the day starts around 6am, 2 hours scanning and loading, between 5mins to one and a half hours to drive to your area of deliveries, try to deliver between 100 and 150 items, start collections-which could take 3 hours, back to the base and unload and sort the collections and undelivered. in between all this your making maybe 40 phone calls looking for directions, people rarely answer but ring back half an hour later and are giving out that you wont come back to their area. meanwhile if anyone rings fastway about a delivery the office staff just give them the drivers number so they dont have to deal with it. so another 40 inbound calls a day.
fastway also give you no support at all and dont care at all because the driver bought the franchise so its his problem. also want a day off? train a driver to do your run, this can take a month, pay him for the day using your van/diesel, knowing because of the volume of deliveries he cant possibly do them all. your next few days are spent catching up.
and all this for the pleasure of -when you take out van payments,diesel,maintainance,phone calls,tax,vat,and all the other stupid things that your probably better off saying"would you like fries with that"
all the franchise thing is so that fastway dont have to treat you like an employee (which is what you really are ) dont have to pay tax prsi for you, dont have to pay holidays, but more importantly they dont have to take responsibilty for anything-everything is the drivers problem.
the most enjoyable part of the day was around 5 oclock on the last day i ever worked for them.