Next Day Delivery has victims, and in crowded places with lots of pedestrians, the delivery vans' drivers are trying to keep up with hectic schedules which don't allow for meals, bathroom breaks or any other form of rest. These drivers often receive a flat rate per day for their work, so they strive to get it done as quickly as possible.
BuzzFeed News has an exhaustively researched report on the dangers of Next Day Delivery, complete with vehicular homicides and overtaxed drivers, criticizing the horrendous track record of accountability exhibited by Amazon and others – especially during the insane delivery periods before Christmas each year.
No Package Left Behind
Again, "no package left behind" is great for consumers who receive their packages on time and ready for Christmas. But little thought is given as to how the package actually arrives at its final destination. The number of packages drivers are expected to deliver during these peak times is very high, and drivers sometimes work long into freezing winter nights to get it all done.
Third-party delivery companies are also squeezed by Amazon, causing them to struggle to make the delivery business pay, Amazon minimizing its own costs at every turn. This creates a very negative atmosphere for business, and it shows. One third-party delivery company, for example, was repeatedly cited by the Department of Labour for withholding pay from its drivers(!). Its owner had several cocaine-related felony convictions and had previously declared bankruptcy after missing insurance payments, failing to pay taxes and defaulting on loans and other obligations amounting to $15 million. Bad business practices attract bad business people.
2 Minutes Per Package
Amazon drivers themselves are on record as saying they often have to deliver 250 packages per day (or more), which works out to less than 2 minutes per package based on an eight-hour shift. How is that humane for the drivers, or for those exposed to their vans that are barreling down the street, trying to get the job done?
Amazon is a difficult company to pin down for authorities and industry regulators. The company has so much clout in politics that we can beg the question – is this truly as good as it gets?