Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Day in the life of a courier company - Day 3

Have you ever had one of those days where everything just fell into place and you couldn't do anything wrong? A day where you were the king salesman and showed your company why you get paid the big bucks.

Well, today was one of those days... almost.

Let me run down the list of what my day was shaping up to look like:
  1. Today was the day that I was supposed to finally close the deal on a very large medical laboratory. I have been working on this for at least 6 months now. Actually, I first contacted this person 4 years ago. But, it wasn't until a few months ago that our drivers got OSHA & HazMat trained & certified through Integrity Corporate Services.
  2. Had a delivery set up for General Dynamics to go from Dallas to Corpus Christi. Might turn into some steady work with this very large company.
  3. A company called me that wants us to warehouse & delivery cleaning equipment. The deliveries are between Dallas, Oklahoma & Arkansas.
  4. Another company wants us to warehouse & deliver HazMat materials in Dallas.

Oh yeah, today was looking to be one of those great days indeed. But, like a set of dominoes, every one of them came crashing down.

  1. My contact at the medical lab had to leave town for a family emergency. So, everything is just put on hold.
  2. The guy from GD called back and said that his customer decided to do their own deliveries and they would not need to use our service.
  3. After I got all the details about the warehousing and delivery for the cleaning equipment, I realized that our warehouse is not large enough to store the customers 20' containers. Yes, we are still a small time operation :-) But, being a good neighbor I did give the customer the name & number to one of our local competitors that I thought could do the job. See there is such a thing as friendly competition.
  4. The HazMat deliveries met the same fate as the GD stuff. Their customer changed their minds and don't want to start this project.

All of this took about 5 hours of my time today. What could have been a motherload of new business, turned out to be a bunch of phone calls, emails, bids, emails, phone calls, price lists & phone calls that all amounted to... well, at least there is still beer in the fridge.

Thankfully the Bible gives us some comfort here: Ecclesiastes 10:19 says "...wine makes life merry". Just like Benjamin Franklin said: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

So, I will happily go home, kiss my wife, play with my kids & be merry.

Tomorrow is another day. I'm ready. How about you?

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