I still want the USPS to exist, but this is insane!



  • I ordered a few LPs from a Rockdord, IL used record shop and they shipped out on the 15th. This is route it took.

    Rockford to Des Moines 289 miles
    Des Moines to Chicago 346 miles
    Chicago to Beloit 101 miles
    Total miles traveled: 736 miles

    Rockford to Beloit is only 18 miles.

    And it's still not here yet!

    So stupid.



  • @mark I ordered some stuff from WallyWorld a while ago. On April 15th it was at Crystal Lake (about 30 miles from here). It's still there now.



  • I had a similar experience with Fedex where something going 30 miles ended up in Kentucky before wending its way back to me.



  • It probably makes a certain sense in the grand scheme of things.

    A friend of mine was CEO of a grocery delivery company. He said they had three different ‘pick lines’ where a box would go down a path and people would put things in them as they went by, based on the order.

    He said ‘if you ordered a battery, an orange, and can of tomato sauce it would show up at your house in three boxes and we’d look really really stupid’



  • @jon-nyc said in I still want the USPS to exist, but this is insane!:

    It probably makes a certain sense in the grand scheme of things.

    Indeed it does. See the Spoke–hub distribution paradigm.



  • Couple of weeks ago, I mailed a package to my daughter who lives one county over from Richmond, Virginia.

    The package got to the Richmond distribution center the next day. Then it went to San Bernadino, California and back to the Richmond distribution center over the course of 4 days.

    She finally received it 7 days after I mailed it. And this was 2 day priority mail.

    Idiots.



  • That one is clearly an error.



  • Everything in logistics is a mess right now. I doubt your situation is unique.



  • I have an order scheduled to come in from China via Hong Kong.
    Received an email yesterday, that DHL raised their rates for air delivery 80%, they wanted to know if I wanted to switch to cargo ship.

    I'd like some explanation from DHL. We're now looking at an $1800 shipping charge, which will of course be passed on to customers.



  • @Mik said in I still want the USPS to exist, but this is insane!:

    Everything in logistics is a mess right now. I doubt your situation is unique.

    My Palmetto State Armory order shipped two days ago. It arrived today via UPS.

    My Amazon order was placed two days ago. It arrived today via USPS.

    Somebody screwed up on the local level.



  • Probably. But it doesn't change what I said at all.



  • The USPS has changed how it routes things, to a hub concept. For example, if I mail something in the center of Louisiana up to the northern border of the state, it must go through Shreveport and then it goes to the nearest post office...Something mailed from my house to the nearest town about 20 miles away, must travel a few hundred miles before arriving at its destination.



  • @Improviso said in I still want the USPS to exist, but this is insane!:

    Couple of weeks ago, I mailed a package to my daughter who lives one county over from Richmond, Virginia.

    The package got to the Richmond distribution center the next day. Then it went to San Bernadino, California and back to the Richmond distribution center over the course of 4 days.

    She finally received it 7 days after I mailed it. And this was 2 day priority mail.

    Idiots.

    Jesus... here we go AGAIN.

    I mailed a package to my granddaughter on the 21st (2 days ago), priority mail. It got to the Richmond Distribution Center at 11 p.m. that night.

    I checked this morning, and it's in the Queens, NY Distribution Center. WTF!?!?!? on it's way back to the Richmond Distribution Center.

    It's the last time I mail any package with USPS. Fuck 'em.

    Can you tell I'm REALLY PISSED?



  • @Improviso said in I still want the USPS to exist, but this is insane!:

    It's the last time I mail any package with USPS. Fuck 'em.

    1. Have you compared prices with other services? You may have to pay UPS or FedEx a lot more to ship the same package to the same destination.
    2. (Put your tinfoil hat on for this) Have you considered the possibility that the USPS route all packages and mail pieces through a few specific "big distribution hubs" because the Trump administration government has installed super secret scanning technologies at those "big hubs" to scan all the mail and packages to detect speech that is insufficiently flattering of Trump spy on the Democrats' communications screen out potentially harmful material for your protection? You might be happy to know that the day they stop routing everything to a few big hubs is the day they have that super secret scanning tech installed in all their facilities. 😎


  • You truly are a piece of work.



  • Called my daughter this morning to tell her the package we sent was currently in Queens, NY.

    She said, "Great! In the F'in epicenter of the coronavirus!" She'll be leaving it to quarantine on her porch for a week.


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