Monday 29 August 2011

In the rain..

..on Friday I saw the aftermath of no less than three separate accidents in the pouring rain. All were on/just off the A14. All had police and ambulances in attendance. Given that many motorists were just treating the roads as they normally would (insufficient time to brake, lane swapping erratically etc), I suppose they were all inevitable. Of course I expect they will all blame "the weather" not themselves and their lack of extra care in reduced visibility and poorer braking ability...

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Timed deliveries

For some reason this didn't post before, so here is what I think I wrote earlier in the day...:-)

I quite understand why big companies (eg Tesco) don't want all their deliveries to arrive at once but why is it that when you have another delivery in the same area that they insist on not allowing you in the gate more than half an hour before time?

This is why I am sat for an hour outside the gates at Fradley...
Its just a waste of resources! (Yes, it does rankle that I am doing nothing - but being paid for it! Its nice, but its fundamentally wrong!)

Even worse of course is being sent away if you arrive minutes too late for a delivery. Who gains from that? Its really, really bad environmentally as well as (generally) not your fault!

It wouldn't be so bad if they were able to tip you efficiently once you got in there! But it seems different rules apply. A few years ago the 'team' at Middlewich were quite shocked when I threatened to leave if my 3 hour wait stretched to 4 (it didn't!)

(PS Today unloading two pallets took over an hour!!!)