All-electric delivery company Packfleet is working to change seasonal driver standards this Christmas – offering sector-topping benefits during the peak period.
The London-based firm said at a time that is plagued with horror stories from drivers working for well-known courier companies, it pays all drivers above the London living wage, and provides private healthcare and pensions.
Workers will also receive free lunch and snacks when they’re on the road, and £30 a month to spend at some of the 130+ merchants who ship with Packfleet – including meal kit service Dishpatch, and online cheesemonger Cheesegeek.
Packfleet will more than double its workforce during the seasonal spike, with a variety of part-time and full-time roles available. The business will be offering drivers permanent contracts once the Christmas period has finished, to help expand their operation across the country.
The sustainable courier added that cash-strapped Londoners are looking to supplement incomes, and its seasonal staff are both paid 30% better than industry average and are set to be the best treated in Britain.
Packfleet isn’t just working to lead the way with driver standards – they’re also protecting the planet. Their entire fleet is electric and charged by renewable energy, they plant a tree for every parcel shipped.
Tristan Thomas, CEO and co-founder of Packfleet, said: “We believe that every driver should be treated fairly, all year round. You see office staff up and down the country receive all sorts of benefits during the festive season, so why shouldn’t it be the same for drivers?
“The logistics sector is rife with horror stories – especially during such a notoriously busy period – and we’re changing that. We don’t overwhelm our drivers with parcels, and our tech puts them on the quickest route possible, meaning they don’t have to speed around London to hit delivery targets.
“We’re bringing driver employment standards in line with the rest of the working world. The stories we hear from drivers at the major courier services are, quite frankly, unacceptable. It’s disgraceful that these have become the industry standard.”