Re: Imagine how much better it could be
"If there were any courier companies, any at all, that had the slightest clue about how to deliver goods to households, at times that were convenient to the receivers - not based around the hours that the couriers preferred to work?"
Hmmm..... I wonder what could possibly be the reasons that none of them do??? Cost could be one. Requiring a lot more drivers and vans delivering the same number of packages but wasting lots of time driving backwards and forwards round the same areas to cater for all the different delivery times requested by the individuals. Obviously, you've never worked in logistics to know how that's never going to happen. Why do you think the post office doesn't do it either.
They have set rounds that have to take into account traffic patterns, one way systems, parking to unload, etc. and the vehicles have to be loaded in reverse order so that they don't have to keep moving stuff to get to the stuff they have to deliver first. If they have to keep having to go back to areas they've already been to just to cater for individual requested delivery times, it could potentially take them several hours to get back to them and they wouldn't get all the deliveries done.
Courier prices would need to increase dramatically to cater for all that as, potentially, it could mean that they are only able to get a quarter of the deliveries done within their permitted driving hours!