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The Amazon at night

OK, not "The Amazon", but

I just got email notification that my order has shipped.  At a quarter to ten.  P.M.  On a Sunday.  What sort of crazy deal does Amazon have with UPS, anyway?

Serious question.  Anyone know?  They have to be sending thousand of tons — more — of stuff a year to all over the globe with this carrier.  UPS must be wetting itself.  What's it offering?  24/7 pickups, huge price breaks, what?  There has to be something screwy going on for Amazon Prime to be profitable, for instance (Two day shipping, for free, on anything, for $70 per year?  It can't all be the Costco/Health Club algorithm of "they'll pay but not use", can it?)

18 Responses to The Amazon at night

  1. Track.  Let's see what time UPS reports getting it in their hot little hands.

  2. Amal says:

    I suspect that "shipped" means they sent notification to UPS.
    I love They've been so good to me. I did about 75% of my Christmas shopping there last year. I had a problem with one shipment (out of about 12) and they shipped another one to me with a faster shipping method and without any difficulty.

  3. The absolutely precious lyrics of Amazon's Christmas TV spot December of 1999 or 2000 seem to have disappeared from collective memory (they're nowhere on Google).  They're worth remembering:

    Minnesota's got a lot of snow
    There's a lot of potatoes in Idaho
    Boston's got a lot of baked beans
    There's a whole lot of bowling in Bowling Green

    But no one's got a lot of a lot of things
    Like Amazon's got a lot of books and DVDs
    Toys, electronics and tools
    Like Chinese poker's got a lot of rules:'s got a lot!

  4. And yeah, Amal, it looks like that's what "shipped" means, that UPS were notified.  Still, interesting that they're packing orders in the middle of the night.

  5. You don't think anyone could possibly have complained about the song lyrics, do you?

  6. Amal says:

    I suppose it's a good sign of how their business is doing if they need to be packing up orders in the middle of the night.

    Your item is still in SC right now. I am interested to see how they manage to get it to your door by tomorrow!

    Despite the volume of business that comes through there, Amazon still has some of the best customer service in my experience. I wish Dell would take a lesson from that.

  7. Yeah, weird, that.  They flew it from Tennessee to South Carolina?

  8. OK, that's pretty cool (let's see if it will let me paste):

     LONG BEACH, CA,  US 	01/29/2008 	6:30 P.M. 	ARRIVAL SCAN
     WEST COLUMBIA, SC,  US 	01/29/2008 	3:59 P.M. 	DEPARTURE SCAN
    	01/29/2008 	12:50 P.M. 	ARRIVAL SCAN

    5.5 hours warehouse to warehouse, across the continent!

  9. Origin Scan, Arrival Scan, and Departure Scan all make sense.  What's a Destination Scan?  It's not the same as delivery.  Maybe it means arrival to the final warehouse, the one from which the truck will be sent in the morning?

  10. And if Louisville's a hub, as the second one implies, why did the first one not go there from Nashville?

  11. A note about the lyrics:

    Think about how far we [humans, that is] have come.

    We have constant access to so almost all of the information that has ever existed that we're now *surprised* when a single bit of it isn't there.

    I like that.

  12. "So Almost?" Isn't that... like... an Ani Difranco song?

  13. And why did this one make a stop in Cerritos, while this one go straight through?  Just speed of service?  It surely didn't add an extra day.  Is it ad hoc?  Some days they have enough packages to truck from Long Beach to Baldwin Park (31 miles), some days they sub-hub in Cerritos (17 miles) and then truck to Baldwin Park (22 miles, for a total of 37 miles, or six extra miles)?

    Please do your own metric conversions, I'm going to bed.

  14. Quick, what's 17 + 22?  Just to prove you're not a spambot.

    I must have really been tired.  There's either a transcription error or an addition error there...

  15. Awesome.  Anyone ever put a logging GPS tracker into a box and send it through a parcel carrier?  I wonder if it would ever get reception to log its position.  I'd love to see the map it makes.  Maybe the successor to GPS, which will presumably not need LoS?

  16. The first one, for posterity, or if someone is doing a  reverse-engineering study of UPS.

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