[NAFEX] USPS shipping efficiency
breen at fedcoseeds.com
Wed Feb 23 19:57:50 EST 2005
My small experience with budwood and semi-lignified cuttings makes me a firm believer in next day air
or similar shipping. In terms of weekend issues, the USPS is the only way to go. Although they do not
garuntee that your package will stay cold, they do garuntee it will not freeze. UPS does not! Anything
shipped UPS WILL sit on a dock all weekend, and maybe freeze. I have seen this three years in a row
with rootstock and learned my lesson. Always ship early in the week (MONDAY!) and 3 day select at
least for any distance if UPS. Proirity can be as many as 5 and sometimes 7 days if going from the
east coast past Denver. The ADC (distribution center for USPS) there is notoriously slow and you can
add an extra day. The areas of NM UT and AZ are very difficult to Priority in less than 3 days. I have
had packages take 9 days to these areas.
Scionwood is all good with three day delivery, Select or Priority. Any longer and I would make sure
any cut ends had been sealed with wax right after cutting. Sorry if this seems my writing style is
quick tonight, busy time of year!
Forgive the lack of literary graces,
Zone 4 Maine
On Wed Feb 23 15:49 , 'Bruce Wittchen' <herenorthere at lycos.com> sent:
>Tanis asked if Priority Mail shipped late in the week is going to sit in a warehouse on Sunday & any
holiday. My answer reply is that Priority Mail can keep moving on Sunday. My preferred day for
shipping is Saturday. But that's only because I have a nearby PO that gets its packages into the
system if dropped off before noon. Priority Mail I send Saturday almost always arrives in Monday's
delivery in the lower 48, except in southern Oregon. Monday shipments seem to take three days more
frequently. But I know of others who find priority mail dropped off on Saturday arrives no sooner
than packages mailed on Monday. Maybe it depends on the local PO. As to whether it matters whether
plant material is delivered in two days instead of three days; I've never noticed any difference. But
I've never tried shipping or receiving leafy budwood or anything like that.
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