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“Rise in online shopping and fast deliveries fuel mini delivery van sale in Thane” | News from Thane

THANE: The last financial year saw the highest registration of mini delivery vans over the past seven years in Thane and the nearby logistics hub of Bhiwandi, transport records reveal.
Experts said the focus on online shopping during the lockdown and competition among traders for fast home delivery during the period likely fueled the market for these mini delivery vans which are now popular in many many urban pockets in the metropolitan area. Industry players said distributors and online portals are rapidly opting for these small vehicles for intra-city deliveries as they appear to be viable for reaching customers quickly and are also easy to maneuver in congested lanes.
Records available from Thane Transport Department show that around 5934 three and four wheel delivery vans were registered in the last fiscal year 2021-22 in Thane which includes Thane City, Bhiwandi, Shahapur. The number is nearly twice the volume of those vehicles that hit the road here the previous year.
The industry realized the importance of these small vans over the past couple of years when customers were forced to buy online and slowly they started to prefer those who delivered the products the fastest. Not only the chain of shopping malls, markets, the trend of fast delivery has caught on with some small traders who have also fueled the market for these vans, an expert has observed.
Jayant Patil, Deputy Regional Transport Officer at Thane, said their area includes Bhiwandi, which is a logistics hub for the entire Mumbai metropolitan area, and obviously the surge in online deliveries could have prompted more companies and suppliers to buy their own vehicles. “Demand flourished especially during lockdown and even later when the majority preferred not to go out to shop and instead relied on home deliveries, which led to an increase in demand for these vehicles,” he implied.
Industry players said not only the increased need for door-to-door deliveries, but also fast delivery to customers, has led traders to opt for smaller vans. Traders said customers were wary of late deliveries and no one was willing to risk losing customers due to late product deliveries.
“The trend towards quick deliveries has led to the arrival of small vans which can serve customers faster. The impetus is quick delivery and instead of deploying a truck, it allows them to deploy smaller vehicles and deliver at multiple locations. These vans can exhaust their deliveries faster and can reach godown for refilling compared to a conventional pace which would take several hours to deliver the goods,” explained Vijay Yadav, Thane Vahatuk Seva Sangh District Chairman, a conglomerate of nearly 4,500 carriers.
Another carrier says the lack of adequate road space in metropolitan cities is an advantage for these small pickups because they can quickly traverse narrow lanes compared to cumbersome tempos. “Large delivery vehicles are not viable for responding to micro-deliveries and with the increase in traffic in cities, several restrictions are also imposed by the authorities, which is a deterrent,” explains the carrier.