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Spike in festive rental van demand helps boost Nexus to record year

The corporate vehicle rental specialist had double the number of vans out on rent year-on-year throughout December, and excluding short wheelbase vans, this number was three times higher than the same period in 2014. Overall, there was a 29.1% year-on-year increase for van rentals in 2015.     

Nexus added that the spike in van rentals highlights the current strength of the UK CV market – which saw record registrations in 2015 – and the firm’s ability to deal with unprecedented seasonal demand brought on by digital disruption to retail courier services during online shopping phenomena such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas home deliveries.  

David Brennan, chief executive officer at Nexus, said: “As a leading rental provider, we are well equipped to deal with seasonal demand and can offer guaranteed availability of vehicles – we have access to over 500,000 vehicles across 2,000 UK locations covering Newquay to Elgin!”   

Parcel delivery service Yodel was one of many new customers Nexus served in December.

Dick Stead, executive chairman of Yodel, said: “Peak plans assumed that parcel volumes over the busy peak period would vary on a daily basis, therefore Yodel needed to find a supplier capable of quickly meeting the changing vehicle needs. Nexus delivered that promise by helping Yodel adjust vehicle supply to parcel volumes by delivery location and this helped us to deliver a record breaking quality of service and record the highest levels of customer satisfaction over the biggest parcel volume peak in UK history.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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