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..