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October 12, 2009

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Milbarge

It's probably because UPS has a massive hub in Louisville. Amazon and many other businesses actually keep a lot of stock in Louisville, and the order is filled there. So your package probably didn't "go[] to Kentucky first," it probably started from there on its way to you.

John McPhee wrote a typically brilliant New Yorker article about this UPS hub a few years ago: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/04/18/050418fa_fact_mcphee

Tung Yin

Hmm, that would make sense, but this is even more weird -- now Amazon shows:

October 12, 2009 04:00:00 PM PORTLAND OR US Arrival Scan
October 12, 2009 03:59:00 PM LOUISVILLE KY US Departure Scan

Wow, does Amazon have a "Star Trek" transporter or something? I mean, getting from Kentucky to Portland in just 1 minute!

(I guess this means it never actually went to Kentucky.)

Nick

I, too, believe all packages go through hubs for, say, FedEx and UPS. It's actually faster portal to portal, apparently, to bring them (or as Milbarge says) already have them (called "insourcing" I believe) in one place, and then most efficiently dispatch them around the country.

As for the "one minute miracle" I'm assuming those are local times, and that it was probably a three hour trip.

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