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PostSubject: FedEx needs geography lessons   Fri 30 Aug 2013, 00:19

Either that, or they are just stupid.

On Wednesday of this week I ordered a TomTom Rider GPS for the S'wing.  When I received the tracking information I noted that it was shipped from the Coffeyville, Ks. Amazon warehouse, which is 60 miles Southwest of Frontenac.

"Cool," I thought.  "It'll go up to the Lenexa, Ks. FedEx Shipping hub (which is about 120 miles north of me) then back down to Joplin, Mo and out on the delivery truck."

Does it go that way?  Nooooooo....

It's in Dallas, Texas right now.  Hundreds of miles farther away. Rolling Eyes

What's your experience with dumb shipping companies?
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PostSubject: Re: FedEx needs geography lessons   Fri 30 Aug 2013, 02:31

A few years ago, we had a HUGE pnuematic cylinder shipped from Melbourne to a Perth customer's address. Normally takes 4 days sometimes 5 by road. A week after it was supposed to have been delivered, it became seriously urgent so we hit the transport company to airfreight a hastilly engineered replacement at their expense $$$$$$$$$$$. This arrived on time, but the first one seemed lost forever.
About 6 months later the customer rings me and asks where we want the cylinder. It had arrived after doing a lap or two around the country.
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PostSubject: Re: FedEx needs geography lessons   Fri 30 Aug 2013, 06:56

Shipping companies have to route things via their hubs, so they can join with other items headed your way.  Its just more convenient for them. There are also other situations which can change normal procedures. Weather, strikes, fuel shortages, etc.
 
I have a friend in Belo Horizonte Brazil.  He often orders small parts from china for his business. Perfectly legal.  But if he orders them sent directly to him, it usually gets lost in customs for months.  If he has them shipped to me, it takes about 10 days. Than I ship them to Brazil, and it takes another 10 days. Cost is slightly higher for all the shipping, but shipping time is cut by months.
 
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PostSubject: Re: FedEx needs geography lessons   Fri 30 Aug 2013, 07:55

Gyro, maybe they wanted some of that good Texas BBQ. flower 
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PostSubject: Re: FedEx needs geography lessons   Fri 30 Aug 2013, 09:39

Perhaps they should have road tested your new Tom Tom?
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PostSubject: Re: FedEx needs geography lessons   Sat 31 Aug 2013, 00:26

sonuvabug wrote:
Perhaps they should have road tested your new Tom Tom?
I think that is what they are doing! It's travelled from Dallas, Tx to Kansas City.

Just for fun, once it arrives, I'm going to calculate how many miles it travelled to move 60 miles. Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: FedEx needs geography lessons   Sat 31 Aug 2013, 00:30

Gyro wrote:
sonuvabug wrote:
Perhaps they should have road tested your new Tom Tom?
I think that is what they are doing!  It's travelled from Dallas, Tx to Kansas City.

Just for fun, once it arrives, I'm going to calculate how many miles it travelled to move 60 miles geographically.  It has already travelled nearly 900 miles!  Laughing 
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