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We’re FedEx drivers – why we’re leaving out your home and more company secrets

IN the age of online shopping, most of us know the frustration of coming home the day without a package that we know should be delivered.

Several FedEx drivers have revealed job secrets, and one of the reasons they might choose to skip your house on their route.

Several FedEx drivers have revealed job secrets, and one of the reasons they might choose to skip your house on their route

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Several FedEx drivers have revealed job secrets, and one of the reasons they might choose to skip your house on their routePhoto credit: Getty
If you get a failed delivery notification, don't ignore it - you have three chances before they send it back

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If you get a failed delivery notification, don’t ignore it – you have three chances before they send it backPhoto credit: Getty

It goes without saying that if your package requires a signature and you are not at home to sign for it, you will not receive this.

But what if no signature is required and you still get home and see one of those “sorry we missed you” notices on your door?

John, a New York FedEx driver, told Reader’s Digest that if a neighborhood gets hot, your delivery man might just decide not to leave your stuff outside.

The move is likely to reduce exacerbated calls from customers complaining that their supposedly delivered packages aren’t there.

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And if a signature is required and you miss it, don’t ignore the clues they leave.

“FedEx will make three attempts to deliver your package if a signature is required,” John added.

“After the third try, they’ll call you to pick it up. If you don’t have a number on file, contact or ship back to the carrier.”

It can also be annoying to get your belongings in bad shape, with a box that has obviously been mishandled – but most drivers want to handle them with care, and FedEx makes them worth it.

“When a driver throws packages [or] If he breaks things, he’ll be cut very quickly,” James, a Washington-based FedEx driver, told Mental Floss.

“My contractor gets a bonus every month. It’s about $50 to $100 if you do good. It’s an equation [based] how many wrong deliveries and late collections I have. If I complete the month without making any mistakes, I get the full bonus.”

In that sense, FedEx has both employees and contractors, which means some delivery routes may be managed by people who don’t actually work for FedEx.

“Most Ground tracks are given away to save money,” explains Ian, a former driver in Ohio.

“People can buy the tracks [from FedEx] and then hire their own drivers,” he explained, adding that that’s why ground drivers sometimes can’t pick up express packages and vice versa.

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Regardless of who is delivering, FedEx staff can often identify what you’re shipping—especially when it comes to medication.

“People wrap packets of weed in tons of duct tape or use some kind of scent to mask the smell,” said Tony, a driver in Georgia. “It’s all a giveaway.”

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5714286/fedex-driver-secrets-why-did-they-skip-house/ We’re FedEx drivers – why we’re leaving out your home and more company secrets

Jessica MacLeish

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