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McGrory to staff: Please come to Newton (and Peabody)

The Boston Globe‘s previous home-delivery vendor, Publishers Circulation Fulfillment, was not supposed to be back on the job until today or Monday. So there was not much reason to expect a dramatic improvement—and there wasn’t. I received a copy of this email from editor Brian McGrory to the staff earlier this evening. It was sent out a few minutes after 5 a.m.

Subject: Help needed ASAP

Just got a call that there are thousands of undelivered papers sitting in the Newton distribution center. We need help. Anyone who wants to show up between now and, say, 9 — the earlier the better for obvious reasons — will be very welcomed.

It’s 15 Riverdale Avenue in Newton.

Am told there’s help also needed in Peabody, but not as much. Probably about 8 routes.

That’s 200 Corporate Place, Peabody.

If you’re going, hit reply all. Partners can be found and paired up on site. Sorry and thanks.


I’m guessing that things will be a lot better around mid-week. That’s when PCF is supposed to be fully geared up, splitting the delivery territory with the new vendor, ACI Media Group.

Meanwhile, the Globe ran an excellent front-page story today on the hard lot of delivery drivers..

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  1. Oh, so that’s where my Sunday paper is!

  2. Laurence Kranich

    I wasn’t expecting a paper today, after all the Globe’s reporters never signed on to do this every weekend until things got back to normal. But based on the Globe’s recurring emails, I definitely expect to see a paper Monday morning. Or else this fiasco enters a whole new level of disturbing.

  3. Bill Schweber

    No, it’s in MY driveway–and I am a non-subscriber!

  4. Al Quint

    we got the Sunday one but not the Monday. Better luck today (we’re in Peabody)

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