Best Buy taps its retail employees in latest holiday delivery push

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If employees have the ability to freely choose whether or not they want to do this, and maybe if they get paid a bit extra during deliveries, it doesn't seem like a bad idea. (BB supplying the vehicles is good, too.)

Obviously if they're being pushed or coerced into doing it when they don't want to, that's a different matter.
 

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Eh, driving orders around sounds waaay better than standing on the sales floor all day with managers breathing down yr neck to coerce walk-ins into buying extended warranties. I don't see it as a "break" because driving deliveries is an actual job, just a different one than being an in-store rep. Retail jobs are awful but delivery jobs are tolerable. I just hope BB doesn't go all Amazon on the staff that's in back packing the orders for delivery... they chose to hire humans, they get to deal with the fact that humans are... well, human, and have needs and bodily functions and feelings (controversial thing to say out loud, I know)
 

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Right, like at least with a delivery you can listen to music, maybe an audiobook, etc. on the drive. And don't have to deal with jerk customers.

But the whole peeing in a bottle thing, Amazon takes it too far. I honestly feel bad ordering from them when I think about it.
 

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Right, like at least with a delivery you can listen to music, maybe an audiobook, etc. on the drive. And don't have to deal with jerk customers.

But the whole peeing in a bottle thing, Amazon takes it too far. I honestly feel bad ordering from them when I think about it.
I work at UPS. Peeing in bottles in your delivery truck is basically the norm. No one really seems to mind.
 

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I work at UPS. Peeing in bottles in your delivery truck is basically the norm. No one really seems to mind.
When you got to go you for to go. I don't mind letting any delivery drivers use the bathroom when they are dropping off but I can see a lot of their customers being real dicks about it.
 

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When you got to go you for to go. I don't mind letting any delivery drivers use the bathroom when they are dropping off but I can see a lot of their customers being real dicks about it.
I've never actually asked (at retail locations) I just use the restroom as if I were a customer. I'm socially awkward and have therefore never asked a residential customer if I could use the facilities.
 

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I've never actually asked (at retail locations) I just use the restroom as if I were a customer. I'm socially awkward and have therefore never asked a residential customer if I could use the facilities.
I meant delivery at a place of business where I work at. I wouldn't let a driver come into my house to use the bathroom. When I did residential work I never asked to use their bathroom either.
 

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Right, like at least with a delivery you can listen to music, maybe an audiobook, etc. on the drive. And don't have to deal with jerk customers.

But the whole peeing in a bottle thing, Amazon takes it too far. I honestly feel bad ordering from them when I think about it.
I really think that story was way over blown. From people I know that work at Amazon say they love it. Good pay and benefits. Sure you are expected to actually work but they tell me their quotas are nothing near impossible. The only people that are crying are the lazy liberal snowflakes.
 

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I really think that story was way over blown. From people I know that work at Amazon say they love it. Good pay and benefits. Sure you are expected to actually work but they tell me their quotas are nothing near impossible. The only people that are crying are the lazy liberal snowflakes.
From my experience in the logistics industry, I'd say your take is largely accurate.
 
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Back in the mid 2000s, I worked at Best Buy. It wasn’t that bad honestly. If you were a hard worker, promotions actually came fairly quickly. Pay wasn’t that good though.

I’m pretty sure everyone in the old store would have jumped at delivering things.
 

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Back in the mid 2000s, I worked at Best Buy. It wasn’t that bad honestly. If you were a hard worker, promotions actually came fairly quickly. Pay wasn’t that good though.

I’m pretty sure everyone in the old store would have jumped at delivering things.

Pay wasn't good? In the late 90s I was making $12 an hour working the warehouse. They were about to pay me $15 an hour as warehouse supervisor when I quit.
 

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I work at UPS. Peeing in bottles in your delivery truck is basically the norm. No one really seems to mind.
So what you're saying I need to pay more attention to the female delivery drivers, they apparently have mad skills!
 

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So what you're saying I need to pay more attention to the female delivery drivers, they apparently have mad skills!
They make female urinals.

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Pay wasn't good? In the late 90s I was making $12 an hour working the warehouse. They were about to pay me $15 an hour as warehouse supervisor when I quit.

2006 they started everyone at $8.25 an hour on the floor. Assistant Managers, or team leads made $9. I got $9.25 due experience which infuriated my co-workers.
 
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*snort* Presumably you learned why people aren't supposed to talk with their coworkers about how much they make.

LOL. Like I cared. I was out of there onto my career in 9 months time. Actually, the day before I interviewed at Best Buy I had already done the second interview for my career employer. I was technically leaving before I was ever hired.

Funny story. Years and years later, one of my fishing friends was in Best Buy corporate. I mentioned that technically I was still a "seasonal" employee. I even showed up to a meeting or two to keep the discount for about a couple years after I had moved on. I would get odd looks from the management who knew exactly what I was doing, but just didn't care or thought it was funny. Eventually, I just didn't care to keep it anymore and hadn't been for a few years. He "fired" me as we had a good laugh about it. I out fished him that day LOL.
 

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I really think that story was way over blown. From people I know that work at Amazon say they love it. Good pay and benefits. Sure you are expected to actually work but they tell me their quotas are nothing near impossible. The only people that are crying are the lazy liberal snowflakes.
I have a feeling your definition of good pay and mine are very, very different
 

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I have a feeling your definition of good pay and mine are very, very different
Well good pay relative to other zero skill jobs (e.g. fast food) that seem to be scarcer and scarcer these days I'm sure. But "good pay" will also be relative to the cost of living, so warehouses in say San Francisco Bay area the pay is far from good, but if there's a warehouse in like Idaho it may be good pay.
 

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Well good pay relative to other zero skill jobs (e.g. fast food) that seem to be scarcer and scarcer these days I'm sure. But "good pay" will also be relative to the cost of living, so warehouses in say San Francisco Bay area the pay is far from good, but if there's a warehouse in like Idaho it may be good pay.
I think the bulk of the Amazon warehouses are in metro areas, where the cost of living will well exceed whatever Amazon is paying, but there are probably a few here and there in places like Boise or Lincoln where the pay is decent… unless they adjust pay based on zip like my last 2 employers, in which case it likely wouldn’t pay well anywhere.
 

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I think the bulk of the Amazon warehouses are in metro areas, where the cost of living will well exceed whatever Amazon is paying, but there are probably a few here and there in places like Boise or Lincoln where the pay is decent… unless they adjust pay based on zip like my last 2 employers, in which case it likely wouldn’t pay well anywhere.
The warehouses here in Salt Lake City pay pretty well for entry level jobs. We've increased our starting wage to compete with them.
 
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