Launched in March 1981 to tackle the 'Cowboy' image of plumbers of the day.
The DRIPS plumbing franchise provided 247 365 service via one memorable telephone number (01 888 0 888). The franchisees used standardised charging and maintained contact with the call centre via radio controlled vans. Eventually absorbed into the Dyno-Plumbing franchise.
With its dynamic black and orange livery and catchy strap line “From Here To There With Care” bought together a network of small independent couriers, each commonly operating 2-3 vehicles, and jointly providing a collection and delivery network of approximately 200 vehicles nationwide.
Supported by third party hubbing hauliers, each days local collections would be transported to a central sorting hub in the Midlands, from where smaller third party hauliers would deliver through the night to regional hubs ready for next day delivery by the local network of ZIF Couriers.
Quickly seen as being a potential giant in the industry ZIF network was acquired by Nexday Couriers of Northampton.