A Claus for Celebration this Christmas
With just three weeks to go until the big day, Christmas is in the air! But rather than dreaming of a white Christmas, here at Alan R Jones we have taken a break from the festivities to reflect on 2019, and what a year it has been…
So, take a walk with us through a winter wonderland as we re-live some of our biggest successes as we approach our 49th year in business.
Expansion of Fleet
As many of you may remember, Wales celebrated a special six itself earlier on this year becoming Grand Slam Champions in the Six Nations. But, at Alan R Jones, we also celebrated alongside our country with a special six of our own – the introduction of six, Euro 6 compliant tractor units to our fleet of haulage vehicles.
To upgrade our fleet, improve reliability for our customers and to help us to become more energy efficient we continued this investment throughout the year, and October saw the introduction of a further five tractors units – taking the total of Euro 6 tractors units up to 11.
Investment in Workforce
With impressive customer retention rates, at Alan R Jones we are also incredibly proud of our rates of staff retention. Believing in loyalty and integrity, we have a personal dedication to investing in our members of staff to help them to reach their full potential.
2019 has seen us train all our apprentices from car licences to HGV 2 licences. But we haven’t stopped there, we have also internally trained our drivers from Class 2 to Class 1 licences, ensuring that our core staff maintain a strong ethos to meet and exceed customer needs and expectations.
Enhancement of Internal Operations
To keep pace with our growth, earlier on this year we embarked on an expansion plan that would see us introduce a second warehouse, circa 27,000 sq. ft. to support customer expansion plans and provide storage for new businesses across Cardiff and Newport. We have also invested in a new trailer park facility to improve capacity movement on our site. Helping to ensure speed of loading and turnaround, not only for our own fleet but also for the hundreds of vehicles we receive on behalf of our customers.
Growth of Service Offering
With an extensive service offering already in place, the biggest addition this year has been the growth of our shipping service. This year alone we have supported our customers with the shipping of over 500 containers from all over the world into the UK – alongside delivering an air freight service to all parts of the globe!
Overall, 2019 has been an incredible year for us at Alan R Jones and we have exciting plans for 2020. We look forward to continuing to provide our customers old and new with award-winning service, whilst also investing in our own business to help support the growth of yours.
From the entire team at Alan R Jones and Sons, we would like to thank all our customers for your loyalty and support in 2019 and we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and wish you a happy and prosperous 2020!Back to News/Blog