Bicycle couriers pick up extra supplies, with vans of work with Covid-19

Nocar Cargo cycle courier company has picked up work from another courier company that is short of drivers, which means an increase of up to 200 packages delivered every day on the bike instead of by car.  Photo: Co-owner Christian Williams.

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Nocar Cargo cycle courier company has picked up work from another courier company that is short of drivers, which means an increase of up to 200 packages delivered every day on the bike instead of by car. Photo: Co-owner Christian Williams.

A shortage of drivers in Wellington means that a maximum of 200 more packages are delivered every day by bicycle courier.

Nocar Cargo has partnered with courier company Aramex to deliver some of its packages, as the industry is experiencing the impact of Covid-19, a number of couriers in the Wellington region that are currently not doing well or isolating.

This means that more deliveries than ever are delivered emission-free – and often faster than traditional couriers – within the central city. For Covid-19, they made about 80 deliveries per day.

The wave of Omicron around the country has seen shortages of workers in all sectors, from restaurants to supermarkets, and companies are changing how they operate to stay afloat.

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Nocar Cargo co-owner Jamie Hoare said most of their deliveries were same day, with their main brand printing, business cards, posters, pamphlets and auto parts.

The printed goods may be intuitive, but auto parts less so. Hoare explained that it took a lot of effort to put cars up and down in lifts, so once a car was up there, it was easier to leave it there until the necessary part could arrive and be installed.

“Plus, people usually want their car back the same day because they need it,” he said.

Bicycles are often more cost-effective, up-to-date and reliable than cars for same-day deliveries.

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Bicycles are often more cost-effective, up-to-date and reliable than cars for same-day deliveries.

Hoare said bikes are more cost-efficient and on-time and reliable than cars for same-day delivery. “We never have to find parking, and we are not held back by traffic,” he said.

Each Omnium truck, powered by Lekkie engines and batteries, can carry up to 80 pounds[80 kg].

“We can be competitive on price because we have no fuel and less maintenance costs,” Hoare said.

The company started in 2015, but after three years it was put up for sale, and was bought by Hoare and his friend Christian Williams. Chris Baker bought a little later, and the company now had two and a half full-time riders.

The pandemic was originally a worrying time for their company; their business fell away because the city collapsed, people did not come in to work, and businesses operated from home or contactless.

Covid-19, though a cautious start, proved to be a boon for the company, with more deliveries coming its way due to shortages in dryers.

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Covid-19, though a cautious start, proved to be a boon for the company, with more deliveries coming its way due to shortages in dryers.

But it turned out to be a great blessing for them; the other company, which was not immediately available for comment, now drops 80 to 200 packages a day to Nocar Cargo’s Mount Victoria depot for delivery in the central city.

It had not increased the distance they traveled, Hoare said, but had increased the density of their deliveries, meaning they were even more cost-effective and efficient.

Aramex New Zealand CEO Mark Little said the safety of its couriers, staff and the public was of paramount importance. “We are pleased to be partnering with Nocar Cargo to ensure that there is minimal impact on our customers in this time of increased demand for delivery, while at the same time supporting another local business.”


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