Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Deliveries (Fedex, UPS, USPO)
Old 12-23-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
target2019's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 3,705
Deliveries (Fedex, UPS, USPO)

By now you must have seen the video captured by webcam that shows the Fedex guy tossing a monitor over the fence.

Just had my own LOL moment. USPO truck drives up, and guy walks up to our front step, and tosses a medium-size priority box onto the mat. I started to walk to the door, and decided to watch further. He got in his truck, and started it up. Then sat for a few minutes, and took off down the street, with no additional stops.

Why the regular mail carrier didn't deliver this, I can only guess. I am also curious to see how wife reacts when she opens the package and we discover what all the little jingly sounds are.

__________________

__________________
target2019 is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-23-2011, 11:14 AM   #2
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 38,824
Here, the USPS package delivery trucks seem to be working really hard and all the packages I have received were delivered in perfect condition. I guess their service varies by location.

Like many others (according to a news story I just read), my normal mail delivery has changed to about 7 PM, well after dark, during the past few months. With the crime rate here, I don't really like hearing someone fumbling around at my front door after dark. But it is what it is.
__________________

__________________
Already we are boldly launched upon the deep; but soon we shall be lost in its unshored, harbourless immensities.

- - H. Melville, 1851
W2R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 11:45 AM   #3
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 8,634
Yeah, mine has been pretty good too. They typically leave packages behind a flower pot on the stoop, bang loudly on the door and walk a way. They don't wait for you to answer but I don't see that it matters -- they are going to leave the package if you aren't home anyway.
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 12:07 PM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
Bestwifeever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 16,372
So many more places offered free shipping this year that we ordered a lot more online. Just now a huge box was dropped off on our porch.

I see that shipping is way up over last year (I guess we ordered too much): UPS, FedEx See Significant Increases In Shipping Volume Compared To Last Year
__________________
“Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Bestwifeever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 12:14 PM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,072
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bestwifeever View Post
I see that shipping is way up over last year (I guess we ordered too much): UPS, FedEx See Significant Increases In Shipping Volume Compared To Last Year
My UPS delivery guy (we're best buds ) told me yesterday they were so busy all the delivery guys were scheduled to work half day on Saturday, something he said was almost unheard of.
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 12:29 PM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,016
As of last week, I discovered that I could actually legitimately use an iPad for patient care. Finally, a perfectly good reason to buy one on my business account! Through my professional association, I ordered the iPad 2, 64GB with a discounted data plan. It just arrived right to my condo via Purolator, cold, but in perfect condition.

Now the fun starts!
__________________
Meadbh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 01:02 PM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
target2019's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 3,705
Ok, here is a good UPS report. Truck stopped in front of house, driver stayed in truck, and a runner literally ran to the door with my cool stuff. He placed the box on the mat, and ran back to the truck. I managed to unlock the door and yell a "thank you."
__________________
target2019 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 01:17 PM   #8
Full time employment: Posting here.
Lakedog's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 654
Most of my packages seem to come by UPS, never have had any issues at all. Since retiring a few years ago, I have gotten to know the UPS guy quite well, and his wife is a FedEx driver. My pup really loves to see/hear the UPS truck since he always gets a treat.
__________________
Lakedog is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 02:16 PM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,971
Quote:
Originally Posted by target2019 View Post
Ok, here is a good UPS report. Truck stopped in front of house, driver stayed in truck, and a runner literally ran to the door with my cool stuff. He placed the box on the mat, and ran back to the truck. I managed to unlock the door and yell a "thank you."
They do that around here this time of year too. They hire temp workers for $9.50/hr to do all the work while the driver just drives and gets his nearly $30/hr.
__________________
aaronc879 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 03:03 PM   #10
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 199
For some reason this year for the past few months FedEx and UPS are delivering our packages ( and others I talk to) to the post office. We live in a rural area so maybe it's a new procedure. I've know this UPS man for several years and always have a "Christmas" card for him, hhhhhmmmmmm.
__________________
Dancer373 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 03:35 PM   #11
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Midpack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 11,963
I've never had an issue (breakage) with any of them in my life, I suspect the video is very much the unfortunate exception and undeserved 'publicity.'

It is interesting that UPS and FedEx folks often run when making deliveries, never seen USPS do that though their structure is necessarily different as they handle a lot other than packages.
__________________
No one agrees with other people's opinions; they merely agree with their own opinions -- expressed by somebody else. Sydney Tremayne
Retired Jun 2011 at age 57

Target AA: 60% equity funds / 35% bond funds / 5% cash
Target WR: Approx 2.5% Approx 20% SI (secure income, SS only)
Midpack is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 03:45 PM   #12
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,016
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meadbh
As of last week, I discovered that I could actually legitimately use an iPad for patient care. Finally, a perfectly good reason to buy one on my business account! Through my professional association, I ordered the iPad 2, 64GB with a discounted data plan. It just arrived right to my condo via Purolator, cold, but in perfect condition.

Now the fun starts!
Back online ...... From the ER.org iPad app!
__________________
Meadbh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 03:54 PM   #13
Moderator
MichaelB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Rocky Inlets
Posts: 24,411
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meadbh View Post
Back online ...... From the ER.org iPad app!
Good for you! I'm almost there, will probably have one early next week. In other forums I've seen font problems when posting from an iPad. You don't seem to be having any.
__________________
MichaelB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 04:15 PM   #14
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kerrville,Tx
Posts: 2,709
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dancer373 View Post
For some reason this year for the past few months FedEx and UPS are delivering our packages ( and others I talk to) to the post office. We live in a rural area so maybe it's a new procedure. I've know this UPS man for several years and always have a "Christmas" card for him, hhhhhmmmmmm.
That is the new lowest level of service provided. I believe its called basic shipping. It costs less than delivery of packages to your door by the shipper.
It appears that if you live in remote areas the USPS is used but in urban areas, because there is enough other business that the trucks need to run by most addresses every day, UPS delivers. Note that if you pick expedited shipping (additional fee) UPS delivers. Now if you have the cluster style mailbox, then the USPS package gets in a locker until you pick it up.
__________________
meierlde is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 09:43 PM   #15
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,423
I've recently had shipments come via FedEx SmartPost and UPS Mail Innovations. Both of these start with the big shipper and end with your local USPS mailman. Both of these were the cheap option in shipping but the amount of time involved was disappointing. I'm not in a remote area, I'm in a suburb of a mid-sized city.

My order from Woot® : One Day, One Deal took 3 days to get sent, another 5 in the FedEx system and then another couple of days in the USPS sytem. My order from Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more! took a full week from order through UPS and then my local USPS. This was unusual for NewEgg as they ship super quick and we have a joke that by the time you get the tracking number it's being delivered the next day.

But overall, unless it's something I need right away, I'm willing to save on shipping costs and be patient.
__________________
Married, both 62. DH retired June, 2010. I have a pleasant little part time job.
Sue J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2011, 12:54 AM   #16
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196
I thought it was funny that the USPS tracking showed an estimated delivery of Dec 21 even though it had still not been delivered as of the morning of Dec 23. It made it, though.
__________________

__________________
Al
TromboneAl is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Saturday mail deliveries are on the budget-cut table... Nords Other topics 103 09-19-2011 10:21 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:15 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.