Bike Messenger

How Technology is Revolutionizing Bicycle Couriers

The times, they are a changin.’ It was not so long ago that bicycle messengers in NYC were threatened with extinction by the invention of the fax machine. Then it was email. Both technologies altered the landscape of the courier business – where previously the bulk of deliveries were papers – think contracts, professional correspondence, and proof copies – now the average courier payload is small packages, mostly from the publishing and fashion industries.

Recent years have brought several new players – Uber, Zipments, and Lyft are just the major players that make the news. In major metropolitan areas across the US, there are hundreds of companies and apps all vying for the holy grail of delivery: instant.

Most of these new players depend on smartphone apps and traditional methods like haulage trucks foot, bike, or cars for the actual delivery. Environmentally minded consumers can now specify delivery methods like foot and bicycle over cars.

Traditional couriers used to depend on human dispatchers and a call center to support them. Today, a growing number of independent one-man-couriers is rising to prominence. Zipments, for instance, allows businesses to contact independent couriers who are nearby and request same day delivery. 

These apps and services continue to innovate in a never ending quest for market dominance. Recent upgrades include the ability to post reviews on individual couriers and to request a specific courier for a particular delivery.

Perhaps the most revolutionary way these apps are changing the delivery landscape, however, is the ability for local retailers to arrange same day delivery. This often levels the playing field when competing with online retailing behemoth Amazon.com.

There is a troubling aspect to this revolution, however. Couriers in New York City have recently voiced concerns over these new apps. The fear is that the intense competition will lead to a downward spiral in pricing; a race to the bottom that will result in decreased income for couriers.

Of course, these independent couriers are free to turn down shipments that pay too little. But what happens when all shipments pay too little?

The app providers see it differently. They point to the advantages of being able to pick a specific messenger for a specific delivery, and the ability to post reviews of specific messengers, as game changers that will increase the incomes of couriers. After all, most anyone can ride a bike, but it takes a particular skill set to quickly navigate the busy and often dangerous streets in major metropolitan areas.

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Enhancing Your Home on a Budget

Even though you do not need to have a degree or formal education in the interior design industry in order to enhance your home décor, here are a few great tips that you can consider in order to make it look like you hired a professional to redecorate your entire home.

Use Soft Colors to Enhance Your Room

If you want to make your small room appear much larger than it actually is in real life, one of the best approaches that you can take is to paint the walls with light and soft colors. This is because the light and soft colors on the wall will allow the natural light to reflect and spread throughout the room much more efficiently than you think, especially if you have numerous windows strategically placed throughout your home. The last thing that you want to do is use a darker shade of color because that will only make you feel a little boxed in and somewhat trapped.

Purchase Decorative Mirrors

Do not forget to purchase decorative mirrors for your home as well, especially if you are interested in making a small space appear much larger than it is in real life. Like with soft colors, mirrors reflect natural lighting in order to add a considerable amount of direct light and dimension to the entire space. Even though this can be accomplished with a basic mirror, purchasing a decorative mirror will also add an element of aesthetic appeal that otherwise would not be present.

Use Wicker Baskets as Efficient Storage

The last thing that you want is to have an excessive amount of clutter taking up your available floor space because this type of accumulation can prove to be detrimental to your overall décor. It really does not matter how much space your room appears to have with soft paint colors and decorative mirrors. An excessive amount of clutter on the floor (especially in the corners of your room) will make the limits of your space apparently clear.

Therefore, you need to find an effective way to store the necessities and essentials throughout your room. One decorative approach to take in this regard would be to use wicker baskets as storage units. You can place these baskets on kitchen countertops, tables or even in corners for efficient storage and display purposes. Wicker baskets will also make it much easier for you to keep your living space organized.