I suppose there’s a logical reason for this …

… but I don’t see it.

Some years back, Amazon.com sent a package from its (now defunct) Coffeyville warehouse to Wichita, a distance of about 140 miles, by way of Austin, Texas. I didn’t understand that, either.


Nor do I understand this.

4 thoughts on “I suppose there’s a logical reason for this …”

  1. I suppose it’s like those airline flights where you are expected to get to Denver from Chicago with a layover in Atlanta.

    I had a package (it was my giant stuffed horse) ship from Virginia, then go to Hodgkins, Illinois as an “unavoidable delay,” and then finally on to here in Oklahoma. (The box was kind of trashed when it arrived and I wondered if the “unavoidable delay” was checking to be sure what was inside was not lost/damaged before shipping it on). This was sent via UPS (IIRC) and I think UPS has a hub in Hodgkins, but still….

  2. A hub-and-spokes system with too few hubs would account for many strange routings (flights between Wichita and St. Louis often include stops at Chicago or Atlanta), but I still fail to see why the first package, after arriving Thursday in Wichita, was sent on to Lenexa and arrived here a second time before being delivered.

    1. That sounds like misrouting. It could have been worse. I once tried to ship something forty miles here in New Jersey; UPS sent it Phoenix. The kicker is that I sent it via ground, because such a short trip can be done in one day without spending fifty extra bucks on ‘next day air’ or such. This meant that UPS would not ship it back to its correct destination by air, even though they caused the delay – they claim it’s not possible to change the shipping message in transit, even though the package had to be offloaded at its incorrect destination and scanned before somebody noticed that they were about 2800 miles off course.

      UPS has generally been extraordinarily reliable for me so I can’t complain too much, but this was annoying, and I had to send a replacement… which arrived five days before the original.

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