Tara Courier Services is doubling its fleet from two to four trucks, according to managing director, Stephen Laing, who says it will allow him to capitalise on companies outsourcing their delivery services to a third party.
Laing said that there are lots of business opportunities for trucking, especially from companies that want to move items during the night.
Tara is known for small-package deliveries, but is now making a play for the large-package segment, Laing said.
"What has happened is that the cost of moving things from one place to another, you know the cost of delivery, have gone up because the cost to operate a vehicle has gone up," he told Sunday Business.
"So what you find is that people are turning to us because they are trying to consolidate by outsourcing their delivery. So that's the thing we are tapping into," he said.
He said most of the business comes from companies that have retail distribution outlets throughout the island distance away from their warehouses.
Laing said Tara delivers a range of items-dry goods, grocery items and retail products.
"We go into all areas and we do all types of goods," he said.
The trucks, which Laing said are second-hand, are being imported from Japan at a cost of J$7 million to J$8 million.
"If we can put five people's things on one truck it will work out to be a lot cheaper than one person sending their own truck out there," Laing said.
Tara also operates a fleet of two airplanes for national deliveries.
"Our core business has always been handling small packages throughout Jamaica and that has continued from we started 30 years ago and we continue to develop and expand in that area," Laing said, "but this is also good business for us," he added, referencing the large-package segment.
He said Tara holds about 70 per cent of the small- packages delivery market.