December 09, 2017

Still Surfing the Cardboard Tsunami

So...

A short time ago Amazon, unhappy that they couldn't convince delivery companies to deliver their parcels at a loss, decided that they were never going to use UPS (or that other company) again and they were going to burry the delivery industry with their new delivery service.

As I understand it, Amazon was QUITE emphatic and eloquent in conveying the message to the shipping companies that such services would not be required this year. Thus management adjusted staffing accordingly.

Imagine our shock when Amazon packages started arriving right after Thanksgiving...en masse. It seems that delivering packages is hard and the stress and vexation of this realization is causing Amazon's newly minted employees to meet the challenge...poorly. Some have responded by going mad, or bad, or worse and some have simply cried desperately for help.

Anyway...it's been an exciting couple of weeks (and weekends too, because "OMG!"). I've worked here 25 years, and there have been some rough Christmas seasons, but this one has been a perfect storm of surprises and discoveries such as "Oh...so THAT'S the structural failure point for that type of platform."

But enough childish whining about actually being employed and getting paid lots of sweet overtime, here are some virtual ladies who manage to evoke the spirit of the season in a rather minimalist sort of way, even as they dance  to lyrics that...don't.

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Posted by: Mauser at Sat Dec 9 19:26:38 2017 (Ix1l6)

2 I just did a quick count. In the last month, I've had 15 deliveries from Amazon (Merry Christmas!): 1 from UPS, 5 from Ontrac and 9 from USPS. I've never seen an Amazon-branded delivery truck around Silicon Valley, so I don't think they've really rolled this out nationwide. That suggests that they weren't ready for a divorce, they just wanted the occasional side piece.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Sun Dec 10 20:50:58 2017 (tgyIO)

3 I haven't seen an Amazon truck but in the last year I've had 2 or 3 Amazon orders delivered by a guy in a car, and I think the shipping method listed was AMZL.

Posted by: Rick C at Mon Dec 11 13:50:49 2017 (gGzl5)

4 All but the biggest items I order from Amazon come through USPS, these days. Rarely see Brown or FedEx anymore.

Posted by: Ben at Tue Dec 12 12:00:45 2017 (ee6LA)

5 There aren't any Amazon-branded trucks in my area either, but a number of parcels is getting delivered by completely random people. Some drive U-haul or Penske trucks, some are dressed in the brown UPS-like uniform, some come in their own vehicles - and any kind of permutation occurs. I suspect Amazon has created some kind of Uber for delivery and exploits the heck out of these contractors. What's interesting, USPS relies on these contractors too, but they always carry just a leeeeeetle white-red-blue on their vehicles and attire.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Sat Dec 16 23:58:12 2017 (LZ7Bg)

6 I recently ordered a number of items from Amazon, and live in Northern VA, so you may be handling some of my packages over the coming days.  Hope none of them cause you any problems...

Posted by: Siergen at Tue Dec 19 16:06:17 2017 (7W7BZ)

7 I retract some of my previous observations. Today, genuine employees of BOTH FedEx and UPS visited, the FedEx guy drove up in a U-haul truck and the UPS guy in a Penske truck! Moreover, UPS had a contractor girl (two person in a truck). The driver went to deliver to neighbours and the girl brought a parcel to us. Neither of the two was with the rumored Amazon's owned service.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed Dec 20 16:22:43 2017 (LZ7Bg)

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