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!

2 comments:

josh said...

Yea we have seen a lot of this. We operate a a Messenger business in new york, and we have definitely seen a drop in work from some industries in particular. Construction is a big one, they have taken to emailing and ftping plans, and this is still a really new trend.

josh said...

Yea we have seen a lot of this. We operate a a Messenger business in new york, and we have definitely seen a drop in work from some industries in particular. Construction is a big one, they have taken to emailing and ftping plans, and this is still a really new trend.