Are you at the point where you can’t deal with one more nasty passenger or stingy delivery customer? You don’t have to rub a lamp with a genie in it so your wish to avoid them can come true. Thanks to a different kind of delivery company, you can get an abundance of flexibility, a break from the people problems you encounter with food delivery and rideshare, and ways to make plenty of money, too.
Point Pickup is a same-day delivery service that serves retail stores of all kinds. The packages are made totally ready at a retail location, such as Walmart, and then you pick them up for delivery!
If that sounds too good to be true, you need to read more. In this post, we’ll tell you what Point Pickup is all about and how you can get in on a deal that will take away your woes! We’ll answer questions like these:
- What is Point Pickup?
- How does driving for Point Pickup compare to rideshare and food delivery?
- How does Point Pickup work?
- Is Point Pickup right for you?
- A must have for Point Pickup drivers
What is Point Pickup?
Like most gig driving platforms, Point Pickup Technologies offers drivers the opportunity to use their platform as a referral service that connects drivers to customers. The company was founded in 2015 by Tom Fiorita. He was determined to create a same-day delivery service for retail establishments that didn’t have, or want to create, their own fleets of delivery drivers.
Fiorita’s goal was to supply these services to companies across the country, and he has succeeded in reaching it. Point Pickup serves the country’s biggest retailers and operates in all 50 states. Using its API (Application Program Interface) capabilities to allow retailers to use their own branding for customer orders, Point Pickup seamlessly handles fulfillment and delivery.
Point Pickup uses what it calls Precision Matching™ technology to match the orders with drivers who are most able to deliver them. For instance, a small liquor delivery can be handled by a driver with a sedan-sized car or SUV, but oversized items, such as lumber or landscaping equipment, would require a driver whose heavy-duty vehicle can handle that kind of load.
Point Pickup supplies its retailer customers with a useful service that helps them keep their costs down. Drivers like working for Point Pickup because it works so differently from rideshare and food delivery driving.
How does driving for Point Pickup compare to rideshare and food delivery?
The plus points of driving for Point Pickup include
- Flexibility: You choose when you want to be available. Deliveries will be assigned to you only within the times you specify. This gives you complete control over your schedule.
- Location, location, location: You can choose zones for your deliveries, too. No more being taken to the other side of the county for a very small fee.
- Consistency: Your packages will all be waiting for you at the same place. You won’t be driving all over town to different restaurants and stores to pick up items.Just one pickup per shift.
- No roaming around: You won’t have to cruise for business or waste gas while you can only hope you’ll make money.
- No strangers or rude passengers: Packages will never attack you, verbally or otherwise.
- No shopping necessary: Items will be selected and wrapped for you, no running around the store.
The biggest minus about working for Point Pickup is the comparatively low pay. While Amazon Flex delivery drivers, according to the data presented in this Gridwise blog post, make as much as $23.00 per hour, Point Pickup pay, according to Indeed.com, is more like $8.00–$9.00 per hour.
How does Point Pickup pay work? Drivers are paid per package for the deliveries they make. The amount paid per package depends on its size and the distance to delivery. Drivers can also keep 100% of any tips they may receive. There’s a referral program, and you’ll get $20.00 for each person you refer, provided they meet Point Pickup’s requirements.
Most reviewers and drivers will tell you that while Point Pickup is a less stressful gig than others, it’s more useful as a side hustle than as a mainstay. You can always do some Point Pickup work when you just need a break or want to supplement income you make from other sources. If that’s exactly you’re looking for, Point Pickup has got you covered.
How does Point Pickup work?
Point Pickup prides itself on being hassle-free to its drivers as well as the stores they serve and their customers. The company website tells drivers, “We take care of business, you just deliver!” This idea is certainly appealing to those of us who’ve ever been stuck in a long checkout line or kept waiting for a busy restaurant to finish the customer’s order.
To get a better idea of how Point Pickup works, let’s see how it looks to a typical driver using the Point Pickup app.
- After logging into the app, the driver looks for available deliveries for the day and chooses those that work in terms of time and location.
- Because the store does the picking and packing of items, the packages will be ready for the driver at the pickup point.
- The driver picks up the packages and delivers them to nearby customers. The items will already be paid for by the customer, so drivers don’t need to worry about dealing with that part of the transaction.
It needs to be noted that the deliveries have to be made within a given time frame. If you don’t make it on time, the app will cancel you and you won’t get paid.
Most often your deliveries will go smoothly, and you will be paid within 48 hours of the delivery by direct deposit to your bank account. While there is no instant payment available at this time, the time window for receiving your Point Pickup driver pay is shorter than what you find with some other apps.
Now that you know how it works, let’s see what it takes to be a driver, and if you and Point Pickup would make a good match.
Is Point Pickup right for you?
The requirements for becoming a Point Pickup driver aren’t very difficult to meet. You need to
- be 18 or more years of age
- have a valid driver’s license
- have a Social Security card
- pass a background check
- drive a vehicle manufactured after 2000
Remember, the type of vehicle you drive will determine the kinds of deliveries that will be sent to you. The app will automatically match you with orders that your car or truck is able to handle.
When you are executing deliveries, you have to go it alone. No pets or passengers are allowed to accompany you. Also, even if you’re invited in, it’s not permissible for you to go inside customers’ homes or offices.
As you can see, getting started with Point Pickup is fairly simple. Once you fill out the Point Pickup driver application, the process doesn’t take long. Usually it’s the background check that takes the most time to complete. At most the entire onboarding process, including working your way through the training videos, won’t take more than 2–4 weeks. If the background check clears in less time, it might be less than 2 weeks before you can start delivering for Point Pickup.
A must-have to “pick up” when you drive: Gridwise!
Whether you decide to drive for Point Pickup or choose to stay with the company you’ve been with for years, you’ll make more money with far less frustration when you ride with Gridwise! You can track earnings and mileage for free while keeping all your info in one place for tax time.
Gridwise supports rideshare and delivery drivers by providing everything from driving information to driver discounts and benefits for independent contractors. Here are just a few of the amazing things this mighty little app can do—and you can download it for free! With Gridwise, you get
- money making features My Trends, Where to Drive, and When to Drive
- a $50/month gas discount
- airport traffic and queue reports
- event start and let out times
- seamless income tracking
- expense recording and reporting
- low-cost benefits for gig workers