Do you think the way you ship things is good for the environment? How do you transport big items on a regular basis? Do you use courier services, ask a friend for a favour or hire a man with a van? Maybe, you just rely on your own skills and a free space in your car? It might be a good idea when you’re dealing with small or average size items, not fragile or bulky ones.
For example, asking a friend to help you with moving a 30-year-old, family inherited wooden wardrobe might not be as reasonable as it seems when you first think about it. Obviously, you trust that person so you can be sure he or she will do everything to prevent destroying valuable part of familial memory. Though, what you really need to put your trust in are the skills of that person.
Better ways to ship things
You need to be aware that transporting bulky items is oftentimes quite complicated and requires months if not years of experience and know-how. There a number of options available to you whether you’re moving house or are selling your new fashion collection.
- On a trailer
- In a van
- With a courier
- Transport online marketplace
- With the Post Office
Be responsible, be eco
The interesting, time-saving and eco-friendly trend in mobility has been present for more than a few years already. A long-distance car sharing initiative called Blablacar was created in 2003. Many people now cannot imagine their lives without these convenient, cost-effective solutions that impact their everyday life.
Another cool invention of the 2000s is Airbnb, founded in 2008. As you probably know, this website enables you to rent your apartment, whether you’re out of town, have a spare room to share with travelers or just want to make a financial profit out of the studio that is sitting empty and not making any money for you.
There’s a similar service for classic car hire for weddings and other events in BookAclassic that works much in the same way as Airbnb. The sharing economy is big and it’s here to stay.
Transport marketplace in an option
Why do I mention this among sharing economy apps? The way Clicktrans is handling bulky items transport resembles the apps mentioned earlier. It is indeed quite similar to what Blablacar does for drivers and passengers. It matches them.
What’s great about shipping with a transport online marketplace is that you don’t need to spend hours on searching the web to find the right transport company. They are all on Clicktrans. As a customer, all you need to do is to type the name of your delivery, describe it, choose the pickup and delivery location and post it for free. Then if you are a transport provider, you will be able to search through thousands of listings and match them with the journeys you scheduled already.
In times when road transport accounts for around 20% of air pollution (Eurostat), it’s crucial to be aware of eco-friendly solutions. Transport optimisation is possible thanks to online tools like Blablacar or Clicktrans, which help to reduce traffic and use the full capacity of trucks and private cars every day.
Give it a try!