Now more than ever, the parcel delivery industry is showing how essential it is. Getting items from their source to their destination isn’t easy – challenges happen at every turn in the industry. Adrian Steel is here to help!
Learn a bit about the parcel delivery industry and how Adrian Steel’s new Parcel Delivery upfits can simplify the day-to-day job for last mile drivers.
What Type of Work to Expect in the Parcel Delivery Industry
Customers and clients often only see the very last few seconds of everything that a parcel delivery professional does. But the industry is, like most, full of tasks and duties that push drivers to excel at their daily job to meet expectations. Here are some of the common things to expect in any parcel delivery position:
Loading & Unloading
A work van full of the day’s deliveries doesn’t fill itself! Parcel delivery professionals are typically tasked with the important job of making sure they fill their vehicles to the brim with every package they can. This means they’re moving hundreds of pounds of cargo per day, back and forth from warehouses and distribution centers into their van.
This strenuous work doesn’t end after the early morning, either! Packages that were unable to be delivered typically are unloaded back into the warehouse to ensure safe keeping and that they’re ready to be loaded on the correct driver’s vehicle the next workday.
Transporting Parcels & Packages
Of course, the most critical and well-known part of any parcel delivery industry professional is the actual process of delivering goods to their destination. The types of packages range from basic envelopes to massive, multi-box orders. Parcel delivery drivers are in charge of all types of deliveries:
- Online shopping orders
- Sensitive electronics
- Fragile decorations and gifts
- Oversized items
- Food deliveries
- Medical deliveries
- Time-sensitive documents
Traveling with such a wide variety of goods means the safety of the driver and their truck are critically important. In addition to driving skills and talent for navigation, drivers need to ensure their vehicle is outfitted with the right equipment to reduce damage to their parcels and distractions from their driving.
Adrian Steel Upfits for the Parcel Delivery Industry
Adrian Steel knows the parcel delivery industry. We also know that creating efficient upfits and reducing common pain points for the daily tasks of parcel delivery experts across the world helps keep the economy moving forward.
Our new parcel delivery upfits are the ideal solutions for general delivery drivers to specialized drivers for food, medicine or other goods:
Sliding Partitions – Every work van needs a partition. In addition to helping protect the occupants in the cab from shifting cargo, they reduce cargo noise so you can stay focused on the road. For delivery drivers who frequently access their storage, a sliding partition makes it easy to get to the back without having to leave your vehicle and climb back in.
Hydraulic Folding Shelves – The size and number of your parcels can change day-to-day. Hydraulic folding shelves lets you control the type of storage space you have. Effortlessly add an additional layer of storage to your van or fold it away to make room for large deliveries!
Grab Handles – Accidents on the job happen. Grab handles help mitigate some of the most common incidents that happen when getting into or out of your van.
Side & Rear Steps – When you deliver hundreds of packages a day, the process of entering and exiting your van can become exhausting. Step upfits help combat fatigue by making it more comfortable and less strenuous to transition between your van and your destination.
Parcel Delivery Industry Statistics
- Parcel delivery is a vast industry with almost 1.5 million employees across the United States
- Job outlook for delivery drivers is expected to continue to grow at a rate of about 2% by 2028
- Between the major shipping companies and distribution centers, over 10 billion packages are shipped every year!
- 98 percent of customers indicate that the delivery is an important part of determining their brand loyalty
- The average delivery driver will deliver between 100-150 packages every single day
Parcel Delivery Industry Trends
Like all modern industries, technology is playing a major role in shifting how consumers interact with parcel delivery professionals. Estimated shipping dates became shipping windows, and now tracking technology is allowing individuals to watch their delivery driver move throughout their route.
The goal of this trend is to reduce missed deliveries and help consumers know when to expect their packages. This technology can also be used for data analysts to continue working towards reducing shipping times and other potential delays.
Over the last decade, the reliance on online shopping has increased dramatically. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers across the world are shifting their shopping habits to online ordering even for common daily goods like groceries and medicine. This means more business for parcel delivery experts, but higher expectations!
About Adrian Steel & The Parcel Delivery Industry
Adrian Steel manufactures contractor-grade products and storage solutions including shelving, cabinets, partitions, ladder racks, aluminum toolboxes, and accessories. Our work with the parcel delivery industry is aimed at improving efficiency and reducing common headaches in your workday for all types of parcel delivery work.
As the parcel delivery industry evolves, Adrian Steel is always evolving with you. Adrian Steel can help keep you moving forward with the right upfit solution with every shift of the industry.
Our network of highly qualified distributors can help you create the ideal upfit for your vehicle.
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