Special Delivery: A Day in the Life of Ray McKenzie
Posted on Friday 20th March, 2015
With show garden preparations at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in full swing, one man who will be kept busy this week is our delivery truck driver Ray McKenzie. Last year Ray delivered 8 truckloads of plants to the Carlton Gardens for the show - and that's on top of his normal deliveries. For almost a decade, Ray has been the 'Face' of Warners, delivering orders to our customers across Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate. We decided to spend the day with Ray earlier this year to see what his average day looks like.
It's an early start to the day, but with the truck fully loaded with this morning's deliveries, paperwork in order, and his lunch packed, Ray is pretty much ready to start work. After a quick once-over of the truck, it's time to set off.
It's the first Tuesday of the month, so the first stop of the day is Trade Day at Caribbean Market to deliver some orders. Parking is at a premium, so Ray has to make it quick.
A quick chat with Bonnie at the Warners stand, and it's time to take off for the next delivery.
On EastLink, heading towards Ringwood for a landscaping delivery, Ray is mindful of keeping to the speed limit, and being considerate of other drivers.
We arrive at the first worksite, in a quiet residential street in Melbourne's east.
It's a good thing Ray is skilled at reversing the truck - watch out for those power lines!
Ray quickly checks his paperwork before unloading the order. Fortunately he has some helpers. Some days he's not so lucky!
It's a quick drive to the next stop...another residential landscaping site in Heathmont.
Unloading the plants quickly is critical if Ray is going to finish all his deliveries on time.
We're back on the road again. This time we're heading across town for a delivery to the inner city.
Some locations present interesting challenges for Ray. Powerlines and overhanging trees are obvious ones in the suburbs. In the inner city, narrow streets and parked cars are more common. But Ray takes it all in his stride...
Many hands make light work.
Sign off on the paperwork...
...and head back to the truck.
It's time to head back east for the last delivery of the day. But not before we hit a traffic jam!
We finally arrive at Plantmark Wantirna, where Ray has some stock to drop off.
Safety first when handling the stock.
Is that a smile? Must be nearly the end of the delivery.
We're back at the nursery, where Ray will now start planning for tomorrow's deliveries. All that driving...I think it's time for a well-deserved lunch break!