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plk
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united state

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why USPS is going broke post ur tracking

Priority Mail

Processed through USPS Sort Facility
April 03, 2013, 7:38 am
DALLAS, TX 75398
Expected Delivery By:
April 1, 2013

USPS Tracking / Delivery Confirmation™

Depart USPS Sort Facility
April 01, 2013
DES MOINES, IA 50395
Processed through USPS Sort Facility
April 01, 2013, 8:10 pm
DES MOINES, IA 50395

Depart USPS Sort Facility
April 01, 2013
CINCINNATI, OH 45235

Processed through USPS Sort Facility
March 31, 2013, 6:34 pm
CINCINNATI, OH 45235

Depart USPS Sort Facility
March 31, 2013
ATLANTA, GA 30320

Processed at USPS Origin Sort Facility
March 30, 2013, 7:14 pm
ATLANTA, GA 30320

Dispatched to Sort Facility
March 30, 2013, 1:48 pm
BUFORD, GA 30518

Acceptance
March 30, 2013, 9:18 am
BUFORD, GA 30518
Electronic Shipping Info Received
March 30, 2013



Xioden
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Monticello, NY
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Rather than sending three trucks;

1.) Atlanta to Dallas (781 mi, 11 hours 21 min)
2.) Des Moines to Dallas (747 mi, 10 hours 39 mins)
3.) Cincinnati to Dallas (934 mi, 13 hours 40 mins)

For a total of 2,462 mi, 35 hours 40 mins.

So by sending one truck that goes to all three you only travel 1,832 mi, 27 hours. Less fuel costs, less man hours spent driving, more money saved.

And as an added bonus, you have covered 10 routes separate mail routes rather than 3.
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plk
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united state

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Re: why USPS is going broke post ur tracking

One would not think one trailer would NOT hold all the mail going toward dallas to detour thru ohio and iowa before texas.

I have also seen packages come from like Indiana and pass thru Austin and then back north.

I have seen another go from the Midwest to calf then back to Texas.


Trihexagonal

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I sent a certified letter off first thing this morning to NY. It doesn't show as having moved yet but is expected to arrive in 2-3 days. I'd be surprised if it took more than 2.

It was $3.56 to send the letter and $1.20 for a money order, which I thought was very reasonable.

wth
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Here's a disk (Office 2013) shipped from Microsoft HUP. It got placed in the Clinton, IA cart instead of the Iowa City, IA cart. I'll guess it happened in Chicago, but not sure.
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shortckt
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Tenant Hell

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why USPS is going broke post ur tracking

Postal service isn't going broke because of the way they route their deliveries, but because of enormous pension and healthcare costs. Their routing is actually quite efficient for their size, and it should be since they spend $$$$ on planning and the computer systems to figure out all that routing and handling.

They also subcontract some of their bulk handling to 3rd party trucking companies, and work with UPS and Fedex to handle some of the 'last mile' deliveries.

In the mountain communities not too far from me everyone gets a free PO box at one of the post offices so USPS doesn't need to pay an employee to waste gas driving around delivering to each house, and they don't have to deal with delivering in the snow. At those mountain post offices local mail is separated out in the office and delivered directly to the destination instead of being sent down the mountain to the sort facility just to be brought back up in another truck the next day.

I'm not in love with the post office, but for their size and the number of items they handle each day they're rather efficient at it, and they're finally getting with the times as far as offering some electronic services. For example online postage, and I can now sign up for email notification when something hits my PO box here in town to save me a trip to the post office just to check if there's mail.

I don't think UPS or Fedex will deliver an envelope all the way across the country in 2-3 days for only 46 cents.


Omega
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Denver, CO

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Thank you for that post, shortckt.

I'm going to guess that no one in this thread has a degree associated with logistics or has any experience in logistics otherwise this topic wouldn't exist.

Yes, it may be inefficient for your letter/package to be routed that way. That doesn't mean the whole system is inefficient. The USPS has determined that routing your package via those sorting centers is the best way to do things. They focus on the big picture, not that someone was inconvenienced cause their package took a roundabout trip.

FedEx and UPS do the same thing.
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Trihexagonal

join:2004-08-29
US
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My letter arrived yesterday on the date they specified as the expected delivery date on the tracking site.


Rob
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Miami, FL
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Exactly. Carrying billions of dollars in pension and healthcare costs will make any organization struggle financially.


r81984
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The post office is not even going broke if you just look at the balance sheet before looking at the 75 years of pension fund payments.
Politicians just made it seem like they are operating in the red with making them prepay 75 years of the pension in just a few years.

The USPS already had a fully funded pension and was profitable until congress screwed with it to steal their profits.
The worst part is now congress can dip into the USPS 75 year pension fund account for whatever they want.
Congress is literally robbing the USPS.

On a side note my last USPS order went from Chicago to Iowa to Dallas, then to houston.
The only reason they zig zag and circle a package around the country is they literally can ship it for virtually nothing by using the empty space on the trucks they are already sending around.
They wont use more direct planes unless they dont have a truck route, the trucks are full, or there is a deadline for shipping that cant be met by the truck routes.
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dib22

join:2002-01-27
Kansas City, MO
reply to Omega
said by Omega:

I'm going to guess that no one in this thread has a degree associated with logistics or has any experience in logistics otherwise this topic wouldn't exist.

Wait, are you telling me they don't set aside one semi truck for my single package, that mine is mingled with thousands of other peoples deliveries? eww


Trihexagonal

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My package appears to have stayed on the truck and gone back to the sorting facility instead of being offloaded at my local PO.


woody7
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Torrance, CA
reply to shortckt
Another thank you for thatpost
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dud

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They're going broke shipping my package too fast.


Pete

@sbcglobal.net
YEAH, LOOK AT THIS NONSENSE.....I've got a package going to New Mexico, and it's literally gone back and forth from California to Texas twice already and is still not where it needs to be.....UGH!

May 7, 2013 1:12 am Processed through USPS Sort Facility BELL GARDENS , CA 90201 false
May 5, 2013 Depart USPS Sort Facility DALLAS , TX 75398 false
May 5, 2013 11:41 am Processed through USPS Sort Facility DALLAS , TX 75398 false
May 2, 2013 Depart USPS Sort Facility BELL GARDENS , CA 90201 false
May 2, 2013 4:24 am Processed through USPS Sort Facility BELL GARDENS , CA 90201 false
May 2, 2013 Depart USPS Sort Facility BELL GARDENS , CA 90201 false
May 1, 2013 3:13 pm Processed through USPS Sort Facility BELL GARDENS , CA 90201 false
April 30, 2013 Depart USPS Sort Facility DALLAS , TX 75398 false
April 30, 2013 12:30 am Processed through USPS Sort Facility DALLAS , TX 75398 false
April 28, 2013 Depart USPS Sort Facility BELL GARDENS , CA 90201 false
April 28, 2013 Electronic Shipping Info Received false
April 28, 2013 12:22 am Processed through USPS Sort Facility BELL GARDENS , CA 90201 false
April 27, 2013 Depart USPS Sort Facility SAN BERNARDINO , CA 92403 false
April 27, 2013 6:50 pm Processed at USPS Origin Sort Facility SAN BERNARDINO , CA 92403 false
April 27, 2013 6:28 pm Dispatched to Sort Facility FONTANA , CA 92336 false
April 27, 2013 11:50 am Acceptance FONTANA , CA 92336 false


EUS
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canada
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hm
My package seems to be stuck at sorting, irony?


Hall
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Germantown, OH
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reply to Omega
said by Omega:

I'm going to guess that no one in this thread has a degree associated with logistics or has any experience in logistics otherwise this topic wouldn't exist.

Yes, it may be inefficient for your letter/package to be routed that way. That doesn't mean the whole system is inefficient. The USPS has determined that routing your package via those sorting centers is the best way to do things. They focus on the big picture, not that someone was inconvenienced cause their package took a roundabout trip.

Everyone wants THEIR package to have special handling and the most direct routing between point "a" and point "b". Sometimes I think that USPS, Fedex, UPS, etc would do better to NOT display such detailed routing information -- they just should indicate "Package is en route and on schedule" or "Package is en route, encountered a delay, and is scheduled for delivery on (fill-in-the-date-here)".

If you want special, direct routing, contract with Fedex, for example and their "Custom Critical" service. After one does that, they'll appreciate how UPS Ground or USPS delivers their shipment on time for the low rate they charge !!