Searching for dependable carriers

BY JAMES PHILLIPS
Posted 4/27/18

Help

wanted ads have been running recently in the Daily Mountain Eagle for newspaper

carriers. We have a few openings and are looking for folks who want to help us

build a better delivery …

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Searching for dependable carriers

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Help wanted ads have been running recently in the Daily Mountain Eagle for newspaper carriers. We have a few openings and are looking for folks who want to help us build a better delivery fleet to ensure timely and dependable delivery of the newspaper.

Carriers experience bumps along the way. Cars break down. Tires go flat. Unfortunately, some papers are delivered much later than they should be. And for that, we understand and I apologize.

Newspaper carriers are independent contractors. They actually are not on our payroll, but rather they earn income on each newspaper delivered. Contracted per piece rates can vary depending on length of route, considering both mileage and length of time on the road.

For example, some carriers may have multiple contracted routes totaling more than 300 newspapers nightly. Thus, they could spend five to six hours on the road each night delivering to every nook and cranny in Walker County.

Others may be contracted on a single route with 150 papers that requires less than 90 minutes on the road. Most routes fall somewhere between three and four hours.

Good newspaper carriers are difficult to find and are unsung heroes in our industry.

It is becoming exponentially harder these days to find folks that have the dedication to meet our delivery expectations — if our presses run on time, we expect the Daily Mountain Eagle to be delivered to its customers no later than 8 a.m. each Tuesday through Sunday.

We currently are looking for carriers for six separate routes — Boldo, Empire, West Jasper, Townley, Oakman and Dovertown.

Of course, it may be beneficial for applicants to live in these respective areas. But it’s not a prerequisite.

Anyone living within a driving distance of our office and production facility on Viking Drive in Jasper would be considered for a carrier route.

If you have dependable transportation, a valid driver’s license and auto insurance, our circulation staff armed with updated tapes of each route will be happy to ride along with you for a several nights so you may learn the route.

If a nighttime job where you are your own boss peaks your interest, give circulation director Tia Jones a call at 205-221-2884 to schedule an interview.

 

James Phillips is editor and publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He may be reached at 205-221-2840 or james.phillips@mountaineagle.com.