ready for every eventuality and using the dogs during the snowy Christmas period in 2010 would certainly have helped reduce disruption in areas affected by the adverse conditions.
“Additionally, we hope our four legged friends bring a smile to people’s faces during the festive period and beyond!”
In addition to their powder pounding pooch patrol, CitySprint is also engaged in a massive Christmas-period recuitment drive and says it may require as many as 300 additional couriers in the run up to the festive season.
The company enjoyed its most successful December to date in 2012, completing over 250,000 deliveries and more than doubling its tally for the same period in 2011. This, Patrick Gallagher says, was due to high consumer confidence in last-minute online deliveries, which increased dramatically – peaking on 18th December and remaining high right up to Christmas Eve.
“As more and more shoppers opt to do their Christmas shopping online, we’re anticipating even higher volumes this year,” he said.
“We’re pulling out all the stops to ensure that we’re prepared for the festive season, and working with our retail customers to do the same. In particular, with potential significant disruption within the UK networks due to possible industrial action, we are gearing up to ensure we can provide emergency support during this period.”