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This is very exciting. The previous Metro Delivery record, standing since at least 2005,  for consumption of Paczki in a single shift has been broken, by our own resident superhero, J.P. who now holds the official Metro Delivery title: MASTER of PACZKI.


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Congrats, J.P.!

Additionally, this year marks what we believe to be the speed record for eating a Paczek.

Christian was observed to completely consume and swallow an entire custard-filled deep-fried Manchester Bakery Paczek in 46.6 seconds, as timed by Dale with multiple witnesses. Without the aid of water or liquids whatsoever. It was an awesome sight to behold, and one that many of us will hold in our memories until the day we die.

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Apart from individual standouts, the entire Metro Delivery Team performed admirably, with tremendous resolve and dedication.

Yesterday we started the day with 112 Paczki, and by 6:30 AM today we  were reduced to merely approximately 7.67 remaining, as shown, for several employees who may choose to celebrate a Fat Wednesday.



Metro Delivery is, like every year, amazed and most impressed with the performance of all of our skilled employees in these Extreme Paczki Challenges. We look forward to Fat Tuesday 2015  (2/17/2015),  and would remind all employees that it’s never too soon to start training for next year.

Nie mówię po polsku!


Happy Fat Tuesday!

Yes, it’s Michigan, and it’s Fat Tuesday, and while at warmer latitudes that means a giant bacchanal with wine and dancing and music, here in Michigan it means just this: PACZKI.

This year, we’re offering our staff Paczki Varietals, so that we can feel like they’re having different food groups at each meal.

From left to right in the picture below, you see 1. Paczki from Dom’s Bakery in Ypsilanti, 2. from Copernicus European Deli, in the South Main Market in Ann Arbor who get them shipped in from a Canadian Polish Bakery overnight, including authentic “rose” and “plum/prune” flavors,  and 3. the powdered- sugar-coated ones on the right are via Washtenaw Dairy, made by the Manchester Bakery.

2014 paczki varietals













…honestly, we can’t say that our Couriers run their fastest on Fat Tuesdays.


No HAZMAT Allowed on the Ambassador Bridge

The Michigan Department of Transportation has decided that public safety would not be enhanced by allowing corrosive and flammable materials to be transported over the Ambassador Bridge.

This is the latest development in an ongoing petition from the owner of the bridge, Matty Maroun, who has been trying since 2008 to allow hazardous materials to cross his bridge.

Hazmat loads are currently carried across the Detroit River by a ferry, 30 to 50 loads a day.





Metro Delivery: Chillin’

We hear that the Great Lakes are 62% iced over so far. This is fantastic news for us, as soon we’ll be able to drive straight across the lakes and avoid the toll roads, bridges and tunnels.

Satellite picture from Space Science And Engineering Center- University of Wisconsin – Madison



Polar Vortex Assaults Metro Delivery

Now that it’s a balmy, tropical 19 degrees outside, we’re all lounging around in our swimsuits here at Metro. Last week’s “Polar Vortex” was some of the most punishing weather that  we’ve ever experienced here in the frozen North, with Detroit at the lowest temperature ever recorded (since 1870 when they started keeping records). It was negative 14 degrees on January 6 and 7, and let’s not discuss “wind chill” because it just makes us feel like we have a really bad latitude.

Also, Snow. Drifting up to four feet in some areas. Look at the back door into our building on Monday. That’s a fine welcome to work:

Welcome to Work














…As a Courier company specializing in medical specimen delivery, we don’t have the option of huddling at home in a tub of cocoa like we’d like to.

If we don’t make our rounds, people could have serious health repercussions. So we all showed up. and slogged on through, even though some of the diesel engines went into hibernation:

Please Tow Me Through My Delivery Route Wouldja












…The Metro Team did FANTASTIC work during these extreme conditions. Everybody pulled together and made it through, despite the kind of adversity that reduces lesser humans to weepy puddles of nervous mush. We’re a lucky, lucky company to have such dedicated, terrific coworkers.


This Month’s Scam: Your Luggages are in Our Custody

Dec 18, 2013   //   by Metro Delivery   //   Employee Highlights, Historical Artifacts, News, News Stories  //  No Comments

The below email was forwarded to us, because the con artists, who appear to be fishing for suckers to run a classic “Advance Fee” scam, are using our website address as part of the text of their pitch, which breathless text employs a  stream of consciousness punctuation scheme unusual in business correspondence.

Note to public: Please be aware that the real Metro Delivery is not holding your luggages. We’re a same day delivery company in Southeast Michigan, and if we had your luggages we’d've already delivered them.


7 Jubilee Road ,Parktown Johannesburg

2194 South Africa

P.O. Box 87772 ,Houghton 2041 South Africa

Phone:  (+27) 746676900

Greetings from Metro Delivery Company.

ATTENTION:We are yet to still Expect your Payment for your Tracking code to be Activated and your Luggages Delivered to you You do not need to Delay in making of the Payment so your Luggages will be Delivered to you and you do not need your Luggages to Stay Longer here in our Custody so that the Securities will not put there interest on it because is at your own Risk,We bring to your Noticed that our Website has been Upgraded,We are so Sorry for the inconvinences,as soon as you make the payment your Tracking Code will be Activated and your Luggages Delivered to your Country Home.

NOTE: Below is the Name of the Financial Secretary

Receiver’s Name: muhammed ayinla sadat

Country: South Africa.City : pretoria


Amount: 1000 (GBP)

Note: Kindly scan and send a copy of the deposit slip as prove of payment to enable us commence on your shipment immediately 

Metro Securities!!! We deliver fast and safe to your door step.

Yours in service,

Jossy Potter.

Next day same day,Immediate delivery, your way………


Oh, please.



Nov 8, 2013   //   by Metro Delivery   //   Employee Highlights, Historical Artifacts, News, News Stories  //  No Comments

Farewell, Vehicle 141, and we’re sorry, Mr. Deer, and we hope the 2 guys who threw you in their trunk appreciated your contribution to sustainably harvested local cuisine.


The brisk and invigorating fall months of October and November are the Deer’s natural vehicle hunting season.

Another thing to keep in mind is that deer travel in GANGS.

Don’t be distracted watching that one in the field up ahead that just ran across the road, LOOK OUT FOR HIS POSSE BECAUSE THEY’RE POISED TO ATTACK FROM THE SHRUBBERIES.

There were nearly 50,000 vehicle-deer crashes in Michigan in 2012. Only one human was killed in Michigan, but nobody seems to count the deer fatalities. Harsh.

The below recent incident, we can attest, resulted in no human injury except for minor psychological scarring, but today the world is one deer and one Ford Transit less. (Thanks for the photo, Dale!)



Pictures are in from the 4TH OF JULY

Once again, Metro joined in the parade through downtown Ann Arbor and  delivered 1000 red-white-and-blue balls to the people of Ann Arbor- Delivered Same Day, on July the 4th.

We’d like to thank the Jaycees for sponsoring this terrific event, as always!




Metro’s Ready for the 4th of July Parade!

Jul 3, 2013   //   by Metro Delivery   //   Employee Highlights, Events, Historical Artifacts, News  //  No Comments

We’ll see you downtown Ann Arbor for the

Ann Arbor Jaycees 4th of July Parade 2013


  • Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 10AM!
  • Here’s what we’re bringing a lot of:






On Saturday, 4/27/2013,  Metro Delivery moved clear across Ann Arbor, from the Southside to the Wild Westside. You probably didn’t even notice, did you?

Because we always come to your place, and you don’t drop around as often as you should…

We bid goodbye to our old address at 4480 Varsity, our home for the last 15 years or so-



























Eerily empty, isn’t it?




















Yes, we even brought that coffin, left to us by the deadbeat coffin salesman…











And we set up shop in our new GINORMOUS WAREHOUSE at 6241 Jackson!!…


Where we finally have a REAL LOADING DOCK, Hurray!

That’s where you’ll find us from now on- situated just next to the Van Winkle Mattress Warehouse,  at 6241 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103








The move across town , although short in milage, was massive in the required coordination of our staff to keep all of our systems online, all of our technology enabled, and ensure uninterrupted terrific service for our thousands of weekly customers while we moved a phenomenal amount of equipment, furniture  and assets and made  the transition, without a hitch.




Kudos and appreciation to the Metro Team for this very critical and successful same-day delivery!



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