We’ve all felt the impact of world events over the past two years. Not only have we had to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, we’re now having to deal with the consequences of the slow production of new vehicles.
The impact of this is certainly being felt across the temporary commercial vehicle rental industry with all formats now in short supply. Thankfully the relationships that have been established with local and regional suppliers during the past 23 years are paying dividends.
“Our ethos has always been to focus on strong client and supplier relationships. This service first, tech enabled strategy not only helps us go the extra mile for our customers, but it has also helped us forge strong supplier relationships which, given the current trading environment is giving us the edge over our competitors,’ said Helen Davey at City Transport Solutions.
Demand for new vehicles remains strong, which is fantastic news for the transport and logistics industry, but we’re starting to see and feel the impact of component shortages and the threat to supply chains.
Because of this, fleet vehicle managers are keeping vehicles longer than usual to ensure that they can fulfil their customer orders. It certainly puts extra pressure on us to provide temporary vehicles, especially at short notice,” added Helen.
The team at CTS has also noticed that many of their competitors are putting up their prices to capitalise on the current market.
“With businesses already struggling, under the pressure of increased fuel prices and a shortage of skilled drivers, we’re do not want to exacerbate this by increasing the cost of hiring vehicles.
Some of the large national suppliers have increased prices significantly and there is no denying that there is still a supply issue. The CTS team have used the strength of the relationships they have forged with both local and regional suppliers to secure vehicles, this is helping us hold steady in a very challenging market,” said Helen.
To speak to the team to find out how they can support you, please call 0800 279 0164