First 4 Logistics expands business to meet demand

The APC network’s First 4 Logistics has opened a new parcel depot in its home town of Newhaven.

The company came into being in October 2018 and has focused on its local small and medium enterprise (SME) customers. Thanks to their custom, First 4 Logistics has seen a 30% growth in deliveries and 100% growth in collections across the area it serves by comparison to 2019.

Currently the business, the fastest growing company in The APC network employs 40 people and is looking to hire three new staff as well as five temporary staff in the coming weeks.

The new Newhaven parcel depot has 17,000 square feet of warehouse space – 10,000 sq ft more than its old depot. As well as enabling First 4 Logistics to reach SME customers across all BN and TN21 postcodes, it allows the business to offer storage and fulfilment facilities for its start-up business customers.

Chris Aldridge, Director at First 4 Logistics, said: “Since the day we launched, the small business scene across Brighton has continued to thrive, with the region proving a top destination for start-up businesses in the UK. Now, at a time when SMEs across Brighton are having to adapt their businesses and accelerate their online presence, we remain committed to helping them succeed and expand, offering them the very best local service and tailored delivery solutions.

Across the region, First 4 Logistics’ top 10 customers have achieved an average of 100% growth between March to July. Among these customers, the food and drink sector has shown the most significant growth locally, as consumers have found new ways of sourcing products they depend on through the pandemic, and in turn many SMEs have quickly adapted their business models to meet demands.

Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive at APC Overnight, said: “Throughout this pandemic, the resilience and entrepreneurialism of SMEs has continued to shine through. The dedication and hard work of our colleagues at First 4 Logistics has helped support this resilience, ensuring local businesses always have a local team on hand, working hard in partnership with them, to support their business and customers.”

“Whilst many industries have seen considerable downturns as a result of the pandemic, the logistics industry continues to expand as consumers have found new ways of sourcing products they depend upon. The increase in online ordering has meant that businesses have had to rely heavily on carriers to get these items delivered. Supporting our SME customers by recognising their needs and by developing strong working relationships is key, as SMEs are ultimately the backbone of the country’s economy.”