Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by mattwtrs, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. mattwtrs

    mattwtrs Retired Senior Member

    Years ago before RPS, FedEx ground etc. Christmas peak would start in early October and run thru 1st week of January. Last year peak was only the 3 weeks before Christmas. You young guys don't know how lucky you have it!
  2. Fnix

    Fnix Active Member

    You mean unlucky, we need the money.
  3. Mike Hawk

    Mike Hawk New Member

    Peak still lasts a few weeks in to Jan. at my center, made 800+ in both those weeks I was a helper.
  4. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    Based on today's economy, there may not be a Peak season this year.
  5. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Still breaking routes and giving people days off around here. My route is getting more spread out instead of compacting like it should this late in the year. Oh well, miles are money.
  6. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I think I've said this before, but my boss said they are wondering if this will be the Peak that doesn't come....
  7. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I had 137 stops yesterday and started my helper today. 209 stops. My Center is planning on loading up residential drivers with stops and a helper and try to cut out the extra split routes for as long as possible. I was ticked today. I got off 189 with my helper, then I had to bailout another guy by taking twenty stops off him. Eleven hour day.

    Volume is way down though. I started a helper a month earlier last year. We have a lot of empty Package Cars sitting around the Hub and our Preload is going down by 8AM instead of 8:40. I do EAMs before my regular route, and those stops are down too. I have never seen anything like this.
  8. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    Corporate is milking the bad economy. Using it as an excuse to cut out routes. It doesn't make since to use 20+ helpers in a center with 30 or more full-time drivers while some of them are laid off. Umm....cut out a chunk of the helpers and put more routes back on the road! If peak is slow then reduce the helpers. Not the drivers.

    We used all but one (injury) full-time driver today so things aren't so bad here but management keeps telling us how many packages we are down from this time last year. We get the numbers read to us at least once a week for the past month. They are warning that we won't be using TCDs (part-timer drivers) this year and that some full-timers might have to be helpers. Then turn around and say that we will be using almost as many helpers as there are drivers. That never happens here because we have a bunch of rural routes that never get helpers. I just don't see the need for that many helpers if we aren't even going to need all of our drivers. Simple logic would dictate that we drop some loaders and run more routes.
  9. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    You have helpers while F/T drivers are laid off? Where is the Union???
  10. RockyRogue

    RockyRogue Agent of Change

    Tennessee is a Right To Work State if I'm not mistaken. The union is nothing. -Rocky
  11. satellitedriver

    satellitedriver Moderator Staff Member

    The center here has been running helpers for the last 4 weeks.
    I have to give away stops, Daily.
  12. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    Things are snoozing around my center. I usually take vacation on Thanksgiving week. Have it scheduled for this year, but kind of need to work to catch up (my daughter spent 3 weeks at Mayo Clinic this past fall, she is fine now.) Talked to my supe about working that week this morning and he said, "maybe, we'll know the week before......"

  13. dillweed

    dillweed Well-Known Member

    We're down at least six trailers from where we should be. Just not seeing the number of Christmas type pkgs we have in the past.

    Stop counts for drivers are way up, as they are cutting routes. No helpers being used yet.

    It's said there will be no "peak" this year and rumors of driver lay-offs after the New Year.
  14. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    We are down 15 trailers A DAY to our building from the rail.

    That's huge.
  15. But Benefits Are Great!

    But Benefits Are Great! Just Words On A Screen

    Here, cutting routes, loading trucks w/200 + stops, FT and TCDs as helpers. Overall volume down, overloading anyone actually going out.

    Could not come up with a better way to piss off everyone if they tried.
  16. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    This is the way it has always been 20 plus,, when volume is down they cut rtes let guys burn personals and and take V.L.O's then load every one else up>> they would rather pay o.t than put another car on road!! looks better on paper!! If we are slow,I can only imagine how bad things are at FEDEX!!!!
  17. Arty S.

    Arty S. New Member

    Sounds familiar here. 80% of our cover drivers here are back in the sort, many of which had been driving daily for years. Talk of full time layoffs in January. Heavy use of helpers, earlier than usual, and routes being dissolved. A couple "R days" being given out daily, but less and less are willing to take them now with the economy looking the way it is.
  18. upswrench

    upswrench New Member

    Looking at this thread shows just how much people need to go get sales leads RIGHT NOW. There is no new bussiness but we can sure take DHL customers, I talked to 5 drivers last night and asked if they were getting sales leads and I can't believe how they responded it's like they do not want to try to get leads. Or don't care.
  19. LiL"Comet"

    LiL"Comet" New Member

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  20. evilleace

    evilleace Member

    I wish we were slammed in my center the past two days volume has just picked up a little and we got all of our drivers back on the road today and a few helpers.