This year’s relentless rise in home shopping prompted Universal Courier & Logistical Services to place its first order with Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer Ciceley Commercials.

Like those to whom the fast-growing company delivers, Director Ricky Sharma purchased the 11 Approved Used Vito models after seeing an online advertisement. The Ciceley team pulled out all the stops to meet Universal’s tight deadline, delivering the vans on a couple of transporters in time to start work on a new courier contract.

Mr Sharma established his business three years ago and now runs a fleet of approximately 350 vehicles that is dominated by Mercedes-Benz. In addition to those based at its Wolverhampton headquarters, others operate from customer depots nationwide – Universal works as a sub-contractor to some of the biggest names in the parcels delivery arena.

“We’ve been incredibly busy during 2020,” reported Mr Sharma. “With lockdowns and people trying to avoid crowds, home shopping is one of the few sectors that has seen significant growth. We needed extra vehicles to cope with the increasing demand for deliveries of anything from a pen to a large American-style fridge.”

He explained: “I don’t have the time or inclination to travel the country looking at vans to buy, especially not when I can do it all from my desk. An online search of vehicles for sale threw up a nearly new Vito advertised by Ciceley Commercials. It was exactly what I was looking for, so I followed up with a call.”

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