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.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: BEWARE THE DEER
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!)
So every once in a while we get to visit them, talk over technical issues, and see what life is like in a FOREIGN COUNTRY. It’s a strange and wonderful place, Canada.
to tell you the truth, the Tunnel to Windsor makes us feel a little claustrophobic.
The first thing we notice is the complete lack of potholes. The second thing we notice are literally thousands of giant wind turbines. It’s very futuristic.
We stopped for lunch, and they gave us a nourishing dish called “Poutine,” consisting of cheese curds and gravy served over french fries. We got a version with pulled pork, but with the mayo on the side so that it’d be low-calorie.
in Mississauga, we found a couple of buildings that had just eaten Poutine for lunch.
We had our meetings, and the following morning found ourselves on the shores of Lake Ontario, which is one of the few Great Lakes we don’t see here in Michigan. Look, is that a Canada Goose Crossing sign?
ARE THOSE ACTUAL CANADA GEESE? How Exotic !
For breakfast we had Eggs Benedict, made with peameal Bacon. Our cardiologist is glad we don’t go to Canada more often.
On the way back, we took the Ambassador Bridge back into Detroit. Home at last. Immediately, we hit a pothole.
Representatives of Metro Delivery have been meeting with the Clean Energy Coalition, an excellent Michigan Org dedicated to the reduction of fossil fuel use, and the promotion of clean energy sources.
They’re doing terrific work- please check out their website and then send them money- and they analyzed our fuel consumption, which was fascinating.
We’re unsurprised to find out that our Vans and Trucks are NOT SO ECONOMICAL, and partially as a result of their report, we just bought a couple more cars. There’s not so much we can do with a car when our customers want us to carry 7 pallets of pig iron from Lansing to Livonia, but we do a lot of small, high-sensitivity deliveries too, like crucial medical specimens and the desperately-needed industrial doohickeys and thingamawidgets that keep the wheels of commerce rolling across the Great State of Michigan.
We are looking at alternate fuel sources, but in the meantime, we’d just like to share a couple statistics with you that we found interesting.
1. Last year, we traveled 1,568,104 miles. No wonder we feel tired sometimes.
2. We used 85,879 gallons of gas, which amounts to almost 2000 BARRELS of petroleum, at an average cost of $3.66 per gallon.
3. That cost us $314,137. Yes, that’s significantly more than a quarter of a million bucks- just on gas.
So, be quiet already about how much it costs to fill up your Ford Fiesta.
We are looking at alternative-fueled vehicles. We’re NOT happy that we apparently emitted 1,062 tons of greenhouse gas last year- oh, how mortifying- excuse US- and we hope to do better in the very near future.
Some of us have been biking to work, for what it’s worth.
Look with delight upon Metro’s most recent vehicle acquisitions: #146 and #147, the Twin Foci (that’s the proper plural of Focus. We had to call our old Jr. High School Latin teacher to be sure).
Small, zippy, manuverable, and ready to carry your important packages hither and yon.
If your important packages are a little larger, those liftgate straight trucks you see just behind the Foci Twins are ready to go, too- but for smaller medical, industrial, interoffice etc. deliveries, these Twins are going to be a lot easier to park in downtown Detroit or Ann Arbor, and a LOT better for the conservation of our precious natural resources than their big brothers are.
Yes, admittedly, we moved to our new 6241 Jackson-spacious-warehouse-featuring-loading-dock-and-all-mod-cons back in May. How time does fly!
BUT LOOK! Now you can find us even without being able to read addresses. New sign by SIGNBYTES!
You can visit us in the building right behind the Van Winkle Mattress Warehouse, when we’re not out driving around Southeast Michigan -and beyond.
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!
We’re all really looking forward to the annual Food Gatherers’ GRILLIN’ Fiesta Sunday June 9, featuring live music, delicious sausages, and a plethora of delightful diversions. It’s one of our favorite springtime events!
PLUS, as they say, “proceeds from Grillin’ enable Food Gatherers to distribute more than 5.75 million pounds of food annually to 150 non-profit programs serving people in need in Washtenaw County.”
It’s win-win, + BBQ.
Metro Delivery is honored to be officially noted by Food Gatherers as a MIGHTY CARROT PATRON this year for our continued support.
We’re lucky to be in a region where we have such a great local organization to support- just LOOK at their rating on Charity Navigator!
Get your Tickets! See you there!
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…
Eerily empty, isn’t it?
Yes, we even brought that coffin, left to us by the deadbeat coffin salesman…
Where we finally have a REAL LOADING DOCK, Hurray!
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!
Yes, we’re moving to our spacious NEW OFFICES & WAREHOUSE this weekend.
Metro Delivery bids a fond goodbye to the Sunny Southside of Ann Arbor, MI and, heeding the advice of Horace Greeley, heads to the Wild Westside of Ann Arbor, MI, from whence we shall continue to service the Southeastern environs of Michigan- and beyond!
And we would like be clear, we are NOT PRESENTLY moving to India:
…we all got our hopes up that Management had more expansive plans than we’d been led to believe, this morning when we found the below(click for screenshot) website, which looks remarkably like our website:
Which shows that we’ve established branches in:
India! at 41/3, Mahatma Gandhi Road Bangalore Karnataka – 560 001
PHONE NUMBER: + 917411577135
2075 W Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (Metro Note: That address is a U.S. Post Office in Ann Arbor. We stop in, but they don’t let us stay there)
PHONE NUMBER: + 1 310 438-6497
at Cortonwood Drive Brampton Barnsley S Yorkshire S73 0UF
PHONE NUMBER: + 44 703 195-3447
at5/54 omolabake close of ilamoye street ijeshatedo lagos nigeria
PHONE NUMBER: +234 8133969916
…Unfortunately, that website that you see above is just another bunch of interwebs criminals who’ve copied our proprietary images and are trying to “hook” “pigeons” for their shady we’ve-got-a-package-for-you-but-you-have-to-pay-some-fees-to-get-it scam.
All the above phone numbers etc. presumably allow you to contact actual criminals. We recommend that you avoid these weasels, if they should contact you.
…Anyway, Westside Ann Arbor is a good move for us.
LOOK OUT WESTSIDE ANN ARBOR METRO DELIVERY’S MOVIN’ IN!
But England would have been nice…
Nigeria would have been awesome…
It just goes to show, you can’t believe EVERYTHING you see on the web.
…It’s coming up in just a couple of weeks- Metro Delivery has been a Five-Star Member of the Express Carriers Association for seven or eight years, and we always appreciate the networking and educational opportunities presented at the ECA’s Annual Marketplace Event.
The Business Development Cowboy is a-loadin’ up his saddlebags fer a rip-snortin’ Texan time with a posse o’ other Transportation Professionals from across the country. Further dispatches to follow!