Pickup Truck in the Snow

How to Winterize Your Pickup Truck

By on November 13, 2018 in Tips, Trucks

When it’s cold out, you will take steps to protect yourself from the elements. You’ll probably put on a coat, maybe gloves. Your pickup truck also needs winter-weather protection. We know, your truck is one tough vehicle, but ice and snow can take their toll if you don’t take steps to prepare. It’s important to winterize your pickup against the colder temperatures and harsh weather conditions ahead.

Follow these steps to winterize your pickup truck and keep it running well all winter long.

    • Check Your Antifreeze: Make sure your antifreeze is filled and the proper color. Antifreeze coolant should be red, green, blue or yellow. If it looks colorless, rusty, or has things floating in it you will need to flush your cooling system and add new coolant. Antifreeze is critical for the health of your engine. If keeps fluids in a liquid state by not allowing them to turn to ice or steam.
    • Check the Battery: Cold temperatures can drain battery life quickly. Starting up your pickup truck engine in freezing temperatures can take twice as much current as during fair weather. When winterizing your pickup, check that all battery connections are clean and tight. Now is also a good time to make sure you have the correct battery for your climate. Heavy duty options should be used for pickup trucks in winter climates.
    • Get an Oil Change: It’s important to get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Oil behaves differently in cold weather, so make sure you are getting the recommended oil viscosity range for cold driving during your next oil change.
    • Inspect Your Tires and Get Snow Chains: Inspect the tread of your tires. Bald tires or thin tread won’t give you the traction you need on wet or snowy roads. Consider investing in chains or studded snow tires if you expect extended periods of ice and snow.
    • Protect Your Pickup Truck Bed: If you don’t have a truck bed liner, consider getting one before the winter weather comes. Pickup truck bed liners protect the truck from scratches, rust chemical contamination and paint deterioration. They also provide an anti-skid, anti-slip surface that could help you keep your footing or stabilize your cargo during winter months.
    • Get Heavy Duty Floor Mats: Fabric and carpet floor mats won’t hold up to the winter slush from your boots and shoes. If you haven’t already, get your pickup truck waterproof floor mats that are easy to rinse and wipe.
    • Check Your Wiper Blades: Snow, rain and ice all decrease your visibility while driving. Old, worn out wiper blades will smear the precipitation, instead of clearing your view. Check your wiper blades to ensure your pickup will have the best visibility on the road, and replace them if necessary.
    • Winterize Your Headlights: Headlights can improve your visibility in poor weather. If any bulbs go out, replace them immediately. Slush, snow and salt can stick to the lights, reducing the range of the light they put out. To help keep them clear, put a thin layer of car wax on your headlights. It contains a water repellant to help keep winter slush from sticking.
    • Get Covered: If you are looking at an extended winter, or lots of outdoor parking, consider getting covers when you prepare to winterize your pickup truck. Grille covers protect your engine from freezing temperatures. Windshield covers are available to keep ice and snow off your windshield, saving you the hassle of chipping it off.
    • Protect the Seats: If you are a winter sports fan, and intend to spend time skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more, consider buying a cover to protect your seat from snow, ice and dirt. This may not be necessary if you aren’t using your pickup for messier activities.
    • Consider Weights: Losing traction in your 2-wheel drive pickup? Placing some additional weight, such as sandbags, over the rear wheels can help with traction. But, be careful, too much weight will cause the truck to swing out at turns. Increasing total weight also increases your stopping distances.

The pickup truck’s powerful engine and versatile capabilities should get you through the winter just fine. Taking these steps to winterize your pickup truck will help ensure that it continues to perform well throughout the cold season.

At GoShare, we love pickup trucks and pickup truck divers! We love them so much, we built an app to help connect pickup truck owners and everyday people for their delivery and moving needs.

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Best Times to Buy a New Pickup Truck

By on November 12, 2018 in Tips, Trucks

Spring time weather may bring on the urge to cruise in a new pickup truck, but spring may not actually be the best time to score a great deal on the 4×4 of your dreams. What is the best time to buy a new pickup truck? Follow these tips to save money and get your dream vehicle at a discount.

Maximize Holiday Sales

Holiday sales can be a great way to maximize dealer and manufacturer discounts on pickup trucks. Of all the holiday sales throughout the year, Memorial Day has historically featured some of the strongest savings. During Memorial Day weekend, many dealers and manufacturers offer high discounts and incentives. And, the savings add up. A survey from TrueCar found that the greatest discounts for small trucks could be had in the month of May. If you can hold off your spring shopping fever until May, you may save a few hundred or even thousand dollars off your purchase.  

Take Advantage of Inventory Transitions

Most dealers receive the next year’s models in October. So, dealerships are motivated to move last year’s models off the lot to make room. They’ll be willing to negotiate and bargain. TrueCar found that buyers received discounts of up to 8% off MSRP for vehicles purchased in October. It was also the highest-savings month for the purchase of large pickup trucks.

Wait for End of Year Savings

December, is hands down, the best month to find vehicle savings if you look at averages across all vehicle types. With the year coming to a close, dealerships are motivated to meet sales quotas and more willing to make deals. If you are willing to negotiate and haggle, you could bring home a new pickup truck for the holidays. Now… how to fit it under the tree?

New Year, New Truck

Missed the end of year rush? You have one more great sales opportunity before the long stretch between the holidays and Memorial Day. If you can drag yourself out of bed, New Year’s Day ranks high for discounts and deals. With a roll over of the end of year spirit, and low foot traffic in stores, buyers average a $900 savings on this day in TrueCar’s survey.

Shop on Weekdays

Need a new truck and can’t wait for the end of the year to roll around? Make sure to shop on a weekday. Weekends are a busy time for car dealerships. If you visit on a weekday, the salesperson has more time to negotiate because they are serving fewer customers. While all weekdays were better than weekends, Wednesday is the best day to purchase a new vehicle. Consumers that purchased on Wednesday average a $300 savings over those that bought on Sunday. You could get some pretty nice mud flaps for your pickup with those savings!

Wait until the End of the Month

Waiting until the end of the month can also increase your chances of scoring a deal. Dealerships often offer bonuses to sales staff that meet monthly sales targets. So, the sales personnel are extra motivated to close a few more deals at the end of the month. While, on average, the savings for end of month aren’t as high as end of year, you can’t always wait several months for your new truck. And, depending on your negotiating skills and the dealership’s inventory position, you may be able to realize some strong savings on your next pickup truck.

Just need a truck for a quick job? GoShare can connect you with a network of local moving and delivery professionals with pickup trucks, cargo vans and box trucks. All delivery professionals are licensed, background checked, and insured.

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How to Safely Transport Televisions and Large Items in Pickup Trucks

By on November 10, 2018 in Tips, Trucks

You’ve finally invested in that brand new television, and now it’s time to bring it home. Follow these steps to safely transport your TV in a pickup truck bed or cab. These tips will also work for similar large, bulky items and electronics.

Supplies

If you are transporting your television in the bed of your truck, you’ll need a few supplies to secure your TV and ensure that it doesn’t slide around or become damaged during the move. Smaller televisions may be transported in the cab of the truck. When using the cab, a seatbelt can be used in the place of ratchet straps.

Use ratchet straps instead of bungee cords. Bungee cords can slip and allow your cargo to slide. Ratchet straps will provide a safer, more secure hold.

How to Load and Secure the Television

GoShare Pro Travis demonstrates the proper way to load and secure an oversized big screen TV in his truck. Watch the video above and follow the appropriate steps below to get your new big screen home safely.

Oversized boxes, big screens, or large cargo

  1. Lay down a moving blanket to protect, create a cushion and prevent damage.
  2. Carefully lift the television and place it on the blanket. Keep the television box upright at all times.
  3.  Place it firmly against the side of the truck bed.
  4. Pull the cargo straps across the box, avoid twisting the straps as you feed them through the ratchet.
  5. Tighten the straps. If the straps are beginning to tear or crush the box, it may be too tight.
  6. Check that it’s secure by pulling on the straps. The TV should be snug, and not be able to wiggle or pop up.
  7. You are ready to hit the road!

Smaller televisions, medium boxes, or small cargo

  1. Clear out the back seat to create room for the item.
  2. Carefully lift the television and place it across the seat. Keep the television box upright at all times.
  3. Pull the seatbelt across the TV and buckle it in to secure it in an upright position.
  4. Lay the passenger seat down so the headrest is in front of the box. This helps minimize potential damage if you hit bumps in the road.
  5. Check that the TV is secure and won’t slide out or wobble.
  6. You are ready to hit the road!

Big box, little car? GoShare can connect you with a network of local moving and delivery professionals with pickup trucks, cargo vans, and box trucks. All delivery professionals are background checked and insured.

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Best Gifts for Pickup Truck Lovers

By on November 9, 2018 in Tips, Trucks

Got a hard-to-buy-for pickup truck lover in your life this holiday season? We’ve assembled a list of creative and unique Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers for your favorite pickup truck owner. From the useful to the whimsical, there is something for every truck lover on this list.

Heavy Duty, All-Weather Floor Mats
Help keep their beloved vehicle clean with this useful gift. All-weather, heavy duty rubber floor mats are durable and protect from water, snow, mud, and debris.

Emergency Roadside Kit
It may not be the sexiest gift under the tree this year, but a roadside kit can come in handy. With everything from jumper cables to an air compressor, this kit will make sure your favorite pickup truck driver is ready for whatever the new year has to offer.
Cargo Stabilizer Bar
This may be an awkward gift to wrap, but worth the extra paper and ribbons. This stabilizer bar keeps cargo from sliding around in the back of a pickup truck. Useful and thoughtful!

Backup Camera Kit
This unique and creative gift is sure to surprise them. Many newer trucks come with backup cameras to assist with reversing and parking. With this simple-to-install kit backup camera kit, your truck lover can add this functionality to their pickup truck.

Magnetic Phone Holder
This cool gadget would make a fun and unexpected stocking stuffer. The magnetic phone holder attached to the truck’s air vents and keep the smartphone in view for easy map and navigation use while keeping their hands free to drive.

Antenna Topper
This stocking stuffer is sure to make them smile. If you don’t love the adorable pilot antenna ball below, that’s okay. There are many antenna toppers to choose from! Whether it’s something patriotic, a whimsical cactus, or a nostalgic Mickey Mouse, there is an antenna topper for all interests and personalities.
Travel Mug or Tumbler
Keep their drink holder from getting lonely with an insulated tumbler that keeps coffee warm or water cold. The YETI Rambler comes with a magnet sliding lid to protect from spills and will keep drinks warm for 5 to 6 hours.

Truck Bed Tent
The perfect surprise for someone that loves the outdoors and camping. Turn your pickup into a portable campground with an innovative truck bed tent.

Windshield Cover
Dreaming of a white Christmas? It may look great on the holiday cards, but it’s not so fun scraping a fresh layer of snow off a windshield. Surprise them with a cover for their pickup truck. Nothing says, “I love you” more than saving someone the hassle of de-icing their windows.

Tailgate Ladder
Whether the back of the pickup is full of presents, like Santa’s sleigh, or bales of hay, this helpful ladder makes it easy to access the load. This creative gift is sure to please any pickup truck owner.

Truck Cab Organizer
This may not be the most glamorous gift, but it is definitely one they will actually use. An organizer, built just for pickup trucks, stretches across the back of the cab to hold everything from tools to hand sanitizer.
Truck Cab Organizer

Vehicle Trash Can
Any road trips planned for the new year? Than this leakproof trash bin is the perfect gift to help keep their pickup organized and clean. This creative gift may be the most useful present they receive this Christmas.

Tonneau Cover
Keep snow, rain and other weather and debris out of their truck bed with a sleek tonneau cover. Even if they park indoors, this helpful cover can protect the pickup when out and about and in retail parking lots. Before investing in this gift, make sure to match it with the right bed length.
Tonneau Cover

Christmas Tree Ornament
The perfect, festive addition to any Christmas tree. This Hallmark 2018 Keepsake Ornament is modeled after a 1954 Mercury M-100. It would make a great stocking stuffer.

Coffee Table Book
This gift is perfect for Ford fans. Learn about the USA’s most popular vehicle of all time, and enjoy some incredible photos of vintage trucks. The Complete Book of Classic Ford F-Series Pickups is a must have present for any truck enthusiast.

Wall Calendar
Greet each new month of the new year with a classic Chevy. With beautiful photographs of timeless trucks, a calendar makes a great gift for an enthusiast. Perfect for the kitchen, office, or anywhere else they’d like to hang it.
Truck Calendar

Pickup Truck Planter
Even a tough and rugged truck lover enjoys a touch of whimsy. The headlights on this solar-powered planter light up as the sun sets. Fill the planter’s truck bed with brightly-colored flowers or handsome succulents to add a personal touch to this present.

Need a truck? GoShare can connect you with a network of local moving and delivery professionals with pickup trucks, cargo vans, and box trucks. All delivery professionals are licensed, background checked, and insured.

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Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Packing Their Car

By on November 8, 2018 in Tips, Trucks, Vans

Big box, little car? Whether it’s bringing home your new big screen or moving apartments, people can be pretty creative when it comes to moving large or bulky items with small vehicles. Here is a list of things not to do when loading up your car or vehicle with large loads.

1. Don’t put the heavy stuff on top of the lighter items

Broken Egg

Whether it’s groceries or moving boxes, be aware of the order you place items in your car. You may be in a rush, but take time to properly arrange your items in your car. Even while going slow on backroads, items will shift with the movement of your vehicle. Make sure to place heavy items on the bottom and secure them in place to prevent your free weights from destroying grandma’s old vase.

2. Don’t forget to secure your cargo

TV Being Transported Incorrectly In Car

Any cargo on the roof of the car or in the bed of a truck should be secured bungee cords, twine, or cargo straps. Ratcheting cargo straps will provide the most secure hold. Securing your cargo not only protects the item, it prevents accidents and injuries. While only 15 states have laws about improperly secured loads, all 50 make it a crime to drop debris from your vehicle, and with good reason. A report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that there were 51,000 crashes, 10,000 injuries, and 440 deaths as a result of debris flying off cars in 2010.

3. Don’t block your windows

Overstuffed Car

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Minivan so full you can barely close the trunk? If you’ve stuffed the back seat or passenger seat so full of boxes and cargo that you can’t see through the window clearly, you could be risking a costly ticket. Most states and localities have laws on books to ensure that drivers have unobstructed views of the traffic around them – including outside and back windows. Don’t risk a ticket or your safety.

4. Don’t create a tower on your roof 

Overloaded Roof Rack

Courtesy of NH State Police

On average, most cars, SUVs, and trucks are only able to carry around 165 pounds on their roof. That’s right, even large SUVs and trucks aren’t rated to carry large loads on top of the vehicle. Moreover, large loads on top of the car affect the car’s braking performance and may make it more susceptible to high winds.

5. Don’t violate overhang laws
Car with lumber in trunk

Each states has different law regulating overhang, but the idea is the same. Items strapped to the roof of your car should not be so large as to create danger to drivers around you, impair your view of the surrounding, or create wind challenges. For example, driving quickly with a mattress on your roof could cause it to be lifted by the wind and even fly off. If you are driving with a long narrow object on your roof or overhanging your truck bed, such as a ladder or lumber, attach a safety flag to the end to help drivers behind you see the item.

If you’ve got large, bulk items that need to be moved, and your car isn’t big enough for the job, don’t fret. GoShare is your friend with a truck. Don’t risk your safety or a ticket trying to make large loads fit in small vehicles. Contact GoShare or download the app to hire find a local pickup truck, cargo van, or box truck owner to assist you with your move. The drivers are licensed, insured, and background checked. It’s simple, affordable, and fast. You can schedule someone to come in under an hour!

Plowing the Ardmore station parking lot

Creative Ways to Earn Money with Your Pickup Truck

By on November 5, 2018 in Tips, Trucks

Use your pickup truck to pick up some extra earnings! Pick up trucks have some serious towing and hauling power. Put that horsepower to work for some extra cash and spending money. Or, use the part-time gig as a way to pay off your monthly payment on the truck. Here are four ways you could start earning money with your pickup truck:

Plowing Snow 

Forget shoveling the driveway by hand or waiting for a snow plow to free you from being snowed in. Attach a plow to the front of your truck and clear the snow from your driveway and street. Better yet, offer your services to neighbors and local businesses to earn a little extra holiday spending money. Snow plow attachments are available in a variety of weights and sizes, so be sure to find one that is a fit for your truck. Average investment to purchase a snow plow attachment is $2,000 – $4,000.

Towing Cars

Your truck has some serious towing power. Attach a wheel lift to your truck and you’re ready to give your stalled and stranded neighbors a lift to the mechanic. There are many types of lifts on the market, some that are completely hidden when not in use. Average investment to purchase and install a wheel lift can range from $5,000 – $9,000.

Advertise on Your Truck

If you are on the road often, you may qualify to earn money as a moving billboard. Companies such as Carvertise and Wrapify will pay between $90 – $450 a month for wrapping your car in branded advertisements. The larger the wrap, the greater the monthly rate. This side hustle comes with some commitments. You’ll need to meet a minimum number of miles on the road in public places and keep your pickup truck clean.

Start a Moving or Hauling Business

Every pickup truck owner knows the feeling… another buddy calling you out of the blue, asking to borrow your pickup to move a desk, a couch, a whole apartment’s worth of stuff… Get paid to move and deliver by starting your own moving, delivery or hauling business. The easiest way to get money for moving or hauling with your pickup truck is to sign up with GoShare. GoShare refers customers to you, insures the cargo and handles the billing. You get paid weekly. Learn more about the benefits of signing up with GoShare at www.goshare.co/drivers. Average investment is less than $100, including a backup truck and investing in basic moving equipment such as cargo straps and moving blankets.

So, what are you waiting for? Turn your spare time into spare change. Your pickup truck is the perfect partner for earning extra side income.

Top 5 Reasons To Choose GoShare for Delivery

By on November 3, 2018 in GoShare for Business, Tips

Big box, little car? We’ve all been there. Let GoShare’s network of delivery professionals bring it home. GoShare’s professionals are just a tap away with the easy to use app. Download the app or request an estimate online, it takes less than three minutes to get your estimate and hire a delivery and moving professional.

Not convinced? Here are our top five reasons you should select GoShare:

GoShare is affordable.

Furniture and appliance stores often charge $100 – $200, simply to drop an item off at your house. GoShare deliveries start as low as $39.99. Pay only for the time you use the delivery professional, no inflated flat fees.

Available in an hour or less.

Some stores make you wait days or weeks to deliver your item. Others don’t offer delivery at all. No matter where you’ve made your purchase, whether it’s a Costco or a Craigslist seller, you can hire a delivery professional driver to arrive in less than an hour. Or, schedule ahead. Whatever works for you!

Pick your time.

Hate long delivery windows? Worse, delivery companies that only give you weekday options, forcing you to take time off of work. GoShare doesn’t believe it’s acceptable to force someone to wait 4 hours or more for a delivery person to show up. With GoShare, you pick the day and time that works for you.

Better for your back.

Don’t lift a finger. Our delivery professionals will help with the loading and unloading. Simply tell them where you want your item to go.

We’ve got you covered.

Every GoShare delivery is protected by $4 million in liability coverage.

So, what are you waiting for? Give GoShare a try. We’re your friend with a truck.™

How Much Can a Pickup Truck Hold?

By on October 30, 2018 in Tips, Trucks

Pickup trucks are one of the most popular vehicles in America. Last year, they accounted for 16.4% of all vehicles sold in the country. And, the top selling vehicle in the country is the Ford F-Series truck. People love trucks because of their versatility and utility.

Pickup trucks are personal vehicles, not large tractor trailers. So, you may be wondering, how much can pickup trucks actually hold? The answer is, quite a lot!

You have probably heard pickup trucks referred to as half-ton, three-quarter ton, and one-ton vehicles. These terms are referring to the truck’s load capacity, or how much it can haul. So, a half-ton truck is designed to be able to safely haul and carry 1,000 lbs of cargo!

Here is a quick guide to the type of loads different pickup trucks are capable of hauling:

Half-Ton Pickup Trucks

Half-ton pickup trucks are also called light-duty trucks. But, these trucks are hardly lightweights. Half-ton pickup trucks are ideal for moving furniture and hauling trash. Most moving companies estimate that each room in your home has about 1,000 lbs of items in it. So, this truck is perfect for helping with small moves.

Things that weigh 1,000 pounds:

  • 10 Bookcases
  • 6 China Cabinets
  • 4 Treadmills
  • 1 Grand Piano

Three-Quarter Ton Pickup Trucks

This all-purpose truck is still perfect for driving around town and going to the office. But, it has an increased load capacity over the half-ton. Capable of hauling loads up to 1,500 lbs, this truck is perfect for hauling loads of dirt or sand or towing small fifth-wheel trailers.

Things that weigh 1,500 pounds:

  • 15 Grandfather Clocks
  • 8 Refrigerators
  • 2 Harley-Davidson Bikes
  • 1 Moose

One-Ton Pickup Trucks

One-ton trucks are also called heavy duty pickup trucks. These trucks have some serious pickup power. Capable of hauling 2,000 lbs, they are the ideal choice for construction workers, farmers, and anyone that may need to haul heavier cargo. These trucks are also perfect for towing fifth-wheel trailers, horse trailers or boats.

Things that weigh 2,000 pounds:

  • 13 Sofas
  • 4 Studio Pianos
  • 3 Grizzly Bears
  • 1 Compact Car

Pickup trucks are clearly powerful vehicles, so let’s put them to work! Whether you are looking to move a new piece of furniture, haul a load of junk, or change apartments – pickups have the load capacity to move your stuff. Don’t have a pickup truck of your own? GoShare is your friend with a truck. Use GoShare’s website or mobile app to find local pickup truck and cargo van owners in your area. You can request assistance to arrive in as little as thirty minutes to help with your moving, hauling and delivery needs. All professionals are licensed, background checked, and insured.

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How On Demand Delivery Services Helps Businesses

By on October 28, 2018 in GoShare for Business, Retail

Every year, consumer expectation for quicker, more affordable delivery grows. In a 2017 survey by Deloitte, more than half of shoppers said “fast shipping” was two days or less. Only 35 percent felt 3-4 day shipping was fast, down from 42 percent in 2016 and 63 percent in 2015. In a period of two years, the number of consumers that felt  3-4 days was fest fell by almost half! Some call this the Amazon-effect, with Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping options redefining consumer expectations. 

It’s not just ecommerce retailers that are feeling the need to improve the speed of their performance. Local retailers are also feeling pressure to offer same day delivery services. Whether it’s a piece of furniture or a new big screen TV, consumers are looking to retailers to help them get these items home, and to do so quickly. If an easy, affordable solution isn’t available, retailers risk losing the sale to online retailers that offer ship-to-home options.

At GoShare we’ve provided a quick, affordable solutions for businesses everywhere to adapt to the increased pressure to provide on-demand delivery services. Here are a few ways we’ve been helping others out:

Big Box Retailer

While big box retailers often have perfected their supplier-to-store supply chains, they may have a challenge in adapting to on-demand logistics. Large items, such as furniture or large electronics, may not fit in a consumer’s car. Traditional delivery fleets are expensive to maintain, and often take 3-5 days or more to deliver. Further, they can require customers to wait during lengthy, multi-hour delivery windows for their delivery. Retailers risk losing the sale to online competition which can provide faster delivery.

GoShare has partnered with retailers like Costco to offer their members affordable, on-demand delivery. GoShare gives Costco customers access to a fleet of delivery professionals with the proper vehicles and equipment to help get large, bulky items delivered same day. Customers are referred to the GoShare app where, in less than a minute, they can hire a delivery professional. Professionals can be scheduled in advance, or arrive in less than an hour. All drivers are licensed, insured and background checked.

Mom and Pop Stores

Small, independent stores are in a situation similar to big box businesses. For many small retailers, owning a fleet of delivery vehicles is simply not an option. Delivery vehicles and drivers are expensive to maintain, and taxing for the budget of an independent business owner. Similar to large big box stores, small businesses can find the support they need in GoShare’s platform. Simply refer customers to GoShare’s app and they’ll be able to find a local delivery professional to get that perfect piece from the store to their living room. This allows small businesses to focus more on doing what they love rather than worrying about the logistics of delivery.

Logistics Companies

It might come as a surprise that even companies that specialize in logistics might need the help of another logistics company. Even somebody like UPS might have a need for an on demand fleet like GoShare’s. Despite having a sophisticated logistics system there are times when even UPS suffers from irregular demand. High overhead costs, such as vehicle tax, vehicle registration, insurance and the salaries of drivers, still need to be paid even if demand is low. But, not having those assets on hand means that when demand surges, they may not be adequately staffed to fill customer needs. GoShare works with traditional logistics companies to provide overflow service during surge times, ensuring that deliveries are made without having to incur unnecessary cost and overhead in non-peak times.

GoShare is known for providing on demand delivery for both businesses and consumers. With our fleet of delivery professionals we can help you get your items delivered quickly and safely at an affordable cost. Learn more and see if GoShare is a great fit for your business. Get an estimate and book now online.

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What is Last Mile Delivery?

By on October 26, 2018 in GoShare for Business, Retail, Tips

In the age of big internet retailers, the term last mile delivery gets thrown around a lot. You may be wondering, what is last mile delivery?

Last mile delivery is the last stage of the logistics process. It involves getting the goods from a warehouse or retailer to the final destination (your doorstep!). Basically, it’s the “last mile” or few miles the item will travel before reaching its new owner.

While it may seem simple, last mile delivery is often the most challenging and expensive part of the logistics process for retailers. Up until this point, their inventory has been moved in batches. From suppliers to the warehouse to the retailers – delivery trucks and shipping containers are filled to capacity to maximize efficiency.

But, during the last mile of delivery, items need to be packed and labeled individually. Each item is sent to a different location, not the same hub. This may be done through the mail stream or with a shipping company such as UPS or FedEx. Large items, like furniture, may require special delivery.

Companies like Amazon, with their 2-day and same-day delivery options, have put pressure on other online retailers to follow suit. Consumers want their items fast, and they don’t want to pay a lot for delivery. In a 2017 survey by Deloitte, more than half of shoppers said “fast shipping” was two days or less. Only 35 percent felt 3-4 day shipping was fast, down from 42 percent in 2016 and 63 percent in 2015.

Local retailers are also feeling pressure to offer same-day, last mile delivery. Whether it’s a new couch, mattress, or dresser, consumers are looking to retailers to help them get these items home, and to do so quickly. If retailers can’t help consumers find a speedy solution, they risk losing the sale to online retailers that offer ship-to-home options.

GoShare enables local retailers to offer affordable, last mile delivery to their consumers. Simply refer consumers to the GoShare app to find a licensed, insured, background checked delivery professional. Consumers can choose when they want the pickup to take place. It can be scheduled in advance, or the drivers can arrive in as little as half an hour. It’s like having a fleet of trucks on demand, without the investment or upkeep.

Learn more about how GoShare can help businesses solve their last mile delivery challenges in our online business center.