Delivery Drivers Cut Costs to weather the storm of little to no income. Insurance companies and credit card companies have taken the exemplary measure to rebate insurance premiums and defer payments on credit cards.
Now is the time for all gig workers to cancel everything not essential to your financial survival. In corporate-terms, it is time now to eliminate the proverbial sacred cow. Cancel unneeded subscriptions, apps, and anything that you have not used in the last thirty days. Review credit cards for automatic charges. For delivery drivers, cell phone plans need to be reviewed annually at least. Call your carrier and ask for any savings they may have applied unbeknownst to you. Personally, I found reductions in phone costs to be a significant savings opportunity.
What costs savings have you implemented? Which ones have shown the highest savings?
Here is your weekly dose of “5 Weekly Outtakes,” a list of what got my attention ending this week, Apr 9, that impact delivery drivers.
Rideshare Blogs Say Stop Driving
A look at the chatter on FB posts from Uber & Lyft drivers, along with the bloggers tells the chilling truth, rideshare is momentarily DOA. Uber says their earnings, including Uber Eats, is down over 50%. Uber drivers say they are down 80%. The bloggers who have been around for years are saying flat out, stop driving for your health and for others. Food delivery has taken on greater concern for the spread of COVID-19 as drivers attempt to avoid contaminating themselves and the meals they are delivering.
Amazon Implements Flex Safety Measures
The one corporate charismatic thing about Amazon is, if at first, you don’t succeed, try something else. The last-mile delivery is evolving daily, and Amazon continues to demonstrate the clout that has grown from the quarterly expenditure of over $1.5B to satisfy its Prime members.
It comes as no surprise delivery times have become less relevant since the onslaught of today’s pandemic world. The fading of the next day delivery paradigm has quickly become acceptable to both Amazon and Prime customers as force majeure.
In the past, the criteria for a successful delivery was on-time as agreed. Currently, just receiving the item has become the norm. The delays are caused by a combination of a deluge of home delivery, along with demands for COVID-19 specific items, and a paradigm shift in how parcels are handled through the system to final delivery.
As part of the changes in the delivery system landscape, Amazon has daily briefings with Flex drivers regarding changes to warehouse pickup procedures. It is becoming increasingly evident that the process of the last-mile delivery model is forever altered.
In those briefings, Amazon proclaims to provide adequate protection and handwashing facilities for Flex independent contractors. Delivery drivers, on the other hand, pushback that not all locations offer the same standards of safety.
Drivers rightly fear for their health in Amazon facilities where workers have tested positive for COVID-19. Amazon offers guidelines for drivers picking up at warehouses along with evolving delivery tips, like using your cell phone to lightly tap on the door rather than press a doorbell, and having the customer maintain a social distance during delivery.
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Uber Connects Drivers with Amazon & McDonald’s
With the downturn in riders during the COVID-19 quarantine, Uber is helping rideshare drivers find work delivering food and parcels. Rapidgo Driver applauds Uber for helping its drivers to keep going by expanding their expertise in driving to other commodities. Uber is also not blind to its expansion into providing drivers for more than passengers and pantries.
Where are Jobs Available for Delivery Drivers?
Unemployment has topped 10% in the US & 7.8% in Canada. Although Canada is not out of harm’s way, the level of infections has peaked in several Provinces and the mortality rate is 1% vs 3.4% in the US.
Canadian expedite shipping company, Rapidgo has steady cross-border shipments, especially for needed field-hospital equipment.
Amazon has been flooded with drivers from the rideshare industry, resulting in fewer Flex blocks and no surge blocks becoming available. Rideshare drivers are being forced to become more universal in their services as they expand to service parcels, pantry meal delivery in addition to passenger transportation.
For Uber and Lyft drivers, what has been the best expansion industry for you? Which is better, Parcels or Pantry & Grocery deliveries?
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