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Which Delivery Work Exchange Services Are Worth Using?

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Looking for more courier work?

You’ve probably already searched the internet and found lots of websites that promise “100s of loads available every day”, and that you can “find work immediately” if you become a member.

Can you trust them? Which sites really are the best ones to join?

That’s a question I asked myself over and over when I first started out. I was new to the industry and was looking for the best way to find extra work so that I could start paying the bills.

It’s hard to trust any paid service when you have no guarantees what kind of return you will get for your membership fee.

Some of the subscription fees can be relatively huge and to new owner-drivers, and if you’ve just bought a van,  insurance, equipment etc. you will probably be watching every penny you spend until you start to see your own invoices being paid.

That’s when I had the idea that, as I’ve already tried MOST of the main websites myself, I had enough information to give some fair advice about which sites are worth joining, and what you can realistically expect once you’re on there.

Work Service Top 20 Rankings by CTV

We’re just refreshed our review of The Courier Exchange (CX), Same Day Courier Network (SDCN) and others are following soon – make sure to visit regularly for updates.

Also, as part of the new ranking system we’re running throughout the CTV website this year, you’ll see our new Top 20 logo, and products and services will move up and down as we constantly review and report on changes.

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The Winners

This is where your time (and in come cases your money) should be spent. These are the services most likely to reward you. They will have the most work for the best return on investment (ROI).

The long-time leader for extra courier work

3.5/5

The Courier Exchange is the one site you will hear other drivers talk about, commonly referred to as ‘CX’. It’s used by many large Hauliers, courier companies and freight forwarders to sub out their work, meaning it offers the most potential to owner-drivers.

The downside of that is the increased competition for work, and the higher subscription fee compared to other providers.

The best alternative option so far

3/5
Currently the most promising newcomer to the market. Work levels are increasing and the subscription fee is easily affordable for anyone, whether you’re starting out or a veteran. Simple to use system and new features added regularly.

3 - DeliveryApp

Best new competitor heading into 2023

3/5

This is one app that is making waves in this marketplace. It’s essentially a gig style set up. Much like an Uber or Deliveroo. Simple to use, just accept the job you want, do it, get paid. Easy as that. Needs more work but then almost all these services do.

Read More (full review coming soon)

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The best of the rest

These are the services that can definitely add to your arsenal of work-sourcing opportunities. Some are paid for, some are free and they have a varying amount of loads available. Still worth considering. We have not fully reviewed all these platforms but have 3rd-party knowledge and many would agree with our rankings.

4 - Courier Expert

Not exactly a load exchange. Opportunities but be careful

2.5/5

This one gave us a bit of a headache as how to score it. It’s not specifically a work ‘exchange’ platform. It’s basically just a single transport company that uses a sub-contractor subscription service to get its delivery work covered. So you CAN get extra work, but it doesn’t offer the opportunity for you to network with other companies or sell your own excess loads like SDCN or CX do.

Read More ABOUT Courier Expert (coming soon)

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5 - Load Dashboard by HBC Logistics

Plenty of potential and access to larger commercial loads

2.5/5

The Load Dashboard from HBC is brand new and as such you need to expect that currently there are not thousands of loads available. But give it time, because we expect this one to grow rapidly. It’s a well built and simple system and is connected to many of the big players that use CX, so we’re expecting loads will start to appear here as people move to a more affordable solution.

Read More About Load Dashboard (full review coming soon)

6 - Gophr

Another of the new-age gig economy apps. Nice idea, needs more loads

2.5/5
Gophr is starting to make a name for itself in the UK now that it has finally expanded out of London. This is very much a gig-economy style service where they notify drivers through the app and you can take or leave the work if you want. We have not had enough experience of this platform yet so full review will follow soon.

Read More About Gophr (full review coming soon)

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7 - Amazon Flex

The mighty Amazon. Everyone has an idea of what this is all about.

2.5/5

Amazon Flex has to be one of the most well-known gig services currently available. It’s available in most areas of the UK now and often has loads (or routes) available, although due to the nature of it there are lots of competing drivers. It’s open to cars as well as commercial vehicles, so you’re not likely to earn amazing rates. Full review arriving soon.

Read More About Amazon Flex (full review coming soon)

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8 - Return Loads

The mighty has fallen. Previously competed with CX but now only for HGVs

2/5

Please Note – Only for 7.5 tonne Vehicles and larger (HGVs). When I started out in 2012, this was seen as a real competitor to CX, but the vast majority of loads now are for 7.5 tonne vehicles and up. Seems to have regular work available for anyone with that kind of capacity. Cheaper than CX, but more expensive than SDCN.

Read More About Return Loads (full review coming soon)

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9 - Shiply

Another former great now relatively unknown

2/5
Shiply was once a big player due to its ability to draw interest from Ebay. Drivers earning power often low and would only ever use it for backloads. Free to use. New review coming soon.

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10 - Anyvan

Multiple rebrands and revamps later, still not amazing

2/5

Anyvan has changed its focus numerous times. We don’t even know any more what they specialise in. Is it Pro? Is it Business? Who can tell? We haven’t reviewed this in a while due to all the changes.

Read More About Anyvan (full review coming soon)

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11 - Stuart

A relatively unknown quantity in the UK outside of major cities

2/5

Stuart, from what we’re told, is similar to platforms like Gophr and Deliveroo, and we believe it’s mostly used so far for food and small item deliveries. We’re looking to investigate this more in 2023 and should have a full review soon.

Read More About Stuart (full review coming soon)

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12 - Deliveroo

Well known for food delivery, but what else?

2/5
Everyone knows Deliveroo, don’t they? Known for food deliveries, more specifically in town and city centres. They may deliver other items but I can’t confirm at this time. Perfect if you like cycling or have a scooter.

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The Time-Wasters

There are plenty of time-waster services out there. They could be good for the industry if they actually tried to make a real effort. Most of them can’t be bothered. They just want to make a few quid from unlucky people who make the mistake of trying them out.

13 - Delivery Quote Compare

Once showed promise, but unlikely to ever deliver (see what we did there?)

1/5

Delivery Quote Compare is just another of the Anyvan / Shiply style sites that gets user to list their eBay items looking for the lowest bids from delivery service providers. Don’t bother wasting your time. Epitome of the ‘race to the bottom’ price war.

Read More About Delivery Quote Compare (full review expected late 2023)

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How is this site still going?!

1/5

We’ve had reports from users that this site is basically dead and buried now. Seems like none of the admin team are responding to emails and hardly anything ever gets posted on there. This had a lot of potential but if the owners can’t be bothered, then why should you?

Ridiculous membership fees and zero work.

1/5

Not a lot to tell as, from what we’ve experienced, there has been no work. Focus seems to be on member benefits, but the member fee to join is huge, so what benefits are you getting if you have to pay £600 to access them? Read the full review here.

16 - Freight Alerts

Ridiculous membership fees and zero work.

1/5

The loads on here are again more of the Shiply and Anyvan variety, despite the site trying to market itself more towards the CX. Falls far short. Paid for service.

Read More About Freight Alerts (possible review in 2023)

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gone but not forgotten

These are the services that didn’t survive. We still keep them in the list because they made a brave effort and deserve an honourable mention.

17 - Shed 5

Might have been something 10 years ago but didn't keep up

1/5

Used to be a cult-site that had a small number of members who seemed to share things between each other, but if you didn’t know the secret handshake you didn’t get anything. Now closed.

No review - service is closed

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Showed great promise then suddenly all fell apart

1/5

It’s looking like Loadie has gone to the great website in the sky. No sign of recent maintenance or any effort to resurrect it. We’ve tried to contact them but no response. Absolute waste of an opportunity.

THE DANGER ZONE

Any services we have listed in the danger zone are there for a reason – because either we’ve had experience of them ourselves, or other people have reported issues with them. They show all the signs of being scams. High membership fees, no refunds, difficult to contact, hidden addresses. Proceed with caution on any of these services.

20 - Courier Market

Use this at your own risk. Multiple reports of possible scam site.

0/5

Be VERY careful with this one. We have had numerous reports of this being a possible scam, with a ridiculous £250+ joining fee, fake loads and no refunds. We can’t find any legitimate information about the company, never answer the phone and seems to be run from a forwarding address in Birmingham. Shows all the warning signs.

Courier Market contacted us to request this information be removed and we offered them a chance to prove us wrong and let us see their platform in action. They didn’t respond.

No review of Courier Market due to owners

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