A large e-commerce company known as VehicleTools, has reported record sales of jerry cans and petrol containers following the recent petrol panic. So, not only did foolish people help the government, they also helped online businesses... www.vehicletools.co.uk
Following recent speculation over fuel tanker driver strikes and calls from MPs to fill up tanks and store petrol, VehicleTools has reported a massive increase in petrol can sales.
Sparking the widespread surge towards petrol stations were comments from Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude when he said: “People need to be aware there is a risk to supplies. When it makes sense, a bit of extra fuel in a jerry can in the garage is a sensible precaution to take.” Following this, huge queues at petrol stations around the country were reported, with people desperate to fill up their tanks and stock up extra to be safe.
Despite confusion as to whether or not a strike will take place, people have responded with what is being termed “panic buying”. This has resulted in increased sales of jerry cans as many consumers have taken Francis Maude’s advice literally, as they look for large and sturdy containers to store extra petrol in.
VehicleTools currently offers a vast range of both plastic and steel jerry cans, as well as petrol can nozzles, from brands such as Draper, Sealey and SIP. With sizes ranging from 5 litres to 20 litres, they provide adequate and secure storage for a range of fluids. Jerry cans are generally colour coded or labelled, denoting what liquid they are designed to hold.
Jerrycans were traditionally used by the military and that is where the name comes from, the term the British used for Germans, “Jerries”, during the Second World War. British soldiers used to capture and use German jerry cans because of their superior build compared to British designs. Nowadays, all jerry cans must meet strict regulations to confirm their safety.
Lee Taylor, General Manager at VehicleTools, said: “Although we would urge people not to panic buy because of the problems it causes, it is good to see our jerry cans selling so well. We have a huge range of plastic and steel jerry cans. We also have nozzles which are extremely important to store and transfer petrol safely and responsibly.”
The fireman’s union has urged people to use caution when storing petrol at home, ensuring it is done safely and legally. Consumers are advised to check the relevant legislation and to follow the latest developments to stay abreast of the situation and act accordingly.
VehicleTools.co.uk is the sub-site of Toolbox, a sister company of the ever expanding Plumbworld Network. Plumbworld was an early pioneer of online trading, started by James and Anita Hickman in 1999 and sold to the Grafton Group PLC in December 2006. Plumbworld now employs more than 50 people in its purpose built warehouse and offices and boasts an astonishing 50+ websites selling everything from toilet seats and woodburning stoves to Flymo mowers and cordless screwdrivers. The business has a turnover in excess of £18 million and is growing at more than 20% year on year.