For local and international businesses, the supply chain is an essential ingredient whatever product or service a company provides. Logistics managers need to be confident that delivery will be swift, safe and personable. The couriers need to be trustworthy with a wide experience, they also need to be personable at the delivery end and offer a wide range of options for delivery. Northampton is no different than any other city in the UK and that is what we are going to look at today.
Northampton: A Need for Couriers?
Northampton lies between the two biggest cities in England – London and Birmingham on the River Nene. Archaeological evidence suggests that there has been a settlement at Northampton since the Bronze age but the size of the conurbation really began to grow with the building of the Grand Union Canal, the coming of the railways and the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries. Northampton remains one of the biggest towns in the UK.
The Footwear Industry and Couriers
In the 18th century, Northampton was known for its leather and footwear manufacture. Even then of course, successful businesses needed effective logistics to enable them to create a product and then transport it to market. It was the cheap transportation of coal on the newly built canals which made the industry a success as there was now a direct link to the coalfields at Birmingham, Manchester and London. At the end of the 19th century, trams were added to the transport options and cars were quick to follow.
The Demise of the Shoe Industry
Even though the Northampton shoe industry provided 23 million pairs of shoes for the war effort, the industry went into decline after World War 1 though business such as Barker shoes; Crockett and Jones; Edward Green and Trickers have still survived). Between the wars, the erection of Northampton Power Station provided electricity to areas over a diverse landscape. After World War 2, the engineering industry took hold and the town changed massively again. 1959 saw the opening of the M1 and in 1968 it was classed as a new town.
In the modern era, distribution and finance play a big part in the local economy (for instance Barclaycard, Blacks Leisure Centre and the Nationwide Building Society).
The town of Northampton offers a good network of transport options for couriers. As well as the M1 as stated above, major roads such as the A45 and A43 link Northampton with the other major towns in the county. Couriers wanting to access London can either go via the M1 or via rail – and the airport is just north of the town. Buses and coaches are thriving (Stagecoach Midlands) and the Grand Union Canal still offers a great service for getting products or ingredients between northern towns and cities.
Our Courier Services
Do you have a project which is either based in Northampton? Or is this town perhaps important to your supply chain? Here at Same Day Dispatch Services Ltd we have access to a diverse range of couriers throughout Northampton itself, the UK and indeed globally. We can help you find trustworthy couriers who will get your consignment to its point of delivery and in one piece.
A family based company, our couriers are friendly, experienced and perfect for your individual needs. Our unique selling point is speed. If you have a consignment that needs to get to its point of delivery in double-fast time – then you have come to the right place. For an estimate, please click here.