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littleuch
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Jan 10th, 2018 08:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Seems to me anything sent first class would take a couple o' three days to make it here to the peninsula. We had some outbound Xmas gifts take a couple of weeks. I burned up some remaining pesos on a gift card and bought one (ha!) set of strings from Sweetwater. Shipped on the 2nd from Ft. Wayne, 3 updates all at 5:17pm on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, saying enroute to destination, no other details.

What gives?



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Jan 10th, 2018 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It probably is the new norm; I've noticed the same thing in/around the DC area. What used to take three to five days now takes at least a week. This has been the routine for at least a year here.

It's probably due to cost saving/cutting measures such as, "no container leaves the shipping dock unless it is filled to capacity," etc.

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Jan 10th, 2018 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's been about par for my First Class experience as well, with Priority taking 3-4 days instead of the usual 2.

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Jan 10th, 2018 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Y'all DO know that shipping takes longer during the Christmas season, don't you?

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Jan 10th, 2018 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just to play Devil's advocate: USPS is caught in a real "catch-22".

•The only products over which they enjoy a monopoly are first-class "snail" mail and "junk" mail. These are antiquated forms of communication which are fading into oblivion and, therefore, produce an ever-declining revenue stream. In the parcel arena they must compete with UPS, FedEx, AirBorne, DHL, etc..

In addition, the USPS is mandated to provide universal service, which means they don't have the luxury of choosing what market they will serve (i.e.: "cherry-picking" the most lucrative ones) as a normal business would.

•Also unlike a normal business, the USPS cannot raise the price of the services they provide without the approval of an outside authority (the Postal Rate Commission). About the only other way they can control their operating cost is to cut their labor force (through hiring freezes/attrition) or by hiring temps at lower wages and little if any benefits.

Overworking the career employees indefinitely eventually results in diminished productivity/efficiency and degrades the quality of the service provided. Offering low-wage, temp employment with no benefits or security doesn't attract quality hirees, so that alternative is about "a wash" in this regard.

•The USPS work force is acutely aware of these problems which leads to a sense of hopelessness. In addition, the popular public practice of scapegoating the average USPS worker for conditions over which he, personally, has little or no control is not conducive to high morale.

As a side note, the general public has no concept of the sheer, physical volume of mail the the USPS must process on a daily basis.

While uncaring employees certainly exist and there are very real flaws in USPS management, they are at minimum exacerbated by the issues listed above.

OK: you may begin throwing your spoiled vegetables now...





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Jan 10th, 2018 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, if UPS and FEDEX were mandated by Congress to deliver bulk mail, they would have some issues too.

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Jan 10th, 2018 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got an issue going on now where I shipped a small 5"x8"x1" package from Texas to Torrence California. Mailed on the 2nd supposed to arrive on the 5th. It arrived in LA and then for some reason they sent it to Santa Clara. Now it's "delayed". No updates on tracking since the 8th when it says in transit to destination. Doubt if it will ever get there.

littleuch
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Jan 10th, 2018 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Henry, this was shipped after the holidays. Yes, I'm aware things slow down during the season, but never to this degree. Maybe a couple of extra days, not weeks.

Chris Greene
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Jan 10th, 2018 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1600, I'm having a similar issue with UPS. Ordered something on December 22. Due to be delivered December 28. Tracking number showed it in my town. Two days later, the package went back east with no explanation from UPS other than claiming a sorting issue. Now, it's due tomorrow, January 11, a full two weeks after the original delivery date.

01/10/2018 1:03 P.M. Package transferred to post office
Twin Falls, ID, United States 01/10/2018 6:21 A.M. Destination Scan
01/10/2018 3:02 A.M. Arrival Scan
Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01/09/2018 8:41 P.M. Departure Scan
01/09/2018 2:22 A.M. Arrival Scan
Hodgkins, IL, United States 01/05/2018 6:16 P.M. Departure Scan
01/05/2018 7:20 A.M. Arrival Scan
01/05/2018 5:00 A.M. A late UPS trailer arrival has caused a delay. We're adjusting plans to deliver your package as quickly as possible. / Delivery will be rescheduled.
Farmingdale, NY, United States 01/03/2018 9:15 P.M. Departure Scan
01/03/2018 9:30 A.M. We've incorrectly sorted this package which may cause a delay.
Twin Falls, ID, United States 12/29/2017 2:01 A.M. Arrival Scan

Therealfrogman
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Jan 10th, 2018 07:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I always have something on the way via usps and have not experienced any delays, at times the item will make an extra stop at a depot between here and there but I still get things when expected. The only issue I have is sometimes it gets here at 2 and sometimes 7pm.



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Jan 10th, 2018 08:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

USPS ... Camaro headlight buckets mailed from Alabama on Monday ... Received here in Las Vegas today. Small box.

reverendrob
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Jan 10th, 2018 09:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Holiday stuff is always dicey.

I've had issues with holiday shipping via mail, UPS, FedEx, etc every year since moving in here (not related to the address, just an easy to keep track of metric, as my life changed enough to make it a milestone of sorts) six years ago.

littleuch
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Jan 13th, 2018 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got it today. Shipped on the 2nd. Tracking shows it arrived in Jacksonville yesterday, relayed to Ocala overnight, out for delivery and actually delivered today. That's a lot of dark time between Ft. Wayne In. and Jacksonville.



Chris Greene
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Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Jan 14th, 2018 12:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I finally got mine on the 11th after 20 days. But hey, the shipping was free...

littleuch
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Jan 14th, 2018 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Newman!

Taildragger
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Jan 30th, 2018 01:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FedEx doesn't exactly offer speed-demon service either: I ordered a small item from Virginia which was received there in the a.m. by FedEx 4 days ago. So far, tracking indicates that it's only managed to get as far as West Virginia, presumably transported by a child furiously peddling a tricycle.

The "scheduled delivery date" has twice been pushed further (all together by a week, now) into the future since I started tracking it.

(This message was last edited by Taildragger at 04:26 PM, Jan 30th, 2018)

Taildragger
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Jan 30th, 2018 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I presume the Xmas log jam has been cleared out by now, so that excuse should no longer apply.

littleuch
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Jan 30th, 2018 02:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, but Valentine's Day right around the corner and all...

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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Jan 30th, 2018 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hate to be that guy -- but USPS delivered two of my orders today -- on time -- in the middle of a snowstorm.

Full disclosure -- she got stuck in the snow and I had to push her out. I didn't mind, I was out shoveling snow anyway.

1600
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Jan 30th, 2018 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Follow up to my post on January 10th. I had to file a claim and the package was finally delivered on the 16th. 11 days after the promised delivery date. At least they didn't totally lose it but if I had not filed a claim it probably would have sat wherever it was for eterinity.

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