So yesterday I had my second experience with Amazon Flex and it turned out to be another good day.
My First Block
My first block that I grabbed was for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $54
I scanned in a total of 48 packages. I was a little worried at first thinking to myself damn that’s a lot of packages but I went out and did my best.
For this route all of my deliveries were local. Luckily I live minutes from the warehouse so I got to work in my own city which was nice. I did have one huge apartment complex on my route and there was a total of 7 packages that needed to go to various addresses in the complex. 2 of the boxes were larger boxes and the rest were smaller package so luckily I had my Uber Eats bag in the trunk. I filled the bag with the smaller packages and carried the two larger ones and started walking. After about 20 minutes of walking around I finally got all of the packages delivered and was on my way. One good thing about doing deliveries at this time is that most people are at work during the daytime hours so there is plenty of parking at apartment complexes and you don’t end up having to figure out where to park and not get a ticket.
Overall the delivery block wasn’t too bad. I finished at about 1:35. Took me a few extra minutes but atleast it wasn’t like the many stories I hear about other drivers getting so many packages that it takes them an hour longer to finish. If I had planned better for that apartment complex then I could have saved myself some time and easily made it by 1:30 or earlier. To me, Amazon seems to have the amount of deliveries and the time it takes to do those deliveries down to the minute for the most part.
Just when you thought my day was over.
Second Delivery Block
A couple hours later I checked again and I found another delivery block so I snatched it up.
This block was from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $54
I had previously assumed that night deliveries were probably left overs from earlier in the day. Probably packages that other drivers didn’t finish delivering so I wasn’t expecting a night block to be a heavy load.
I got to the warehouse and picked up only 9 packages. The only bad thing is that they were scattered all around north Orange County but hey, 9 packages for 3 hours pay isn’t bad at all especially since most people are at home and it’s low traffic time, on top of that, Orange County freeways are pretty convenient as well for the most part.
So I began my route in Fullerton and after a few deliveries ended up in the city of Orange. I stopped to eat and when I was checking out the app a little more when I noticed that there is a tab that shows the list of deliveries in order based on the route figured by Amazon. I noticed that the last delivery was in Fullerton, almost where I started. I was going to have to go from Orange to Garden Grove and then from Garden Grove to Fullerton. That just didn’t make any sense, luckily you don’t have to follow the route, you are able to click on the deliveries in the list so I clicked it and made it my next delivery before doing my city of Orange deliveries.
I hopped on the freeway and backtracked another 15 miles so I wouldn’t have to drive all the way back to Fullerton from an even further position in Garden Grove.
So back on track, I ended up dropping off my last package at 9:10 p.m.
I went home really quick to do a couple things after getting the packages but before starting my route and stopped to eat as well so that was about an hour of time. So I’d say it took me about 2 hours to deliver those 9 packages. If the routing was better and I would have caught that stray delivery soon then I probably could have saved myself a half hour.
All in all the day wasn’t that bad and I ended up driving around 60 miles.
Let me leave you with this one important tip though. If you have a chance then look through your route and make sure looks efficient. The best way to do this is at the city level. Look at the cities and make sure that the route makes sense and that you wont be going back to the same area you were in. This will save you time and miles.
As I do more deliveries I’ll be bringing more information and tips to help Amazon Flex drivers. Once I have enough information then I will do a post just for Amazon Flex tips and tricks.
Til then, keep flexin
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