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Hub and Spoke package delivery systems

Hub and Spoke package delivery systems

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I ordered a new cell phone plan and AT&T is shipping me a 3G SIM for the GSM phone.  My little SIM card started it's journey pert near my house.  It's taking the scenic route to get there.  Can you guess who the carrier is?  You would think some "sort" of exception would be made on routes like this, but I guess a system is a system, right?

 


Aug 1, 2007  8:20 PM

At dest sort facility  

DALLAS, TX

 

  4:05 PM

In transit  

MEMPHIS, TN

 

  3:53 PM

Departed FedEx location  

MEMPHIS, TN

 

  10:53 AM

Arrived at FedEx location  

MEMPHIS, TN

 

Jul 31, 2007  11:21 PM

Departed FedEx location  

FORT WORTH, TX

 

  10:15 PM

Arrived at FedEx location  

FORT WORTH, TX

 

  10:04 PM

Left origin  

FT WORTH, TX

 

  1:05 PM

Picked up  

FT WORTH, TX

 

  11:17 AM

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  • nice! For what its worth, EGL (Eagle) isn't any better. We had some SCSI drives shipping to us from Grand Prarie (to North Dallas) and they managed to go from GP, to Phoenix, then Houston then Dallas.

  • If you'd like to see the FedEx hub and spoke in action and explained check out the link.

    http://news.van.fedex.com/inside?v=3689

  • I once ordered a 42" plasma TV from Dell.  According to the shipping log it went by truck from Breaker Lane in Austin to the Austin airport.  Then it flew to Atlanta and turned around and flew back to DFW in Dallas.  From there it took a truck to Temple which is about 60 miles north of Austin and 120 miles south of Dallas.

  • HA!  Now I don't feel so bad for my tiny SIM.  I woould however be pretty upset my plasma was being shipped that way.  Sometimes what we don't know won't hurt us.