Waited to ship a case of older Mondavi Res, Plumpjack and Pride Cabs from NY as soon as the national high temp map looked good on 9/30.
The original delivery date was this Thursday as well as per the email showing the box scanned in Kansas a couple of days ago.
Today, the box is sitting in AZ in 92 degrees, plus it will take another week to get it to SF!
The FedEx rep and supervisor had one excuse, too high a volume now.
Chaotic, a company in over its head, delivery off by 100% and rerouting from KS to thru AZ not directly to Sacramento is a mystery which will no doubt ruin the case!
I suggest we all use any other common carrier for the foreseeable future.
It’s not just cross country, shipments from California to Portland are silly too. It was bad in spring but even worse now. What used to be 2 days ground from Bay Area to PDX is now completely unpredictable, likely taking over a week. Portland subreddit is full of screen captures showing packages doing crazy stuff for weeks at the local distrution hub. I’m very afraid for my fall shipments.
Combined with issues from the retailers themselves, it’s a sign for me to wind down purchases for a while. Two well respected retailers often discussed on this board have royally screwed up recently. One agreed to ship last Monday and didn’t, then said Tuesday, then informed me today they want to ship Friday. That’s only half my pending bottles from them, and they couldn’t deliver me accurate records of my purchases.
I’m in CA and just order from CA so I don’t need to worry about shipping. I’ve always has wonderful experiences with GSO, although my last shipment took 2 days instead of one, which I don’t think it that bad.
By contrast, I shipped some, uh, lava lamps from Texas to Florida overnight air morning delivery UPS and they showed up on time. I also ordered some stuff from REI, it shipped next day, arrival three business days later. So maybe all is not lost.
Used Fed Ex last week for a wine shipment, Boston to Minnesota. Was quoted 4 day delivery and that was exactly what happened- worked perfectly. I’m sure volumes on the coasts are higher, so maybe location/geography dependent?