Business Heroes - Green King: AnyVan (highly recommended)

Anyvan, which describes itself as a 'delivery auction website', is making deliveries cheaper for the customer, and helping delivery drivers earn an extra few quid. Everyone's a winner.

by Hannah Prevett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

It's often said that most business ideas are just old ones recycled and given a bit of a facelift, but our innovative Highly Commended entrant in this category proves this theory wrong. Anyvan works by matching jobs with clients; so when a customer lists a job (the majority of which come via eBay, after it partnered with the auction site last year) delivery companies will bid for it - because they are already making the same, or a similar journey. It's about using otherwise dead space in the van or truck, while saving the customer cash - and carbon.

'Half of all lorries and vans on British roads travel half empty,' says Angus Elphinstone, co-founder of Anyvan. 'And 25% of them travel totally empty.' Deliveries and logistics is something Elphinstone knows a thing or two about, as he also owns a small removals firm, White Van Gentlemen. 'It's such a waste, driving around with nothing in your van. So I started thinking about how to collate all the data in order to utilise this empty van space and save another van doing the same trip. Every journey we do we're saving another van going there and back.' Anyvan reckons it has already saved more than three million miles' worth of delivery journeys.

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