[messengers] The Courier Triathlon

Date: 23 Nov 2010 15:21:50 +0100
From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>

The Courier Triathlon 
Testing the mettle of three delivery services. 
By Janelle Zara 
New York Magazine, November 21, 2010 
The Challenge: Bring us two goldfish in a glass bowl, a bacon cheeseburger from Peter Luger Steakhouse, and a 24- pack of toilet paper, as soon as humanly possible. 
No. 1: Clementine Courier 
917-681-3936; clementinecourier.com 
Cost: $123.74 (including cost of goods and service charges for fragile and oversize items) 
Time: 1 hr. 20 min. 
Result: The bike courier brought us two fish (including care instructions from the pet store) and two twelve-packs of toilet paper faster than anyone. They didn’t get to Luger in time for the lunch-only burger, but arrived with a small steak instead. 
No. 2: Direct Rush 
800-980-7874; directrush.com 
Cost: $193.84 (including a $150 service fee and $15-per-half-hour charge for the wait time at Peter Luger) 
Time: 2 hrs. 50 min. 
Result: Slow and expensive, but we can’t fault their eye for a good bargain. They got the nice double-quilted toilet paper on sale and the goldfish from an off-brand pet shop for $.17. The burger was warm and the cheese melted, but the fries were soggy, and most egregious, they forgot the Luger sauce. 
No. 3 Elite Couriers 
212-696-4000; newyorksbestkeptsecret.com 
Cost: $264.98 (including hefty wait fees at Petco and Kmart) 
Time: 2 hrs. 10 min. 
Result: We’re still chagrined that our guy had to wait twenty minutes at a pet store at 1 p.m. on a Thursday. He showed up with the toilet paper but only one goldfish, and then twenty minutes later a colleague arrived with a cold burger and soggy fries. Elite knocked $10 off our bill after we called to complain. 

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