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Pianoman's Comment
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All right, well if you guys think they're helpful, I'll continue posting these from time to time. I have a couple more stores I'd like to post at some point. Just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Yes, G...most of them aren't too hard to figure out, but I post them so people can see what it's like to deliver to retail stores--like you said, TIGHT.

Pianoman's Comment
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Also didn't think the parking spots along the bottom of the store were fair game - that and I loathe playing dodgeball with 4-wheelers (though in my google maps - there are some traffic cones blocking some spots on the bottom of the store). The less I'd have to interact with 4 wheel parking lot traffic - the better.

I didn't really think about that. In this case, the four-wheelers parked about how they did in the images, but it's true that often pickups like to park in places like that with their trailers.

I don't do this every day - so I defer to the person that actually drove in that lot. I assume you made the right onto Countyline back to I-25?

Yep. Kinda had to block the entrance a little as I was leaving, but whatever. THEY CAN WAIT!! LOL.

Also gives newbs a demo of why we tell folks to CHECK THEIR DESTINATIONS ON GOOGLE MAPS - from the highway exit to the dock. A lot of times the last-mile-directions on the GPS can be a "little off", or the address on the BOL might be the office, not the building with the docks. Checking all this as part of your TRIP PLANNING, can reduce the amount of "WTF DO I DO NOW" surprises on arrival.

I honestly don't know how new guys did these deliveries without Google satellite view. Sure, once you've been a few times and know the drill at a particular store it's not bad at all. But I check EVERY store beforehand on Google maps so I know what to expect.

Kinda funny, because I used to never do that. I actually kinda laughed at the people on here who said they use Google satellite view all the time. On otr deliveries, the satellite view was almost pointless whenever I tried it--most of the time it works best to just figure it out when you get there. But retail store deliveries are much different. If you go in the wrong way, or miss your entrance, you might find yourself in quite a predicament.


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Vendingdude's Comment
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WTF DO I DO NOW" surprises

I'm gonna co-opt this term if you don't mind. LOL. "Well, sorry I'm a little late today, I had a WTFDIDNS." embarrassed.gifembarrassed.gifwtf.gif

Rick S.'s Comment
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WTF DO I DO NOW" surprises

I'm gonna co-opt this term if you don't mind. LOL. "Well, sorry I'm a little late today, I had a WTFDIDNS." embarrassed.gifembarrassed.gifwtf.gif

Go for it- you don't even have to send me royalties when you use it.

WTF moments - like that right turn that you're never going to make - even if there aren't any cars in the cross lane. So you go to make those 3 lefts, and left yourself into a dead end street.

I had a GPS do that to me in my bus and trailer - 3AM after a gig in downtown louisville KY. Heading for the hotel, GPS says turn left - down a residential car lined street that ends in a T and NO WAY to make the turn. Backing up bus & trailer 150 yards (and a TT is MUCH EASIER TO STRAIGHT BACK, than a bus and 8' trailer - MUCH EASIER).

WTFDIDNS - this was back before google earth.



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