It is true that transport impacts on businesses less than it used to. This is because of computer technology. Workers can now, in many cases, work from home and so do not need to commute to work. This means that workers can start work straight away instead of potentially being delayed on public transport. For those businesses involved in transport, it is becoming increasingly necessary to look at energy-efficient vehicles. This article considers all aspects of transport that relate to business.
Commuting to Work
Research has been conducted that has revealed it is cheaper to travel by car if you do it frequently and at peak times. Peak-time rail travel has been worked out as being 13 times more expensive when compared to making the same journey by car. This is taking into account rail tickets and fuel costs. This means that workers when applying for jobs will need to factor in whether the job provides enough money for them to run a car or be so far away that it is not viable for them to work at such a place. The other option is to move house but that will be expensive, too, in the short term. So, it can be said that travelling costs which affect a worker will have a knock-on effect for the employer trying to recruit the best staff, wherever they may be from.
Working from Home
The pandemic has seen more of us working from home. This has been an eye-opener for many employers who had previously never contemplated any of their staff working from home. They can now, however, see the benefits when it comes to saving money on premises in the future. The cost of running a computer at home for a member of staff is negligible compared to traveling to the workplace, so they benefit, too.
It has been calculated that a desktop computer will cost around £26 per year to run, with a laptop much cheaper at around £4 per year. This is quite negligible. It is based on the average PC needing 1.3 kWh of electricity for it to run. This is an average, so we would need to proportion this to more frequent use for work purposes. This will still be cheaper than commuting by some margin. Also, it is healthier, at least at the moment, to work from home. Productivity will be dependent on how quiet a space within the home we can find ourselves.
Courier and Delivery Services
There is no doubt that the number of courier services has increased in recent years. This has in part been due to rising postal costs that have allowed courier services to undercut their rivals. Efficient courier services can mean that businesses do not need to run vehicles to make their deliveries, and so be cost-effective as a business expense. It all depends on quantities and the size of the goods needing to be transported. Supermarkets, for instance, will operate systems where goods are not hanging around but received and then sold on the same day or the next day. This kind of stock control requires a very efficient delivery service and a fleet of vehicles.
Where Transport is Your Business
If transport is what your business is all about then you will be mindful of how electric vehicles are changing things. At the moment it works out expensive to buy the vehicles, but as they become more widely available this cost will reduce. It makes sense for a business to get on board early with these changes that are about protecting our planet and non-renewable energy sources that are depleting.
Over time, electric cars will represent the lowest cost and have the lowest emissions. For businesses on a particularly tight budget, a good compromise for the moment might be to consider a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle as these are around the same price as traditional cars. So, this will apply to vans, too.
In conclusion, there are lots of ways that transport is impacting on businesses, whether it relates to staff commuting, the way their product is delivered or is a part of their business anyway.