Does your business have an idea of how demand is likely to shift as the UK prepares to ease lockdown measures?
Are things likely to return to exactly as before, or have the consumer habits and needs in your industry altered?
If there are too many unknowns to confirm your long-term logistics plans right now, then a short-term rental contract could be an ideal solution while you’re assessing your long-term strategy.
Over the last 12 months, we’ve all been reacting quickly to meet changing needs across the supply networks that were affected by the pandemic, lockdown and restrictions.
Demands for certain commodities unexpectedly surged and business needs became difficult to predict. As the demand suddenly increased, we quickly rented out our tankers to deliver the important commodities that were most in need. From food to fuel, we distributed tankers across the UK – and we were proud we could play our part in keeping the country moving.
We know that the beginning of the pandemic caused these rapid and unexpected surges, which have fluctuated more than usual throughout the year. But what does this mean for demand now, as we approach the other side…?
Each year brings typical seasonal fluctuations, but is your industry also starting to experience other shifts in demand as we begin to adjust to life after lockdown?
Here are a few of the areas in which we’re currently preparing for increased demands for short-term tanker rental.
We’re anticipating upcoming higher demand for milk tankers, for two different reasons.
Firstly, Spring is historically a busy time for the milk industry and so each year we see increased demand from distributors for at least one extra tanker to bolster their fleet throughout the high season.
Additionally, UK milk production is forecast to increase this year with growth predictions against last year – so short-term tankers will be essential to support milk transportation through what’s set to be a very busy Spring 2021.
Whether the pandemic and lockdown restrictions have been a contributing factor or whether it’s a combination of other factors at play too, we’ve seen a continuous increase in demand throughout the year for non-hazardous waste tankers on a short-term rental basis.
With no sign of demand slowing, it’s an area we’re continuing to invest in so that we can respond quickly and reliably to both our existing customers and our new customers who will be experiencing a greater need to expand their fleet, often at short notice.
As we’re entering fertiliser season, we’re also anticipating a higher demand for short-term chemical tankers to cope with increased distribution needs.
While it’s difficult for any of us to predict how each industry will be affected as the nation begins to open up again, one thing we’ve all excelled in during the last 12 months is adapting and reacting quickly to unexpected change.
Shifting from fixed, long-term strategies to short-term, responsive planning has been a key theme over the last 12 months. Many businesses are reluctant to think too far ahead until they have more intel on the longer-term trends that will emerge in their industry post-lockdown.
In readiness for the typical seasonal fluctuations we see each year, PLUS the easing of lockdown measures potentially boosting many industries, we’re gearing up for a busy period of supporting quick-turnaround logistics demands.
As one of the UK’s largest stainless steel tanker rental companies, we specialise in solving the logistical needs of various market sectors. Short-term tanker rental contracts offer you maximum flexibility and security – ensuring your operations continue successfully, even when demand is unpredictable.
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