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Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« on: December 25, 2013, 07:25:30 PM »

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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2013, 08:04:13 PM »
UPS hasn't been able to pull their head out of their rear in the DFW and OKC area for 3 week snow.  I still have about 20 drop ships to my customers that are sitting in Dallas, with each day having an exception due to "Weather Delay" or the occasional "Left at a UPS Facility" excuse.  Now with most government offices and schools closed, it is causing us even more havoc.

FedEx mostly cleared their backlog after the ice storm in less than a week, but UPS still cannot figure it out.
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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2013, 08:17:39 PM »
There were both snow and ice storms across the nation and anyone who on Saturday ordered online really doesn't have any common sense. I could care less what was being advertized I never go by what the retailer says I go by what is smart and practical. Counting on purchases getting to you before Christmas when ordering during the last week before it is taking a great chance it won't be there Christmas morning. I blame the customer not the retailer. So if you want Christmas on Christmas use common sense and make sure all presents are in your home by doing in store shopping the last two weeks before Christmas and do any online when you can be sure it actually will get to you long before last minute rush.

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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2013, 08:22:02 PM »
I still have packages sitting in the UPS hub in Dallas that shipped from the vendor 2-3 days before the ice storm on the weekend of the 7th hit DFW.

My company has a lot of hacked off clients because UPS can't do their job.
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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2013, 09:14:57 PM »
UPS hasn't been able to pull their head out of their rear in the DFW and OKC area for 3 week snow.  I still have about 20 drop ships to my customers that are sitting in Dallas, with each day having an exception due to "Weather Delay" or the occasional "Left at a UPS Facility" excuse.  Now with most government offices and schools closed, it is causing us even more havoc.

FedEx mostly cleared their backlog after the ice storm in less than a week, but UPS still cannot figure it out.

I've had issues with both of them for years,  I think at times they are trying to compete with the USPS screw ups.

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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2013, 09:32:32 PM »
I've had issues with both of them for years,  I think at times they are trying to compete with the USPS screw ups.


HHMMMM.  Those "USPS screw ups" have delivered all my packages on time or before, and I have happy customers.  Some shipments were due Christmas Eve, but managed to be delivered Monday.

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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2013, 09:39:56 PM »
I've had issues with both of them for years,  I think at times they are trying to compete with the USPS screw ups.

My company uses FedEx and except for the occasional mis-routed or lost package, we've been very satisfied with their service.

FedEx is also one of the few large US companies not in bed with Democrats.
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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2013, 10:36:08 PM »

HHMMMM.  Those "USPS screw ups" have delivered all my packages on time or before, and I have happy customers.  Some shipments were due Christmas Eve, but managed to be delivered Monday.

Good for you!  I haven't had such luck with them.

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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2013, 10:38:51 PM »
My company uses FedEx and except for the occasional mis-routed or lost package, we've been very satisfied with their service.

FedEx is also one of the few large US companies not in bed with Democrats.

Several years ago we tried both to overnight payroll to a jobsite.  Both consistently failed to deliver on time. 

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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2013, 06:09:48 AM »
Do you remember the first FedEx TV ads, "When it absolutely, POSITIVELY has to get there overnight.", and the delivery guy is looking in the boarded windows of a shutdown business, two days later?

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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2013, 08:42:12 AM »
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On Christmas Eve, Brandon Scott was still waiting for a 46-inch Samsung TV and Kate Spade watch he ordered from Amazon on Saturday.

"I'm frustrated because these items could have easily been purchased at various retailers in my area, something I would have gladly done had Amazon not guaranteed' their arrival before Christmas," said Mr. Scott of Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2013, 09:14:05 AM »
My company uses FedEx and except for the occasional mis-routed or lost package, we've been very satisfied with their service.

FedEx is also one of the few large US companies not in bed with Democrats.

Really?  That's good to know.  My local FedEx guy is a rabid conservative.  He doesn't share that with customers unless he sees something that tips him off--like a derogatory Obama sticker on my car.  :laugh:

I met a conservative woman from my town recently, and we got to talking about our FedEx guy.  She said he told her if our citizenry ever needed to rise up against govt--come to his house--HE will watch out for us!

Sorry for taking this thread off topic-but wanted to share that!

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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2013, 09:20:01 AM »
A lot of the overload was probably due to the bad weather, so people decided to shop online, which bogged down the system. Besides, why wait so late to order important gifts, such as televisions?


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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2013, 09:39:48 AM »
A lot of the overload was probably due to the bad weather, so people decided to shop online, which bogged down the system. Besides, why wait so late to order important gifts, such as televisions?

Thought of this last night after I shutdown, the shippers get blamed for a lot that actually falls on the manufacturers or stores.   They can't very well deliver something they haven't received yet.

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Re: Shipping overload leaves many Christmas giftless
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2013, 09:53:34 AM »
My wife sent our package to the kids in Texas last week, UPS picked it up on Thursday with a delivery of Monday.  They finally delivered it Tuesday night at ten after nine. 

Interestingly, our daughter sent us a package last week and mailed it on Friday, and we received it on Monday afternoon.

I can certainly believe that Amazon is capable of completely overwhelming UPS like this, and I am amazed they didn't do the same thing to Fedex and the USPS.  But ultimately this is the doing of the Me-llenials who expect things to happen instantly, and who have become so depersonalized from human to human contact that they do all of their last minute "shopping" via smartphone and Amazon.  You don't even have to wrap your gifts or even find a card.  E-Christmas cards are quickly replacing real Christmas cards, not in small part because it is so difficult for many people to hand write anything.

UPS is a symptom.







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