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The efficiency of this amazes me

By Andrew Pollack on 12/16/2003 at 08:42 AM EST

Tracking my new eMac as it is finally shipped -- a long story involving bad weather and poor communication -- the ball is definitely not being dropped by Fed-Ex. At midnight they pick up a trailer loaded by a customer in Harrisburg. By 2:22am the trailer is unloaded in Hartford and sorted, by 3:48am it leaves Hartford, by 6:22 its in Portland, and an hour later its on the truck headed to my house.

Given that it takes me about 3 hours to drive to Hartford, it is amazing to me that it is exactly 4 hours from the first time a fed ex person sees this package in Hartford (prior to that, it was handled only by the shipper) to the time the package is on a local delivery van. That means the package spent 150 minutes total being sorted or waiting for a truck.

Think about that - this package spent less time waiting to be sorted or put on a truck then I spend waiting or passing security in a one way air travel trip.

Date/Time Status Location
Dec 16, 2003
7:31 am
On FedEx vehicle for delivery PORTLAND, ME 
6:22 am
Arrived at FedEx sort facility PORTLAND, ME 
3:48 am
Departed FedEx sort facility HARTFORD, CT 
2:22 am
Scanned at FedEx sort facility HARTFORD, CT 
Dec 15, 2003
12:00 am
Customer-Loaded Trailer Picked Up HARRISBURG, PA 

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