A Launceston haulier is supporting the survival of local businesses by helping firms adapt to selling online.

Intercounty Distribution Ltd has assisted independent retailers with setting up a delivery method to reach customers nationwide during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The move has enabled local businesses to sell to some of the 89% of UK consumers who have turned to online shopping during the UK lockdown, according to research from Visa, and scale up or down to meet demand.

The firm is now ready to support businesses kickstarting operations following the easing of lockdown restrictions and looking for ways to reduce their business costs while accommodating fluctuating sales.

The company is a member of Pall-Ex – a pallet network of SME haulage firms, which operates independently, but works together to deliver freight throughout the UK and Europe, and provide a cost-effective delivery model.

General manager Stewart Cawte said: “We’ve been helping local businesses navigate the difficulties of lockdown; these are firms that had to close their doors and find new ways of reaching their customers.

“The combination of an online sales platform and a reliable haulage solution has enabled them to become national businesses and tap into the growth in ecommerce purchases all within a matter of weeks.

“As more and more firms return from lockdown, we believe palletised haulage is the cost-effective solution they need to help their businesses adapt to new customer shopping habits and we hope that we can support other industries as they get back on their feet.”