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TOUGHEST Issue In On Demand Delivery

Yes, this is the TOUGHEST safety issue in on-demand delivery.

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American Expediting is known for the fastest deliveries in the country. Our on-demand delivery is top notch. Call us, we are there in 30 minutes, deliveries an hour later. This happens thousands of times each day but a lot more goes into operating our business.

For one.  We list safety as the most important aspect in everything we do. Safety of the customer’s property, Safety of our facilities, Safety in ensuring the timeliness of life saving medications and most importantly our obligation to practice safety on the road.

Each week we discuss safety throughout the country.

One item, on everyone’s mind is the tragedies caused by distracted driving.

Our National Enemy:

Texting while driving.

Our couriers and staff receive constant reminders to avoid distracted driving at all costs.

Yes, a thousand problems can arise during a delivery. Our dispatchers and customer service representatives are capable of handling those without missing a beat.

But a driver’s safety is of utmost importance. If something tragic happens to a driver, or is caused by a driver, then nothing is going to be able to fix that. An unsafe driver can jeopardize not only the delivery itself by eliminating its chances of reaching the destination, but also the lives of others around him.

Imagine when you hear disappointing news regarding a road tragedy. Your day completely changes. You think about life very differently.

Studies have shown that using a cell phone while driving has increased the risk of having an accident by 34%.

Any kind of use fits in that category, such as:

  • Dialing on the keypad
  • Texting
  • Taking a photo
  • Inputting an address for GPS
  • Looking at social media

We value life dearly at American Expediting Company. The focus is on ensuring every courier follows proper safety procedures. This includes not doing any of the previously mentioned points while driving. The key is for couriers to do them when parked.

Couriers for American Expediting Company do the following while parked to avoid causing an accident:

  • Dial phone calls
  • Send text messages
  • Navigate and find locations

The best part is, technology is capable of improving all of these. There are hands-free speakerphones and bluetooth headsets along with apps that allow you to text and communicate in your vehicle or even while walking and delivering a package. Couriers know when to communicate over the phone and when they should hang up and talk about it later due to road conditions or traffic.

When a dispatcher has to update a courier with details on an a delivery (new address, phone number, reference and shipping numbers, etc), the courier is instructed to pull over and write down the details. The dispatcher may also send them details on their mobile app that contains all of the information they need on the delivery. Then, when the courier is parked, he or she can view the updated details.

Every driver on the road, courier or not, is at risk of causing an accident while using a cell phone. That’s why American Expediting couriers look out for other individuals on the road and encourage them to NOT text and drive. It puts others in danger and it’s important to raise awareness about it.

There are so many safety measures and protocols that can be implemented in your business. We place our efforts in encouraging driver safety for our independent contractors. And the best part is, couriers for American Expediting Company do the same by trying to improve safety out on the road. We hope that everyone is doing the same.

The best way to improve safety on the road is to lead by example.