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Subject: Bad Weather + USPS Hub = Delays?
Date Posted: 9/15/2007 8:13 PM ET
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Okey, I get it... Media Mails goes by trucks. So is the above equation almost true? With krazee weather, floods, and storms, would that be PART of the reason why our books sometimes take more than the PBS time of a month to get from one part of the US to another?

Only because of personal reasons (two lost BoBs and five lost in the mails to me in the past two months) am I asking this.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 9:49 AM ET
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Wow, CM, that's a high number of articles to go missing!  In my entire life (getting on the short side of it now) I've had only one article go missing and I'm pretty sure I know what happened to it.  I'm sorry you have had this many problems with service.

Just a quick suggestion, make sure your boxes are very strong and secure, boxes of books can be on the heavy side and put stress on the boxes.  Did you file inquiries with the Postal Service on them?

It is very rare that bad weather will affect the mail flow to any degree.  With First Class, Priority, and Express airport closings and delays can delay things but only as long as the flights are delayed.

With Parcel items the weather won't affect the sorting process but if the highways become impassable then that may also cause a day or so delay, not more.

Mail volume has more of an affect then anything else.  If there is a large amount of parcel class items then maybe everything that arrived on a day may not get out that same day.  At very high volume times like Christmas parcel will slow down because there is such a great amount of it and an even higher volume of First Class and Priority.

At Christmas the PO completely changes the Priority networks and to some extent the letter networks by creating what they call the C Net.  This helps keep these items moving but doesn't help the Parcel services.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 12:17 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/16/2007 7:24 PM ET
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Were all the lost packages coming to you?  If so, something might be going on at your post office.  I live in Chicago, and several years ago my post office was written up in the papers as having the most complaints.  It turns out a mail carrier was dumping undelivered mail at his house!  I would call the main number to report it if all of the packages were addressed to you.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 7:57 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 6:05 PM ET
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Cindy, I don't know how many Dead Letter branches there are or their procedure for finding lost articles but they do have success at finding things although not 100%.

The sender is the one that needs to make the inquiry since they are the one who knows the details.

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 8:28 PM ET
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Update.... today, on my doorstep behind the gate were NINE PBS packages. One of them was from last month (more than 30 days delivery).

Now, onto my next "conspriracy" theory....  LOL.

Thank you for posting and all of the assistance :)

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 8:40 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 9:12 PM ET
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Wow!  Well that's good news CM.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 6:49 PM ET
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Glad to hear it CM. 

Cindy, there is no fee involved.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 8:06 PM ET
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