• (cs) in reply to EY
    EY:
    The FedEx tracking page for one my packages last month looked like this:

    /Image/

    I'm still not sure if going from California to Tennessee and back again is a typo, or if they really shipped it there and then flew it back.

    I'm kinda curious about the "Package not due for delivery" thing... Why does it show two Santa Clara "At Local FedEx facility"s, after arriving at Oakland and before departing from Oakland? Then shows another one without an arrival in Santa Clara, just suddenly on vehicle for delivery to Saratoga. Did someone put it on a truck without intending to deliver it or something?

    I'd like to also note, as someone else did, that FedEx has a single centralized facility for sorting packages. All packages go there, then go to their intended destination. This was nearly their undoing when a disgruntled employee hijacked one of their airplanes and tried to fly it into said facility. Thankfully the rest of the flight crew managed to subdue him, even though he had taken a hammer to their faces.

  • (cs) in reply to Mr
    Mr:
    What we really need is a picture of Irish Girl on a wooden table
    With Paula? no quack.
  • Anonymous (so the Eskimos can't get me) (unregistered) in reply to John C.
    John C.:
    TRWTF on the "green" email is the use of Comic Sans.

    Surely the use of Comic Sans is another symptom of TWTF...

  • MeRp (unregistered) in reply to Trawn
    Trawn:
    Not a UPS Error...

    ...Software that only allows right turns works perfect!

    Obviously UPS is attempting to save fuel by traveling with the Coriolis effect. When they cross the equator they have to start making only left turns. I'll bet that is fun for UPS shipments from North America to Australia... repeated leftward course corrections in the middle of the pacific ftw

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  • prick (unregistered) in reply to Mr
    Mr:
    IV:
    I know that proper form is to photograph on a wooden table, but I don't know if this is considered a "really need to" situation. Be prepared to explain yourself to the sender of the e-mail and to the environment.

    captcha: wisi

    What we really need is a picture of Irish Girl on a wooden table

    what we really need is a real Irish girl on the wooden table.

    captcha: caecus (this is the 2nd time i got this word)

  • s. (unregistered) in reply to savar
    savar:
    Umm...in fairness, it does say "incorrectly routed"...

    The WTF is NOT that UPS incorrectly routed the package. The WTF is that Walmart predicted they will.

  • (cs)

    Out of all the shippers I've tried, I've had the best experience with USPS.

    DHL is just too expensive. Everything I've gotten from UPS was nearly smashed by the time it got to me. And some people I know lost a whole truckload of a certain product thanks to FedEx driving it into a lake. So its really a process of elimination thing, sadly enough.

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  • German Pizarro (unregistered) in reply to NaN

    "Para hacer una tortilla, hay que romper algunos huevos..."

  • lron (unregistered) in reply to Flash
    Flash:
    Yep. That trip from CA to TN to CA is the reason that FedEx exists. The "hub-and-spoke" shipping method was their secret to reducing costs. They could promise overnight delivery anywhere in the country. If they flew point-to-point for every shipment (or even most), they couldn't provide that overnight service at a reasonable price.

    Addendum (2008-03-24 15:42): Of course, your package wasn't "overnighted," but FedEx uses the same route anyway. They just give priority to the overnight service.

    I don't know how routing works at UPS...but that was my first thought when I saw that map. Of course it's more likely that they made a mistake, but if there were only one or two out of the way stops, I'd chalk it up to "we had a truck going that way, it's cheaper to route it less directly in this case, and the customer was OK with it".

  • roadnet (unregistered) in reply to s.

    I'm assuming they have pretty tight integration with UPS's routing system. Although we won't know for sure, my guess is that it really was an issue with the software, and that WAS the route, which is how UPS and Wal-Mart had the same ETA.

    UPS incidentally, has a "side" business selling routing/dispatching software to businesses that make their own deliveries.

  • (cs) in reply to Lediur
    Lediur:
    This reminds me of the time where if you wanted to go from Nottingham to Bideford without taking the M4, it would take you through Ireland, Northern France, and then finally to Bideford.

    They fixed it though, which is a shame.

    Why on earth city would you want to start from Nottingham?

    Why on earth city would you want to end up in Bideford?

    Ireland and Northern France can only be an improvement on the M4.

    German Pizarro:
    "Para hacer una tortilla, hay que romper algunos huevos..."
    In the words of the admirable Anna Mae Bullock, "What's omelettes got to do with it?"
  • Smash (unregistered) in reply to Martin
    Martin:
    Feb 22 it went from Memphis to Oakland. On Feb 23 it magically paid a visit to Santa Clara (to check the place out?) before leaving Oakland an hour later for Santa Clara for real.
    Also notice that on Feb 22 it arrived at Oakland 5 minutes before it departed... from Memphis? WTF?
  • Jason (unregistered)

    Obviously it was just mistakenly routed to Nebraska.

  • Rance Mohanitz (unregistered) in reply to Frunobulax
    Frunobulax:
    Rance Mohanitz:
    Bugs Bunny?

    Not to mention his user name is a remarkable (albeit misspelled) reference to 200 Motels. So, I'm dually impressed.

    You're sweet! Actually, I was kinda going for a spelling that was similar to the way Cowboy Bert (speakin' atcha) said it for the first time. Will you be triply impressed with the fact that I actually went back and looked at the comments 3 months later? Cheers - Rance

  • Julchen (unregistered)

    Hey. That route contains a hidden message. I'm sure of it. After all it matches the constellation LEO beautifully.

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