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Post  Cox International on Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:44 pm

Below are tracking results for something ordered on Amazon and shipped with Canada Post. It was to go from Vancouver to Edmonton, both in Canada and about an hour's flight apart. In the end, the package never arrived at it's intended destination.

It's an old FB post of hours originating from Theresa's relative but, because we have been facing rotating strikes by Canada Post (again), thought that this was timely fun for a Friday Smile


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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:28 pm

Smile You have my sympathy, through rain, snow, sleet and dark of night. Smile

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Post  NEW222 on Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:17 pm

Just to add to this post. Although not related to this, but good for those of us either shipping to or receiving from the US. Just so anyone having dealings to understand.

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/canada-post-asks-for-halt-to-international-shipments-as-parcel-backlog-grows-1.4180473?fbclid=IwAR2gUh0fXdzoALsFgWVt5T8D_EkHbdrI7ReRCpoMVcP0no7PSnq7lolruw8
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Post  Cox International on Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:43 pm

Yes, that was announced today.

With this in mind we would like to reiterate that, for us, it's business as usual for all customers located outside of Canada.

We create shipping labels using USPS (United States Postal Service). We then bulk-ship, via courier, to a service provider (Chit-Chats Express), that trucks packages across the Canada / USA border and enters them into the USPS mailstream in Blaine / WA. USA and worldwide delivery times are equal or faster than if we shipped via Canada Post.

For Canadian customers, depending on order size, we upgrade shipping to "Purolator" or request partial support from the customer to offset the increased cost.
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Screen shot from 5 minutes ago. I should have driven to go get it.

Post  944_Jim on Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:53 pm

I'd like to cut USPS some slack, but this is a Cox .09 wrench sent in a First Class envelope taped to a sheet of cardboard to keep it from slipping out:
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Post  fredvon4 on Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:32 pm

My Family to the west of Texas, In Law to the East of Texas

Wife and I are crafty folk who mostly MAKE gifts for family and friends

We mail a LOT each month of the year

We tend to prefer the USPS but in the past used FedX and UPS and once DHL

sine 2009 or so the USPS got their stuff together and we have a very good experience
That said for some reason there are some remote rural WVA addresses that get locked into stupid back an forth mode like note above

I am certain it is logistics scheduling and computer ineptitude...so much for Artificial Intelligence almost like Military Intelligence...an oxymoron

leaves Lampasas Priority 50 buck insurance and tracking

Day one Arrive Waco Tx
Arrive San Antonio WTH?? heading east to WVA why WACO then SA....hummm
Arrive Atlanta...cool progress to the east
Arrive Pittsburgh...great within 22 miles of destination
Arrive Chicago...WTH are you guys doing???
Arrive Atlanta for second time...grrrr
Arrive Pittsburgh second time....my gosh you guys are convincing me why you are billions of $$$$ in debt
Arrive Follensby WVA 9 days after ship date


A week before this above box was shipped, I had sent two boxes with Quilts to same addresses... each did NOT go Priority and each got there in 3 days

Now to be fair I have no clue about the long convoluted routed Box or why but this is a rare event for us

I am constantly astound how many items I order arrive like the next day or easily within three days

Not sure where Randy Smith ships from but his stuff make the journey in less than 48 hours EVERY time

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Post  66 Malibu on Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:39 am

In the past few months I have had two eBay purchased items lost by my local post office where the tracking info shows it arriving within 3 miles from my house. Multiple trips to wait in long lines and talking to supervisors whose own terminals show my items there already. I finally got both items two weeks later out of the clear blue !!!

The worst case of sheer undeniable stupid chaos was last year when I found a NOS GM throw out bearing for my Chevelle at a closed dealership in Billings, Montana. I paid the priority postal rate to Atlanta. It was an airfreight shipment that arrived here the next day.
My local PO unexplainably air freighted it back to Montana the next day. I see the tracking and emailed the seller. He then reshipped back to me and it was returned again to Montana via air freight !!!! I again stood in line for the idiot supervisor who could see the tracking of all the air trips. He made a phone call and the part was air freighted for the third time from Montana to Atlanta !!!!!!!
At that point I received it and it had logged over 10,000 air miles for a $15.00 part !!!!!!!!!!
The worst part of our USPS location is that only two agents are working a line of 25-30 people any given time and one or both will go on break. Once you can be waited on and tell them the problem you get a blank stare and the sound of cricket's !!!!

I'd rather have a dental appointment than personally go to our local PO !!!!!
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Post  GallopingGhostler on Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:43 pm

66 Malibu wrote:The worst part of our USPS location is that only two agents are working a line of 25-30 people any given time and one or both will go on break. Once you can be waited on and tell them the problem you get a blank stare and the sound of cricket's !!!! I'd rather have a dental appointment than personally go to our local PO !!!!!

Your experiences remind me of this saying: "I have 2 speeds and I am working as fast as I can. If you don't like this speed, you certainly won't like the other one!" Laughing

Back in the late 1990's, to upgrade my computer, I ordered a hard drive on-line. I watched UPS tracking. It was supposed to go to my address in Gallup, NM. It was delivered to an address with same house number, but different street name and in Grants, 60 miles away. I contacted UPS, they told me I would have to come down to their office and file a claim.

Next day, I got a call from Controlled Air and Metal, an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) subcontractor on a government renovation we were doing at a local PHS hospital. Bob's secretary called me at work saying they had a package for me. When I arrived at their office at close of business, it was my hard drive that I had ordered.

Bob Olive, owner told me that one of his workers received a package on his door step. It wasn't addressed to him, also had the wrong address. He brought it into work, to have UPS pick it up. Then Bob noticed it had my name, and told his secretary to call me.

Sometimes, the strangest things meaning bad happen for good. Tired w/ Coffee Read Smoking drunken sunny
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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:18 am

Sometimes it's beneficial to live in a rural area. I have four mail ladies, two that work in the post office, two that deliver the mail. All have hearts of gold and being a geezer they look after me like family.

Never a line at the post office and in in-clement weather I find my mail delivered to my door or neatly stacked in my breezeway.

When I lost my wife we sat on my front steps, swapped stories of lost loved ones and cried like babies. West Virginia ain't so bad.
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Post  GallopingGhostler on Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:00 pm

Sorry to hear of the loss of your wife, Bob, my condolences. So far here in Clovis, mail people are friendly, haven't had any problems with the post office workers either. We're a small town of 39,000 people. Yes, and similar to you, our mail lady is very friendly. We dog sat a friend's Cocker-spaniel several times over the past couple years. She'd leave a doggy biscuit in our mailbox when she noticed the dog.

Alamogordo, about 2 hours north of El Paso, TX, another rural town of about the same number of people was a different story, lived their 2010 - 2012. The post office employees, particularly one older bearded fellow was rude and nasty. Case in point to their incompetency, I did an on-line internet hold mail for a week.

Came back a week later from vacation, my mail box was stuffed full and overflowing. Although the postal service started on-line a year prior, these folks hadn't caught up yet. The next time I went to the post office and filled out a hold-mail form manually. Because of their rudeness, I no longer shipped packages through them, went to one of those 3rd party postal mailing services and mailed my packages from there. If I continued to live there, would have also gotten a 3rd party postal box so I wouldn't have to deal with them.
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