Did UPS shut down for a whole friggin week in fear of another 9/11 or what?

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  1. Wayne Bundrick

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    Inquiring minds want to know...

    I've got two UPS Ground packages on the way, one which should have arrived Thursday and another due on Tuesday. Neither one has shown any tracking activity since about 1:30-2:30am on Wednesday September 11.
     
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    I'm sure it is a coincidence. Ground is the lowest priority service offered by UPS so the packages have probably been collecting dust at some airport as overnight and two day freight gets loaded first.
     
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    I received a package ON 9/11 (via 2nd day mail)... It may just be ground packages... but I am pretty sure that the mail was moving.
     
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    you know, come to think of it I mailed a game on the 9th and it STILL hasn't made it to the receiver [​IMG]
     
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    Mail should be a little slower with tighter security on air over the week which I am sure causes delays for all the carriers.

    KyleS
     
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  7. Wayne Bundrick

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    Of course overnight and 2nd day packages take priority, but UPS does guarantee an arrival date even for ground packages. At their web site you can enter a zip code for the point of origin and see a color coded map showing how many days it takes to ship ground to any part of the country. One of my packages was coming from three states away and the map showed two days, the other package was coming from the other coast and the map showed five days.
    Update: the second package has new tracking activity and it seems like it might arrive on Tuesday, apparently beating the first package which had 2000 less miles to travel. Somewhere between Richmond and Atlanta a UPS truck has been missing since Tuesday night, and the tropical storm is not an excuse because that truck should have been in Atlanta three days before the storm went through the Carolinas.
    Sorry to offend, but my point of view is based on the following. First, UPS does fly airplanes, so the company is not immune to 9/11 security concerns. Second, I know that UPS employees are unionized by the Teamsters. I apologize for the stereotype but that knowledge instantly brings to my mind all the negative experiences I've had dealing with unionized freight handlers as an exhibitor at trade shows in cities across the country. Anyone else who's had a booth on the floor in Las Vegas knows where I'm coming from.
     
  8. Wayne Bundrick

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    Update: the package which departed Virginia on Tuesday 9/10, due in Atlanta by Wednesday 9/11, and due at my house on Thursday 9/12... has just been unloaded off the truck...

    ... at the Los Angeles UPS hub in Grande Vista, California.

    Assuming there are no further screw ups, the odometer on my package will have a mere 4000 miles on it when it finally shows up.
     
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    UPS must have outsourced to American Airlines or something. [​IMG] That's luggage type travel there. [​IMG]
     
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    I actually got two packages on 9/11 one from UPS ground the other was FedEx Ground (I believe the old RPS) and I got another FedEx Ground on 9/12. Sorry to hear about your well-travelled package!

    Jay
     
  11. Wayne Bundrick

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    The second package (the one that started in California, not the one that ended up in California) arrived today. This one is somewhat fragile so I'm pleased to say that it had no unnecessary miles and it arrived safely. Here's some pics of what I got:
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    damn. you rock.

    I was lusting after those things when theonering.net posted the link a while back.

    If you told me that UPS broke your ringwraiths, I might have just had a seizure and then watched my head explode.

    -B
     
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    Hey Ben,
    I work at UPS as well. I'm at the CACH facility and we sort about 390,000 - 400,000 packages on the day shift. We load about 40,000 of those in my outbound each day sort. Although I didn't work on Sept. 11 because I was on vacation, it sounded like it was business as usual over there.
     
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