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Is anyone still working?

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Assuming anyone still reads this forum...

Are any of you still working? Anyone benefiting from work connected with the crisis?

And is everyone OK?

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I'm busy working at home on my keyboard (I'm a key worker).

I am an ex-owner driver and I run Shed 5 exchange for couriers
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Mike George wrote:I'm busy working at home on my keyboard (I'm a key worker).
::D:

I was just wondering whether drivers are still working. I've just had to explain to a customer that getting something delivered when they know the delivery point isn't going to be using it because they're going on shutdown isn't an essential journey.

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I'm not working. I texted my (few) customers that I was parking up, and they all agreed it was the right thing to do - my partner and I are in the old folks category, so it seemed a wise course. We are of course going stir crazy, although we do have a very large garden - my veg patch is small enough for my normal abilities and time, so it is getting dug over like never before being as how it's not yet planting time.

Not being reliant on the courier income, I marvel at the confusion over whether or not people can go to work - fine if you're delivering to supermarkets and hospitals, but where else?

Good luck to everybody is my only thought.
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EnsonExpress wrote:
Not being reliant on the courier income, I marvel at the confusion over whether or not people can go to work - fine if you're delivering to supermarkets and hospitals, but where else?

Good luck to everybody is my only thought.
I'm taking that to mean that you think people are working when they shouldn't be, rather than they're making too much fuss about doing normal deliveries?

I've got engineering clients who supply the food industry, an electronics client who's doing some sort of rush-job medical thing, a client who specialises in supermarket heating and cooling systems, another one who maintains heating systems for care homes and retirement blocks, I could go on.

We did one the other day, collecting on behalf of our client who generally does the sort of conveyor equipment you see in a large food factory. We were collecting from their supplier 90 miles away from them, to go to a second supplier 20 miles from there. To the driver it was a roll of metal on a pallet, going from one company to another and not remotely 'essential'. It was actually a section of conveyor being rushed to France for use in a new ventilator factory.

There's plenty of important work to be done that isn't obvious at all until you're asked to do it.

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Alec wrote:
EnsonExpress wrote:
Not being reliant on the courier income, I marvel at the confusion over whether or not people can go to work - fine if you're delivering to supermarkets and hospitals, but where else?

Good luck to everybody is my only thought.
I'm taking that to mean that you think people are working when they shouldn't be, rather than they're making too much fuss about doing normal deliveries?
Not at all, I am not clever enough to judge what's essential etc. My own customers are a small number, so I don't see too much variety, but what you've said shows a surprisingly wide spread of qualifying essentials.
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Fortunately some of my work is delivering pharmaceuticals so I'm hoping that will get me through this. Most of my other work has dried up though.

The roads are nice and quiet but everywhere seems like the start of a zombie movie at times.
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Thinking about it, Whitevanman is an essential worker - one delivered my CDs yesterday. Not essential for my benefit, so many people are ordering the most ordinary things online nowadays. A couple of weeks ago I received my online order of printer cartridges. And so it goes on.

So get out there fellas!
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I’m still working at the moment, mainly pallets as all my event work has been cancelled
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A KIRK wrote:I’m still working at the moment, mainly pallets as all my event work has been cancelled
I was thinking about you the other day, when they were showing the pictures of Excel. You OK?

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Hello Alec

yeah I'm good thanks, obviously my main income has been wiped out for the rest of the year, as there will be no events this year. So I've had to revert back to removals, and courier work.

To be fair I've really enjoyed the pallet work,as its so easy compared to removals, just need to keep enough coming in to get through this year and.

How about you? hows business at the moment?

I did think back to the old CX days the other week, i'd imagine CX is full of new drivers searching for work these days
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i've been off since the 23rd of March, the company i sub for closed, so it put me out of work, it's the longest period i've ever been off work in 40 years, although it's not all doom and gloom, my wife is high risk, so i'm happy to be at home and not risking her health, another plus is that we bought our new home, so i've managed to do the move and get stuck into the decorating/repairs etc, so i've not had a chance to be idle.
The company have had a skeleton staff in for the past two weeks, and are waiting to see how the governments update on the 7th of May pans out to see how they go forward.

Stay safe everyone.
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I self isolated on 15th March. I reckon that relaxation of lockdown will reach me amongst the last group, so I’ve still got a load of diesel in the tank.

Our garden doesn’t know what’s hit it. I’ve got about 100 broad bean plants at three stages of development; a dozen tomatoes; four cucumbers; a dozen green beans; three dozen runner beans and a dozen sunflowers. Packets of seeds for carrots and lettuce. OK, so you’re bored by the story, imagine how thrilled I am, NOT!

But the change from sitting driving all day to gardening all day has enabled me to lose weight, over half a stone, this morning I rejoiced at dropping a pound under 15 stones. I dare to hope for another stone.
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