For more than a decade, Jean and her husband had been a truck-driving team, driving hazardous waste. Now, with husband and truck gone, her career as a long-haul driver was gone as well.
Working Life (High): Patagonia
Patagonia has 900 applicants for every job opening at headquarters. It sponsors civil disobedience training for employees who want to participate in environmental protests. Its mission statement calls for making the best outdoor products while doing the least damage to the environment. Its Synchilla fleece vests are made from recycled plastic bottles.
For those who believe in buying American, it's true that many well known names (Minolta, Canon, Konica, etc.) are Japanese companies that build their equipment overseas. But so does Xerox now, so what difference does it make? At least you're dealing (or can deal) with company sales staff directly, and not with 3rd party contractors whose promises the ultimate vendor can disclaim. I suppose there's nothing wrong either with dealing with an independent dealer who sells multiple brands and can zig for you if zagging doesn't work.
. Xerox did it with its sales staff years ago (and there's been plenty of litigation there, too). I've been buying office equipment elsewhere since.
Ground, you're really dealing with the devil. These people have no company benefits, , disability (unless they buy it themselves), etc. If you have a serious road accident with a FedEx ground truck, you might think you're dealing with someone with deep pockets. Guess again. It's just like having an accident with a taxi in NYC. Even if fleet owned, each taxi is actually owned by a separate corporation, in order to limit liability.
. With UPS you get excellent reliability and a Teamster workforce who all receive benefits, even if part time. Also, lots of drop-off points: along with UPS stores and drop boxes in building lobbies, every UPS truck will accept overnight envelopes (by handing to the driver or using the slot in the back of the truck)... and they're always happy to take it, because it's part of their job and they know it's a high-profit activity for their company. Express Mail is also an extremely reliable service, with weekend delivery optional (extra charge for Sunday, no extra charge for Saturday), and they're the only such service that delivers to P.O. Boxes.