Couriers and Messengers

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Couriers and Messengers

Couriers and Messengers - Overview

Couriers and messengers pick up and deliver letters, documents, and packages.

Couriers and messengers typically work in cities and small local regions. They are used when overnight mail service is not fast enough. They are also used when electronic methods of delivery are not practical.

Couriers and messengers use many forms of transportation, such as:

  • Bicycles
  • Cars
  • Public transportation
  • Trucks
  • Walking

Couriers and messengers receive instructions by phone, radio, or in person. Couriers pick up and deliver the item to the specified person or address. Usually the person receiving the item signs a form saying they received it. Couriers keep detailed records of all deliveries made. After completing a delivery, couriers check with their office to get instructions for the next job.

Many businesses use couriers and messengers. Law firms and banks use couriers to deliver papers. Architects use couriers to send building plans. Laboratories use couriers to pick up and deliver medical samples.

Some couriers and messengers carry items only for their employer. They deliver items to other people or departments in a company. Other couriers work for services that make deliveries throughout a city or region. They charge a fee for each delivery.

Couriers and messengers must keep their cars or bicycles in good working order.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.