Delivery group ANC has begun a major recruitment drive for contractor owner-drivers to service its retail partners nationally. The company is preparing for a 50% increase in deliveries and it’s not just to meet the Christmas rush with drivers needed in 2021.

During September, ANC experienced 58% growth in delivery numbers, compared with January, and some of the retail brands ANC works with experienced 700% growth.

The company has been recruiting steadily since the pandemic hit to meet growing demand from clients such as Bunnings, Telstra, Miele, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, IKEA and Barbecues Galore. It has taken new drivers who previously worked in a variety of other fields including events, real estate, hospitality, the airline industry and removals. Training is provided and ANC has a Covid-safe program in place for its teams.

“With Covid-19 putting thousands out of work, this announcement from an Australian-owned delivery company will be welcomed by many struggling to find employment,” managing director, James Taylor said. “And unlike some organisations, we’ll be keeping our drivers beyond the festive season.

“ANC is growing and we are looking for contractor drivers to grow with us,” he said. “A continuing rise in deliveries throughout 2020 and a number of new client partners using our last mile services means we currently need at least 250 new owner drivers to help meet the increased demand.  “We’ve seen a huge increase in whitegoods, such as fridges and freezers, plus desks and chairs from our furniture clients due to more people working from home.”

Taylor said while ANC needs drivers who have commercial vehicles such as utes, vans and trucks, it also offers a ‘try before you buy’ option, where drivers can rent a vehicle through agencies like Budget to experience what it’s like working with ANC as an owner driver.

“To be a delivery professional with ANC you need an excellent driving record plus experience in customer service,” he said.