Can they really be THAT inefficient?

It is the morning of September 9th, 2010.  For the last week I have been tracking a package’s progress on UPS.com – they make a big deal that you can do that.  So when Intel sent me an e-mail that my replacement motherboard had been shipped, I was glad that I could get on-line and watch it go north.  Little did I know…

I was happy this morning to see that the package has arrived in Mississauga, Ontario – that’s where my office is, which means it has likely been on its last airplane.  With that being said, if there was a Frequent Flier program for UPS, this package would be eligible for free flights already. 

‘As the crow flies’ the distance from Louisville, Kentucky to Mississauga, Ontario is 471 miles.  Of course I wouldn’t expect a direct route… but I would NEVER have expected this!  The route taken from source to destination:

Louisville – Philadelphia – East Midlands (Nottingham, England) – Philadelphia – Louisville – East Midlands – Louisville – Philadelphia – East Midlands – Philadelphia – Louisville – Mississauga

So:

  • Louisville – Philadelphia: 575 miles
  • Philadelphia – Nottingham: 3476 miles
  • Nottingham – Philadelphia: 3476 miles
  • Philadelphia – Louisville: 575 miles
  • Louisville – Nottingham: 3969 miles
  • Nottingham – Louisville: 3969 miles
  • Louisville – Philadelphia: 575 miles
  • Philadelphia – Nottingham: 3476 miles
  • Nottingham – Philadelphia: 3476 miles
  • Philadelphia – Louisville: 575 miles
  • Louisville – Mississauga: 471 miles

By my math, that adds up to 24,613 miles, and 11 flight segments.  With Air Canada’s Aeroplan program my motherboard would be 387 miles short of Prestige Level.  With that inefficiency I would expect the UPS truck to deliver it from Mississauga (Pearson Int’l Airport) to my office in Mississauga through Calgary… four times.

…at least I’m not at home waiting for it to arrive! :)

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