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  1. David B

    David B said, almost 3 years ago

    Yeah, blame the shippers?

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 3 years ago

    A friend of mind used to do her Christmas shopping at the next to the last minute and then ship the presents at the absolute last minute. Freight was sometimes more costly than the present.

  3. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser said, almost 3 years ago

    Hmmm, the items I sent USPS got to their destinations. The items Big Online Retailer sent UPS still haven’t all arrived (5 didn’t make it before Christmas, 3 still pending). Seems like the efficiency of that private entity could learn a thing from the government agency…

  4. Tricia O

    Tricia O said, almost 3 years ago

    Here in Dallas, the ice storm was THREE WEEKS before Christmas, and UPS had still not caught up with deliveries. So yes, I’d say blame the shipper.

  5. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 3 years ago

    I’d blame the weather, which was horrible. Remember that they go flat out despite normal weather, but ice storms can’t be dealt with as snow storms are. I’ve experienced both, and I’ll take snow any day. You can’t shovel ice.
    We had four presents arrive the day we were to give them and two arrived the day after Christmas. We just had printed out a picture of them, so our daughter knew what was coming and still got excited.

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    In our small town, UPS had 3,000 packages to deliver in two days of “last minute guaranteed deliveries” . My package came exactly as guarnteed, because I ordered at an intelligennt time, knowing our remote location. BTW: my neghbor is a UPS driver, and she ran her tail off for the last THREE WEEKS!

    Cut ’em some slack, Jack!

  7. spyderred

    spyderred said, almost 3 years ago

    Let us not forget that FexEx had the same thing happen, and that the problem was really caused by folks who waited until the last minute to order no matter where they lived.

    Like dtroutma I ordered my gifts early in December and received everything before Christmas. Plan ahead folks.

  8. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I’d say it was regional, and not just weather-related. Some distribution centers may have been better stocked, staffed, and managed than others. I had UPS shipments arrive in record time and the USPS was fast and inexpensive (as usual). Oddly, too, UPS sub-contracted their seasonal work load (there were deliveries made not in the familiar brown vans, but by civilian-attired workers in rental trucks).
    And yes, I know UPS employees work their butts off, as do all low-paid workers in the service industry. Hey Republicans, guess what? So do the USPS workers. They deliver and work HARD, regardless of the Republican attempts to denigrate and decimate the USPS.

  9. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, almost 3 years ago

    Really now, who could have expected bad weather in winter?
    I was amused when NOAA predicted an especially warm, mild winter shortly before the first ice storm of several.
    May still average out milder, though.
    We shall see what we shall see.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Uh, we’ve had three YEARS of extremely mild and warm winters in our region based on “historical record”. We’ve got two more weeks of “warm” weather and no snow predicted. Yep, we’ve also had a couple nights of record, or “near record” lows in between, and THAT is representative of “climate change”. (BTW, that “record” with paleobotany goes back now over 6,000 years, and though several very long DROUGHT periods occurred (several hundred years) the plant record shows our warming is ongoing, and causing greater impacts biologically, not just as “weather”.)

  11. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I think that’s the point of the cartoon. While people were blaming UPS, it was more likely caused by the growing number of people making last minute shipments.

  12. Anweir88

    Anweir88 said, almost 3 years ago

    And I note that civility you praise is distinctly lacking in YOUR next post. Figures. “One rule for thee and another for me.”

  13. Nohwear

    Nohwear said, almost 3 years ago

    Really any blame held by UPS, FedEx, etc is at the executive/managerial level.

  14. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Their software needs to be configured to determine volume vs. realistic shipping time, given adjustments for regional weather and local distribution center capability. Then, before accepting the order, ensure that the customer knows whether or not the shipment will likely arrive on time. If it does, then charge for that rate of shipment. If it doesn’t, then the bill is kicked back to standard rate (and the customer’s account is credited). Point is that you give the customer the option of cancelling or accepting the order under those “it’s late in the season and we’re backlogged, but we’ll do the best we can” shipping terms.

  15. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    The true believers who are gutting the postal service in order to benefit UPS and FedEx do so on the assumption that the “free market” will work to the benefit of consumers rather than stockholders.
    Or maybe they aren’t that naive and I’m just assuming they are foolish rather than evil. In any case, Chip, UPS didn’t have to set up their ordering system to fail. Incompetent or greedy, your “free market” let people down.

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