The ease of use and effectiveness of returnloads.net has been recognised by the UK Warehousing Association, which has shortlisted the company for its industry awards.
The development of the new returnloads.net website, and mobile apps to accompany the site, has created a more reliable and flexible platform which has seen the company shortlisted in the Technical Innovations category of the annual UKWA awards.
In the 14th year of the awards a record number of entries have been received for each category, and will take place at London's Dorchester Hotel on the 3rd July. With over 600 members, UKWA is the leading trade association for the third party logistics sector (3PL).
The UKWA judges will be looking to hand the award to a business that demonstrates an innovative response to the changing market place. The new Returnloads.net site was launched in September 2012, and the company will be hoping that its functions and features appeal to the panel.
The haulage company's aim to reduce the number of wasted journeys has saved more than 750,000 HGV empty loads in the past 12 months alone. The redesign of the website has supported this growth and continues to do so, as well as seeing the numbers of new members in the community increase ten-fold.
A new-style star-rating system gives the site's members functionality and transparency creating a supply chain process where only trusted hauliers are used. The website can be accessed in the conventional way, or using the extremely successful app that has been introduced in the past few months. Hauliers can remotely locate loads on the move via their iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
The recognition for Returnloads.net's new developments has been met with joy by managing partner, Richard Newbold:
"The new formats have really made the concept come to life so it is fantastic for it to be recognised in this way. Just being shortlisted by the UKWA is an accolade in itself, and we very much look forward to the awards presentation in July. We are very proud of the success of the website so far, and look forward to further growth."