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Smart bus company Zeelo launches new service to help logistics sites deal with pre-Christmas peak period

Zeelo, the smart bus company, has launched a flexible peak service to help distribution centres, warehouses and logistics parks deal with the upcoming peak period.

Serving major employment sites in the East Midlands including Amazon, it will include flexible contract arrangements, smart routing and daily reporting on rider numbers.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the logistics and supply chain industry has experienced unprecedented rises in demand as the move to online shopping intensifies, and with Christmas just around the corner, experts are expecting it to be the biggest e-commerce period in history.

These peaks require temporary increases in staff and extended shift times in order to match the demand. Many businesses will likely increase capacity to a 24-hour operation in order to manage the demand, thus creating a number of logistics and transportation complications.

Zeelo co-founder Barney Williams said: “There is no need to get locked into long-term expensive contracts. Our team is able to launch a new service in 24 hours.

"Our service allows businesses to attract new employee pools to fill demand, add flexibility to their employees' transport options and allow us to help you manage your peak periods as efficiently and safely as possible in these unprecedented times.”

Amazon, Ocado and XPO Logistics using Zeelo smart buses 

Zeelo has been working with the likes of Amazon, XPO Logistics, Henkel and Ocado. The companies have provided both consistent daily services, as well as flexible short-term services, to ensure all employees have easy access to transportation that has the strongest Covid-19 safety measures in place, including contact tracing and capacity management.

XPO director Martin Coughlin said: “Our distribution centres remain open 24 hours a day so our dedication during these uniquely challenging times has been to review and do everything we can to keep our employees, their families and loved ones safe.

"Zeelo’s service has been crucial in minimising the risk raised and posed by colleagues regarding initial concerns to public transport usage while the UK was adapting to the new normal.

"Zeelo’s management of this service has been second to none and has been key to colleague engagement.”