In The Driving Seat - Fleets Ready For Restart Journey

Doorco is geared up to deal with resuming orders for doors

As market demand starts to return for composite doors, Doorco is starting the phased reinstatement of its transport department with 70% of the company’s fleet due back on the road by 19th June.

This is part of Doorco’s return to work strategy which aims to focus on staff welfare while the firm monitors customer demand.


 “Since starting a phased return to operations on May 4th, we’ve been carefully considering our position daily, centering on the welfare of our staff with being able to meet customer demand.”

Dan Sullivan  

Managing Director, Doorco


Personal touch

"Business is far from back to normal but there have been some really positive signs over the last week or so and we feel that it is the right time to reinstate our transport department and recommence UK deliveries," continues Doorco's Sullivan.  "We originally invested in our own fleet to ensure our doors were delivered with the personal touch, so it is imperative that this level of service is available to our customers as soon as is safe and viable to do so."


Rise in orders

Sullivan adds: “We’ve seen a rise in orders over the last couple of weeks. In fact, numbers of prepped doors are currently exceeding pre-Covid levels, which is really encouraging. Close relationships with our external transport partners have been maintained and they have supported us throughout the re-opening of our business. But bringing down lead times and fulfilling our normal delivery promises is reliant on our in-house transport team.  They have worked hard on the logistics of a phased return, as well as ensuring our drivers are fully equipped with the personal safety equipment and procedures. These include hand sanitisers in every cab, stringent and regular cleans, as well as new ways of delivering.


Driving forward

"Our drivers will not exit the van when they make a drop off but call the delivery in and wait for the van to be unloaded. No paperwork will change hands, it will all be dealt with electronically, so we all have a record of safe delivery.

“Our plan is to have 70% of our fleet back by 19th with the intention of having the full fleet back in the near future to cover our usual delivery network. This remains fluid as we continue to monitor health & safety and sales. We are delighted to be able to make this announcement as it’s another step towards our business and indeed industry, recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.”


Stock holding

Sullivan also spoke about stock holding saying: “As a privately owned company with a dedicated overseas partner, Doorco is in control of stock levels. It was fortunate that Doorco Korea was largely unaffected by coronavirus.  This meant that manufacturing of our door slabs continued and in turn deliveries kept on schedule, even though we had shut down our manufacturing facilities in the UK. The senior UK management team remained on hand to receive delivery which has resulted in bolstered levels of stock." 

Picture: Doorco is geared up to deal with resuming orders for doors.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
16th June 2020


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