Well, it seems that the main concern here is that stores are lacking stock and that this feels unrealistic and immersive breaking to some. That maybe the people running those shops wouldn't be happy about that. I can see that but perhaps it's just that I and others lack the proper perspective?
On the other hand, however, I am fascinated by the idea of Mr. Bruce having tiers of employees maybe. Low level employees would be just like today. No different. However, if you meet Mr. Bruce's standards when you ask for a crate, you might qualify for a higher pay. Maybe a flat fee from him that get's added to your tab upon success full delivery. Then, when you are ready, you can go to him and 'collect' your pay from him.
- Not dirty - not even a little dusty.
- Must have a scent (From the sanitation booths or a purchased scent)
- Must not be wearing any immy clothing
- Clothing must not be damaged, patched or stained.
- Minimum Charisma level
- Not have been in Red recently
To be honest I would really prefer it if, after a characters first two weeks, Mr. Bruce would only hire characters that met said standards. It makes sense for him to run a classier operation than his red sector counterpart. But that would reduce the number of potential couriers even further.