Mobile Shipping Villages?

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by MassWineGuy, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    I read the latest UPS news on this site and one story mentioned UPS setting up "mobile shipping villages." Can any of our colleagues on the brown side furnish more information about this?
     
  2. Shifting Contents

    Shifting Contents Most Help Needed

    I don't know OFFICIALLY, but I know one of our hubs built a temp center out of modular trailers that is taking 3 zip codes from the nearby major metro area. I believe this is what they are referring to.
     
  3. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    Sounds very interesting and promising to me. Both our companies better be thinking outside of the box a bit more this year. I think charging more to ship things the closer to Christmas companies ship could encourage them not to promise Christmas delivery for orders made through Dec. 23rd.
     
  4. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    I've seen a lot of customers that promise the moon on a silver platter type delivery as late as December 23rd. They think there's some kind of magic involved.
     
  5. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    One thing we were told is that we WILL cut off Amazon and other shippers if the system starts to hit max capacity leading up to xmas... One of the reasons that you will probably see a push retailers this year for earlier sales. Probably won't work, and holiday failures will become part of the norm, kinda like a lottery, maybe you'll get your stuff, maybe you won't..
     
  6. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    Most people believe it is magic, that the packages deliver themselves. Few stop to think that it comes down to a dedicated person driving a truck.
     
  7. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Oh really. Just ONE dedicated person to deliver a package across the country?
     
  8. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    Don't you believe in Santa Claus?
     
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  9. Route 66

    Route 66 Flacid Member

    well, let's say it comes down to several disgruntled persons driving trucks and vans.

    ahhh, the magic!!!
     
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  10. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    Well that would be nice and maybe people would get the hint, you snooze, you lose but FedEx will most likely give in especially if UPS does too.

    Personally, I think they're saying this to sugar-coat the horrible situation they've gotten themselves into in the last several peak seasons.
     
  11. TheJackal

    TheJackal Active Member

    I don't care who told you this. The FedEx hierarchy will never admit we can't handle whatever amount is thrown at us.
    Picture this conversation, which will never happen:
    FedEx: Sorry, you're shipping way to much. We have to cut you off for today.
    Amazon: No problem, I'm sure UPS will be MORE than happy to take the work.
     
  12. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Uh from what I understand fedex does this every year.
     
  13. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    We do. Pretty common knowledge.
     
  14. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    Of course FedEx can handle any volume. Just look how well it did during the last UPS strike.
     
  15. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Wut?
     
  16. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    He has to be joking.
     
  17. Shifting Contents

    Shifting Contents Most Help Needed

    Well, The last time ups went on strike the only thing we got that hasn't been given back in subsequent contracts was FEDEX Ground.
     
  18. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    Yes, I was joking. Both FedEx and the USPS were totally overwhelmed and unable to handle the volume efficienly.
     
  19. hypo hanna

    hypo hanna Well-Known Member

    Effeciently? Hell we couldn't handle it at all. That was the craziest two weeks of my 30 years at this nuthouse.
    Funny thing is, I wanted to see ups strike again on this last contract. Watch fedex try and absorb that volume with the workforce they have today.
     
  20. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    With PAS/EDD UPS would have been able to hire replacement workers and get the packages delivered, albeit at a much slower pace and with much less work on the cars.