Bid routes: Yearly or Permanent?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by CaptainObvious, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. In my center when we bid a route it is yours until you retire, quit, bump back into a cover driver position or a new route opens up or is created.

    I've noticed a lot of posts recently where it seems most places re-bid every year. What would most of you prefer? I know in my situation I like the way it is set up here......but the idea of re-bidding is kind of intriguing as well......Opinions???
     
  2. LongTimeComing

    LongTimeComing Air Ops Pro

    Personally, if I liked my route I would want to stay put. Knowing the intricacies of a route like the back of your hand can't be beat. On the other hand, I'd hate to be stuck with a terrible route without hope of being able to re-bid. Also, complacency isn't always a good thing, and sometimes a change of scenery is needed.
     
  3. Bad Gas!

    Bad Gas! Active Member

    With alot of senority it's good to have options..Most senor pkg drivers here like bidding on early am routes..Start early get off early..2 drawbacks:You don't get many unplanned day off like the 9 oclock starters because no one is there at 7 to run your route...Secondly, they do ask you for help more because you are done and heading in by 5
     
  4. AKCoverMan

    AKCoverMan Active Member

    In our building its your route till you give it up. I have declined to bid on anything yet (6 years in as full time driver) as I don't think I could take the same route every day. But I suspect at some point the right route will come along..
     
  5. Alleycar

    Alleycar Member

    We also keep our route until retirement or bid off of it. I have been on my route for 7 years and I don't know if there is another I would rather have in the center. I bid from PT directly to my route, so I don't know much about the others out there, so my opinion is a bit skewed. I don't think I will have a chance to try anything else for many years regardless.
     
  6. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    We bid every year, I like it. Gives the senior drivers options if they want a change and keeps the junior drivers on their toes.
     
  7. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    We bid every 3 years. I would not want lifetime bids nor would I want to bid every year. There are costs associated with the bidding process and I can't see how annual bids can be cost-efficient.

    I quoted the sentence above as this is part of the reason I am bidding off of my route next month. I have begun to make some poor business decisions and less than ideal driver releases. There is also a major road construction project scheduled for 2014 that will have a huge impact on the afternoon portion of my route. I am not a patient person and know that it would be best for me to simply avoid this road work rather than try to deal with it.

    I will have 6 years left when I start my new route and plan on staying on it until I retire.
     
  8. upsman68

    upsman68 Active Member

    We bid every two years. Usually everyone stays on their route but one driver will change and then it gets interesting. Our center is growing so we might get some new routes.
     
  9. serenity now

    serenity now Guest

    every 2 years
     
  10. 1080Driver

    1080Driver Member

    Here its your route until you bid on another, quit, get fired, move on to feeders, take an inside job, etc. I'm going on 20 years on my route.
     
  11. Dracula

    Dracula Package Car is cake compared to this...

    Every year here. Then whenever routes come up, which is every week here. Almost every week there is three or four routes up on the board. This is feeders, of course. We have almost 330 drivers here.
     
  12. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Feeders bid every 6 months here.
     
  13. Notretiredyet

    Notretiredyet Active Member

    We have permanent bids, a few years back they relooped the whole center so everything was rebid.
     
  14. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    You forgot you could get bumped off that route. That's what happened to me. Had a nice country route I would of been happy with for the next 25 years.

    I prefer bid for life. I would hate to get a route I loved and have it for 5 years only to have a senior drive on a whim say oh I think I'll try that route this year.
     
  15. bottomups

    bottomups Bad Moon Risen'

    Permanent bids in my local. Going to stay on my rural, satellite, retirement route until I retire or they take it from my cold dead fingers.
     
  16. good routes dont always stay the same
     
  17. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    I recently bid on a rural retirement route. 6 1/2 years to go.
     
  18. Ms.PacMan

    Ms.PacMan Well-Known Member

    Permanent here. 9 yrs on my current route. I bid it because the truck had power steering. It was a terrible route at first but has slowly evolved into a decent route because of companies moving. Not perfect but I could stay on it until retirement with the way it is now.
     
  19. UpsYours

    UpsYours Member

    We went from every year ,to 18 months and its been every 2 years now for a while.I like the 18 month bid myself.And i agree as far as seniority its better to have choices every so often .ive bid off and on a few routes in my time here over 23 years.the routes can get stale after a while.I know boredom isnt an issue for a UPS driver but something fresh every couple years or so is good for me at least.
     
  20. 104Feeder

    104Feeder Phoenix Feeder

    Permanent bids for Package here, always a fight to get newly created areas bid as Mgmt likes to hold those out forever. Weekly bid for route coverage.
    Annual bid in Feeders, two weeks out for run coverage with a second chance the day the schedule comes out for those who bid WAD times.