Current Courier Conditions



Hugh McKenna, Monday, August 20, 2012 8:52 PM

TORONTO — A new survey of Canadians in their 50s found that 53 per cent of those polled said they plan to continue working after retiring in their 60s, in many cases to supplement their income.

Manitoba and Saskatchewan respondents were the most likely to say they planned to work after retirement, at 59 per cent.

Sierra Courier PresidentWatch the video, to hear why Scott Lins, President of Sierra Courier likes hiring retirees as local Winnipeg courier drivers.

Has your day gone from bad to worse? Need to get that last minute part out to an unhappy customer? Is your boss standing beside your desk tapping his toe? Has your customer called 3 times inquiring about "that package"?

Does reading that increase your heart rate, make you start to sweat as it hits just a little too close to home? With so much at stake in today's work environment, it's easy to panic in that type of situation and make mistakes when sending a local courier for delivery.

In this situation, slow down, take a breath and call Sierra Courier. We're here to help. Here's some tips on what information you may need when contacting your courier company:

1. Have the correct pick up destination and information.

2. Speak clearly and calmly. Spell names/street names if needed.

3. Review Your Order Confirmation

4. Be available for follow up if required

These simple steps can relieve the pressure of the situation. A proactive tip that can help in these "rush situations" is to set up your contacts in Etrac. With our online delivery ordering system, you can manage all your customer contact information so when placing an order, it's as simple as selecting the client from the list. All other information will auto-populate, avoiding the potential of typing 516 instead of 561.

Pop quiz hot shot:

It’s just before lunch on Tuesday when your boss blitzes out of the office to grab a quick bite before heading to a very important presentation in Transcona and forgot to bring the package of brochures that were takeaways for your client. Your time is tight because you’re about to do a conference call with another client. If the brochures don’t make it to Transcona by the time your boss gets there, your company risks losing a client, and if you aren’t on the phone, you risk losing your client.

What do you do?

The answer is simple – multitask with Sierra Courier’s eTrac system!

Okay, the above scenario may be a bit far-fetched (or maybe it’s not…) but we exaggerate to demonstrate a point – with eTrac, Sierra Courier’s online ordering and tracking system, you can place an order with our service and track its progress from pick up right through delivery.

So going back to our above scenario, our conference call-bound friend can continue talking on the phone with his client while filling off simultaneously placing the pickup order. Plus, when the boss emails in amidst a state of panic about the forgotten brochures, he can then be assured that they are already picked up and en route to his presentation.

Learn more about the Sierra Courier eTrac system by clicking here.

We at Sierra Courier shared some of our most outrageous shipments with you, things such as a skeleton and escaping bees. While those stories are funny, sometimes people can try to take advantage of the local courier companies for illegal purposes.

According to the Hindustan Times, reported on July 18, 2012, Tarun Jain, a businessman attempted (for the 3rd time) to use a professional courier service to smuggle expensive scotch from city to city. "On July 16, we received a tip-off that a huge quantity of illicit liquor was being smuggled with the help of couriers and courier companies operating in Paharganj area. We were asked to keep a lookout," said police commissioner DC Shrivastava.

Stories like this could occur more often, except for the attention and diligence used by Sierra Courier. Our local couriers in Winnipeg are advised to question suspicious packages as part of their role. After all, not all packages are what they seem.

Take advantage of Sierra Courier's Online order entry and tracking system. eTrac is a complimentary, easy-to-use on-line system that will put you in total control of your delivery orders. With the power of eTrac you can place orders and access real-time delivery tracking information on all of your job requests. This means quick and easy order entry, and electronic delivery updates, including proof of delivery.