Friday, July 25, 2008

Internet killed the courier company

I just read an article in Wired Magazine talking about courier companies and how they are losing business due to email and the internet. We all know it is happening but a couple of numbers really hit me:
  1. Three courier companies went out of business in San Francisco in the last two years.
  2. Bucky's Courier in Seattle, Washington has trashed all of their bicycle messengers.
  3. New York has 1,000 less bikers than it had 10 years ago. ONE THOUSAND less bike couriers!!! Wow! That is amazing.

The biker scene in Dallas is almost completely dead. I think there are about 10 bicycle couriers now.

It's too bad, the downtown biker is a cool element to the local courier company service. I know they have been a pain to some courier companies, but they are cool nontheless.

Here to you Mr. Too-many-earrings-funny-looking-hair-crazy-clothes-don't-give-a-crap-bike-messenger-guy. I still dig you guys!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Courier Driver Needed in Dallas

JetStar Courier is a Dallas Courier Service and we need one reliable Independent Contractor to do a route everyday (Monday - Friday) in North Dallas. Start time is 6:00am and the route ends around 3:3o pm.

Must be professional and have a reliable vehicle.

Contact: jobs@JetStarCourier.com

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Courier, Messenger, Delivery Software

What software your company uses for dispatching. Do you use GPS? Do you use Nextels or other handhelds?

We have been using LADS for nealry over 15 years now and there are some inherit limitations. I would like to hear from ALL of you on what software worked for you and what software didn't. What do you like about your currnet dispatch software and what do you dislike? What does your software do that the others don't.

ADOC
Penchant
Courier Complete
CXT Software
DataTrac
Xcelerator

Leave a message on this blog and tell us what you use.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

FedEx courier driver killed on New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge

An Ocean County man was killed when the FedEx delivery truck he was driving on the New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge Friday struck three other vehicles that had been stopped for an earlier accident, State Police said today.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Julian Castellanos said the truck driver, Paul Kelly, 41, of Manahawkin was traveling in the right northbound lane near mile post 94.5 at about 11:30 p.m. Friday when his box truck crashed into the three vehicles, struck a guard rail and flipped.

Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 a.m. today, Castellanos said.

In the previous accident, which happened a few minutes earlier, a 2003 Honda Accord driven by Soraya Amin, 22, of Bayonne, crashed into the back of a tractor trailer. That truck was driven by Carl Young Jr., 41, Iselin.

A third vehicle, a 1998 Ford Expedition, stopped to help. Three of the occupants got out of the Expedition to direct traffic around the accident and assist the injured, when the SUV was struck by Kelly's truck, Castellanos said.

Three people in the SUV were taken to University Hospital in Newark. They were: Lorena Calderon, 36, of Fairlawn, along with her children, Ariana, 6, taken by ambulance and Emilia, 8, who was taken by air. Their conditions were unknown tonight.

Neither Amin or Young were injured, Castellanos said.

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I hate hearing these stories. After 17 years in the business, I have never had a driver killed while working. I pray that it never happens. Be safe out there drivers. Especially you guys out there at night.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Need bobtail truck & driver

JetStar Courier is a Dallas Courier Service. We need the services of an Independent Contractor or other courier company that can supply a Reefer Bobtail Truck to go from North Houston to Austin every Monday and Friday.

Must be in Houston at midnight to load up and drive straight to Austin. There is approx 1 hour of loading time in Houston and 30 minutes of unloading time in Austin. There is an opportunity to make some additional deliveries in Austin if you wish.

Email if you have the equipment and are interested. erich@JetStarCourier.com

We also have openings for early morning couriers in Houston & Austin. Monday & Friday only.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Another car accident

ok fellow couriers... here is one of my biggest pet peeves. I am tired of people complaining about fast drivers. I drive fast, I have always driven fast and I probably always will. Yet, I have NEVER been the cause of an accident. You know why? I pay attention to what I am doing! It has been my job for 17 years and I'm good at it.

Last week, I am sitting at a stoplight and BAM! Rear-ended by a lady not paying attention. Add to the two times I was rear-ended last year and my neck & back are not doing too well. Thankfully, this time was not as bad as last year when the rear-end collisions resulted in both vehicles being totaled (not to mention my 5 bulging disks and one herniated disk).

You see, the problem is NOT speeders. The problem is people that don't pay attention. I can drive, eat a hamburger, fill out a delivery ticket, talk to dispatch on my Nextel and still pay attention to the road because it is my job. But, the lady gossiping to her friend on the phone and watching her baby through the rearview mirror has no clue what is going on around her.

Maybe it is good that gas prices are going up so much. Maybe some of these people will stay off the road. It's hard enough on the road for couriers, messengers, delivery drivers.

Too bad the police can't write tickets for being an airhead. Speaking of police, give us couriers a break. We're just doing our job. You don't seem to mind when FedEx and UPS park in the middle of the street and block traffic... try to give couriers the same leeway.