UPS - Something Good to Say About America

Having worked for the Post Office as my very first full time job when leaving school, I have never really had a good word to say about them since. I know what goes on behind the lines and the naughty bits that have and continue to affect peoples' private and personal messages and goods being sent.

The amount of post that have decided to 'go missing' since moving to Bulgaria has been ridiculous. In my first year here living in my village there have been at least 20 letters and packages that have never turned up. I know for a fact that at least that number haven't arrived at at UK and other country destinations during that period. Since then of course I just don't use the postal service unless there is no other alternative, at least not the National postal services that are on offer. Even this month I have had my books from my publisher not arriving and then there's Galia's Christmas present through mail order off eBay still not arrived after one month! Money we can ill afford to loose. It is disheartening to know that someone somewhere has possession of these items, they just don't get lost they get stolen!

Anyway, one company that hasn't let me down is the UPS a USA owned Parcel Delivery Company, well there's one good thing about the USA I can now say is good. It electronically tracks and gives the whereabouts of parcels at each point of delivery which you can see online. It can't get lost that's for sure.

I had ordered 100 copies of my recently published book and decided on using UPS to delivery with this system in place. I couldn't afford to lose more revenue for packages 'going missing'.

This is the current report I saw a few minutes ago:

Package Progress

Location Date Local Time Description

SOFIA, BG 12/16/2008 4:15 A.M. DESTINATION SCAN

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA 12/15/2008 10:20 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
12/15/2008 7:00 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN

GHIRODA, ROMANIA 12/12/2008 7:00 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
12/12/2008 6:20 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN

VECSES, HUNGRY 12/12/2008 2:19 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
12/12/2008 4:31 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN

VIENNA, AUSTRIA 12/11/2008 11:00 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN

NURNBERG, DENMARK 12/10/2008 9:05 P.M. EXPORT SCAN

BARKING, GB 12/08/2008 10:31 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN

NEWHAVEN, EAST SUSSEX, GB 12/08/2008 8:33 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
12/08/2008 7:02 P.M.

ORIGIN SCAN GB 12/08/2008 11:53 A.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED

It is due to be delivered tomorrow - 17th December, which is the day they predicted it will arrived on the first day. It is quite amazing how many countries the books had travelled through to get to my town of Yambol in Bulgaria.

From now on UPS will be my choice of parcel delivery, I don't think I'll bother with letters anymore! Thank God for e-mail...







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