Adios mtvan alerts.. Send me a proper job

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Mr G Courier Service

2596
Original Poster

As mentioned in another thread, alerts are being hijacked with 2 and 3 mile car jobs. As they say in the Den

"Im out"

This wont affect my regular Sent messages but will clear up my inbox considerably! And of course anyone who requires my service knows my number anyway

DJ Specialist Couriers

486

Maybe there should be a filter, box to tick so we don't receive jobs under a certain mileage. No jobs less than 15 miles?

MK BIKES

2821

I have turned off alerts this morning

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

I won't say " I told you so"

Mr G Courier Service

2596
Original Poster

You told us so...

Courier Expert

167243

Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

Collection Postcode: B2 4JD Delivery Postcode: WV14 8NW Distance: 15 miles

We are currently working with mtvan on a way of classifying jobs differently. Just so we can get this right, at what point does a job start to be considered as a 'proper' courier job?

Website Admin

6163

DJ Specialist Couriers said:


Maybe there should be a filter, box to tick so we don't receive jobs under a certain mileage. No jobs less than 15 miles?

A nice idea. For now, there's already a filter on the alerts settings for 'Sameday Retail'. You should disable this to stop alerts for this kind of job.

www.mtvan.com/account/alert_settings/

Website Admin

6163

Courier Expert said:


We are currently working with mtvan on a way of classifying jobs differently.

We have already added a classification for 'Sameday Retail' that you should use for this kind of retail job.

Courier Expert said:


Just so we can get this right, at what point does a job start to be considered as a 'proper' courier job?

I suspect it's when a job meets the minimum charge of a courier (£20?) and also pays a reasonable rate per mile.

Courier Expert

167243

Website Admin said:


Courier Expert said:


We are currently working with mtvan on a way of classifying jobs differently.

We have already added a classification for 'Sameday Retail' that you should use for this kind of retail job.

Can you send the code for this? thanks.

LwsExpress transport solutions

1161

Surely the minimum charge for ANY job for ANY size vehicle should be £20 even for a one mile job, you can get joe public on Shiply or Anyvan to pay £30 to £40 to deliver 2-3 miles so why insult Sameday couriers posting these minimal distance jobs, perhaps mtvan should set a minimum payment say of £20 before a job can be posted on the site.

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

Quality not quantity... Seems the decision has already been made

Courier Expert

167243

I think mtvan has put in the option to exclude 'retail sameday' job alerts, for those who do not wish to quote on that type of work.

We should be posting all our retail jobs under this classification, as soon as we have figured out the coding.

Courier Expert

167243

LwsExpress transport solutions said:


Surely the minimum charge for ANY job for ANY size vehicle should be £20 even for a one mile job, you can get joe public on Shiply or Anyvan to pay £30 to £40 to deliver 2-3 miles so why insult Sameday couriers posting these minimal distance jobs, perhaps mtvan should set a minimum payment say of £20 before a job can be posted on the site.

If your minimum price is £20, then please quote £20. Others charge £10 minimum, but if £20 is the only quote we receive for a particular job, then it will be considered :)

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD.

2850

Courier Expert said:


LwsExpress transport solutions said:


Surely the minimum charge for ANY job for ANY size vehicle should be £20 even for a one mile job, you can get joe public on Shiply or Anyvan to pay £30 to £40 to deliver 2-3 miles so why insult Sameday couriers posting these minimal distance jobs, perhaps mtvan should set a minimum payment say of £20 before a job can be posted on the site.

If your minimum price is £20, then please quote £20. Others charge £10 minimum, but if £20 is the only quote we receive for a particular job, then it will be considered :)

I can't comprehend how it is viable for ANYONE to set a minimum charge of £10
These type of 'tat' jobs have no place on a 'courier'site, and should be posted on Shiply or the like, IMO

Courier Expert

167243

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD. said:


Courier Expert said:


LwsExpress transport solutions said:


Surely the minimum charge for ANY job for ANY size vehicle should be £20 even for a one mile job, you can get joe public on Shiply or Anyvan to pay £30 to £40 to deliver 2-3 miles so why insult Sameday couriers posting these minimal distance jobs, perhaps mtvan should set a minimum payment say of £20 before a job can be posted on the site.

If your minimum price is £20, then please quote £20. Others charge £10 minimum, but if £20 is the only quote we receive for a particular job, then it will be considered :)

I can't comprehend how it is viable for ANYONE to set a minimum charge of £10
These type of 'tat' jobs have no place on a 'courier'site, and should be posted on Shiply or the like, IMO

As I understand, Shiply is for jobs that have flexibility for delivery over a few days. The 'Retail Sameday' jobs are, as their name suggests, for delivery the same day and sometimes within 90 minutes of booking. I cannot see how a website like Shiply or similar, would cater adequately for this type of work?

I think for many, the idea of doing a 1 mile job for a tenner (or less), or even a 20 mile for more money, is a useful 'filler' while waiting around for larger jobs to come in.

Those who do not wish to bid on this type of work, can simply exclude them from their alerts, leaving those who do want the work to carry on, without it bothering anyone else :)

Scott Reid

1029

Courier Expert said:


Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

Collection Postcode: B2 4JD Delivery Postcode: WV14 8NW Distance: 15 miles

We are currently working with mtvan on a way of classifying jobs differently. Just so we can get this right, at what point does a job start to be considered as a 'proper' courier job?

When the people who post such jobs do so in the knowledge that an acceptable quote is around the £25-£30 mark for a small van and not £4-5.

Scott.

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

Lets simplify things, if they are not peoples scene, then just ignore then, why do people get all twitchy about these thing, move on guys.

Courier Expert

167243

Peter Riley said:


Courier Expert said:


Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

Collection Postcode: B2 4JD Delivery Postcode: WV14 8NW Distance: 15 miles

We are currently working with mtvan on a way of classifying jobs differently. Just so we can get this right, at what point does a job start to be considered as a 'proper' courier job?

When the people who post such jobs do so in the knowledge that an acceptable quote is around the £25-£30 mark for a small van and not £4-5.

Scott.

You decide how much you want to quote, not us :)

All we ask is that you out forward your best quote, if it is the most competitive one we receive, then you get the job.

Courier Expert

167243

AJM sameday Couriers said:


Lets simplify things, if they are not peoples scene, then just ignore then, why do people get all twitchy about these thing, move on guys.

Great point. If you don't fancy doing the work, then leave it for those who do.

Scott Reid

1029

AJM sameday Couriers said:


Lets simplify things, if they are not peoples scene, then just ignore then, why do people get all twitchy about these thing, move on guys.

Hi AJM. The reason I get twitchy about these kinds of jobs is that no one who is paying for proper courier/H&R and GIT insurances can possibly afford to run at these kind of rates.

So one can only assume that it opens the floodgates to fly by night courier market.

Scott.

Scott Reid

1029

Courier Expert said:


AJM sameday Couriers said:


Lets simplify things, if they are not peoples scene, then just ignore then, why do people get all twitchy about these thing, move on guys.

Great point. If you don't fancy doing the work, then leave it for those who do.

I am happy to leave it. I do however believe that for new couriers joining the website it is imperative to them that they understand that this kind of work is extremely underpaid!

Scott.

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD.

2850

Well put Peter

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD.

2850

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD. said:


Well put Peter

Or Scott?

:)

MK BIKES

2821

I can't see why CE doesn't use minicabs, the costs are approx what the jobs are paying, Call me a cab!

MK BIKES

2821

No don't actually

Mr G Courier Service

2596
Original Poster

Courier Expert said:


Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

**Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

** Better not use these guys then link text

MK BIKES

2821

Mr G Courier service- I take it personally said:


Courier Expert said:


Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

**Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

** Better not use these guys then link text

You've got a quote out of hours that adds it up with ecourier

Gas Motorcycle Couriers

3617

MK Bikes said:


Mr G Courier service- I take it personally said:


Courier Expert said:


Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

**Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

** Better not use these guys then link text

You've got a quote out of hours that adds it up with ecourier

I think when new potential customers moan about the price quoted I think I will point them to ecourier... and watch their Jaw drop!

LwsExpress transport solutions

1161

Courier Expert said:


LwsExpress transport solutions said:


Surely the minimum charge for ANY job for ANY size vehicle should be £20 even for a one mile job, you can get joe public on Shiply or Anyvan to pay £30 to £40 to deliver 2-3 miles so why insult Sameday couriers posting these minimal distance jobs, perhaps mtvan should set a minimum payment say of £20 before a job can be posted on the site.

If your minimum price is £20, then please quote £20. Others charge £10 minimum, but if £20 is the only quote we receive for a particular job, then it will be considered :)

Sorry I don't do Sameday anymore but when I did my minimum charge was £50and it was always accepted.

LwsExpress transport solutions

1161

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD. said:


Courier Expert said:


LwsExpress transport solutions said:


Surely the minimum charge for ANY job for ANY size vehicle should be £20 even for a one mile job, you can get joe public on Shiply or Anyvan to pay £30 to £40 to deliver 2-3 miles so why insult Sameday couriers posting these minimal distance jobs, perhaps mtvan should set a minimum payment say of £20 before a job can be posted on the site.

If your minimum price is £20, then please quote £20. Others charge £10 minimum, but if £20 is the only quote we receive for a particular job, then it will be considered :)

I can't comprehend how it is viable for ANYONE to set a minimum charge of £10
These type of 'tat' jobs have no place on a 'courier'site, and should be posted on Shiply or the like, IMO

Alan, I could put 50 to 100 jobs a week on here paying well more than what the expert pays (£50 jobs) but as you said such work has no place on a courier site :-)

Scott Reid

1029

LwsExpress transport solutions said:


RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD. said:


Courier Expert said:


LwsExpress transport solutions said:


Surely the minimum charge for ANY job for ANY size vehicle should be £20 even for a one mile job, you can get joe public on Shiply or Anyvan to pay £30 to £40 to deliver 2-3 miles so why insult Sameday couriers posting these minimal distance jobs, perhaps mtvan should set a minimum payment say of £20 before a job can be posted on the site.

If your minimum price is £20, then please quote £20. Others charge £10 minimum, but if £20 is the only quote we receive for a particular job, then it will be considered :)

I can't comprehend how it is viable for ANYONE to set a minimum charge of £10
These type of 'tat' jobs have no place on a 'courier'site, and should be posted on Shiply or the like, IMO

Alan, I could put 50 to 100 jobs a week on here paying well more than what the expert pays (£50 jobs) but as you said such work has no place on a courier site :-)

They do if they are paying properly. I think what Alan meant is that, at the rate which CE wants to pay, these jobs have no place on here.

Scott.

Phax Sameday

2344

Alan, I could put 50 to 100 jobs a week on here paying well more than what the expert pays (£50 jobs) but as you said such work has no place on a courier site :-)

Dont put em on ere Les give em to me ;-)

Mr G Courier Service

2596
Original Poster

Since i deleted my text alerts for low mileage car jobs.. My phone has been unusually quiet! Does this mean that the only jobs in the market this month are for shuttle runs?

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

In danger of going the way of the others, full of rubbish. Always seems to happen doesn't it. It may be down to not being able to see the wood for the trees, i.e. can't see the courier jobs for all the non courier jobs cluttering the site.

Someone will realise that its quality rather than quantity that's important, and what couriers are looking for. Plenty of other sites for all the other stuff that is now appearing here too.

But what do i know, i'm just part of the loud minority

M & P Express

290

Courier Expert said:


Peter Riley said:


Courier Expert said:


Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

Collection Postcode: B2 4JD Delivery Postcode: WV14 8NW Distance: 15 miles

We are currently working with mtvan on a way of classifying jobs differently. Just so we can get this right, at what point does a job start to be considered as a 'proper' courier job?

When the people who post such jobs do so in the knowledge that an acceptable quote is around the £25-£30 mark for a small van and not £4-5.

Scott.

You decide how much you want to quote, not us :)

All we ask is that you out forward your best quote, if it is the most competitive one we receive, then you get the job.

So your after the cheapest quote, not necessarily the best person for the job?

Courier Expert

167243

M & P Express said:

So your after the cheapest quote, not necessarily the best person for the job?

We wouldn't use anyone unreliable, anyone with a poor reputation or who isn't capable of doing the job.

moray couriers

780

Call me thick if you like but unless you give someone a chance, how will you know that they are unreliable, has a poor reputation or isn't capable of doing the job, (got it, you are psychic)

Nottingham & Derby Couriers

3295

Courier Expert said:


Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

Collection Postcode: B2 4JD Delivery Postcode: WV14 8NW Distance: 15 miles

We are currently working with mtvan on a way of classifying jobs differently. Just so we can get this right, at what point does a job start to be considered as a 'proper' courier job?

What's wrong with these short distance jobs. All you need to do is apply your minimum charge and that's it covered. Decent rate, minimal mileage and minimal time.

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD.

2850

Nottingham & Derby Couriers said:


Courier Expert said:


Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

Collection Postcode: B2 4JD Delivery Postcode: WV14 8NW Distance: 15 miles

We are currently working with mtvan on a way of classifying jobs differently. Just so we can get this right, at what point does a job start to be considered as a 'proper' courier job?

What's wrong with these short distance jobs. All you need to do is apply your minimum charge and that's it covered. Decent rate, minimal mileage and minimal time.

Somehow I do not think he wants to pay £40 plus for a 20 mile job! That's the whole point

moray couriers

780

Been called back to work so Thursday I will be going back from Elgin to Colchester but in the car this time. It's a 5 series BM so will have plenty of room to chuck a few deliveries for en route on the back seat, floor and passenger foot well but think the boot will be full of my gear. Don't think it's covered by my van insurance H&R but no-one will know will they?

MK BIKES

2821

Courier Expert said:


M & P Express said:

So your after the cheapest quote, not necessarily the best person for the job?

We wouldn't use anyone unreliable, anyone with a poor reputation or who isn't capable of doing the job.

Oh the irony

Courier Expert

167243

MK Bikes said:


Courier Expert said:


M & P Express said:

So your after the cheapest quote, not necessarily the best person for the job?

We wouldn't use anyone unreliable, anyone with a poor reputation or who isn't capable of doing the job.

Oh the irony

The 'Courier Guru' is finally unmasked, lol :)

MK BIKES

2821

You are not very intelligent if you struggled with that one

Scott Reid

1029

**. said:**


You are not very intelligent if you struggled with that one

+1

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

Do you really think CE is that bothered about what people say about him, he seems to be doing pretty well and when he sells his business for a pretty penny in 10-20 years I think he will have the last laugh, Ok I dont agree with some of his rates, but when you hear of the horror stories on here about people owing thousands and yet CE gets a worse name than them, I think the digs at CE are a mixture, of boredom and jealousy plus maybee the odd thought of why didnt I do something like he does, I'm not standing up for him but he does what he does, why not focus on your own business, i will say this again, these threads are getting pretty boring, and please don't bother sending me any private messages asking me if I have cracked up, i'm fine.

Scott Reid

1029

Hi AJM,

It is certainly not jealousy on my part.

For me it's the fact that his business practices are pretty much a hairs breadth from crossing into some rather dodgy territory.

As for those who rip people off for thousands, I am just glad that they aren't as diligent about never quite fully crossing the line as it makes them easier to catch/get shut down.

Like I said before, I just want to make sure that anyone new to this business doesn't get the impression that CE's way of doing business and the rates he wants to pay are "the norm" in this industry.

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

Scott Reid said:


Hi AJM,

It is certainly not jealousy on my part.

For me it's the fact that his business practices are pretty much a hairs breadth from crossing into some rather dodgy territory.

As for those who rip people off for thousands, I am just glad that they aren't as diligent about never quite fully crossing the line as it makes them easier to catch/get shut down.

Like I said before, I just want to make sure that anyone new to this business doesn't get the impression that CE's way of doing business and the rates he wants to pay are "the norm" in this industry.

There are lots of courier companies out there that pay a lot less, CE is up front about his prices and people get paid, I know of at least ten other companies that pay less than CE, people new to this business should do there HOMEWORK and decide for themselves

Nottingham & Derby Couriers

3295

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD. said:


Nottingham & Derby Couriers said:


Courier Expert said:


Here are a couple oif examples of retail jobs today:

Collection Postcode: CV6 5QG Delivery Postcode: CV37 7AQ Distance: 22 miles

Collection Postcode: B2 4JD Delivery Postcode: WV14 8NW Distance: 15 miles

We are currently working with mtvan on a way of classifying jobs differently. Just so we can get this right, at what point does a job start to be considered as a 'proper' courier job?

What's wrong with these short distance jobs. All you need to do is apply your minimum charge and that's it covered. Decent rate, minimal mileage and minimal time.

Somehow I do not think he wants to pay £40 plus for a 20 mile job! That's the whole point

We did a 2 mile job the other day. Minimum charge for the Luton Tail Lift is £45. This is across the board and is for Retail and trade users. It's a take it or leave it option.

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD.

2850

I'd have thought at least £50 minimum charge for a Luton, even if it went 100 yards!

LwsExpress transport solutions

1161

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD. said:


I'd have thought at least £50 minimum charge for a Luton, even if it went 100 yards!

As you know Alan I don't do Sameday anymore but today got a call from an old acquaintance who had been told I had a luton tail lift offering me a run for today, all I was doing was watering the plants when he called so I said yes. Then to my astonishment he told me to invoice him £2 Plm! I have now told him to call me anytime he likes and he says that's the going rate for a luton taillift. So now guys if you need me I'm available 24/7 again for £2 Plm :-)

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

LwsExpress transport solutions said:


RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD. said:


I'd have thought at least £50 minimum charge for a Luton, even if it went 100 yards!

As you know Alan I don't do Sameday anymore but today got a call from an old acquaintance who had been told I had a luton tail lift offering me a run for today, all I was doing was watering the plants when he called so I said yes. Then to my astonishment he told me to invoice him £2 Plm! I have now told him to call me anytime he likes and he says that's the going rate for a luton taillift. So now guys if you need me I'm available 24/7 again for £2 Plm :-)

Make it £2.99 plm

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