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Old 12-06-2014
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Default UPS shipping? Fed EX?

Ever received anything by UPS or shipped anything through UPS?

Live fish of course.

What was your experience.

I have someone that live too far from an airport and they are not liking the flight arrival times. Puts them getting home late.

And USPS doesn't offer overnight to their address. Its a big box and I really dont want to ship 2 day service p north in cold weather.

Have you ever shipped UPS?

Thoughts?

Are you certified to ship fed ex? or do you just ship anyway under the radar?

Seems like its a hassle to ship Fed Ex.

Those that do ship Fed EX, How?

John
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I have been working at UPS here in California for over 25 years. I work with overgoods and address corrections as well as other computer/data capture services.

I would never ever ever ship live fish through any of our facilities. Packages are moved on conveyor belts on at very fast pace. Belts get jammed and choked full of parcels. I would not ship fish. Next day air is really two days for the most part, plus it's quite expensive.
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ive used usps over night dozens of time and only had one failure. pretty much overall very successful 90% of the time they arrive safely
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I just received an order from pkut shipped two days through usps everything was fine and it's cold here in indy.
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I shipped fish overnight for years. Very few problems. I quit using them because the rates were very, very high
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Sorry. I am talking about UPS
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Yeah, thanks guys.

I have shipped USPS and Air Cargo many times. Both have been very successful.

In this case, only 2 day USPS service is available to the destination.

And the Delta arrival times are not that great. Puts the person getting home late.

If the order was smaller, Id ship 2day, but it is not and I'm unwilling to ship an order of this size in cold weather over two days. Its just not worth it.

I will note that I have sent some trophs out 2 day and they were in the bags for 60 hours.... 100% survival. But it was a small box of only a few fish in trade, I prepped and packed the fish well, and the weather was warmer.

Anyway, I think in this particular scenario, Im going to drop them off at the Airport late the night before. I know the warehouse guys up there pretty well and they are going to keep the box in the office where it is heated.

This way they can catch the 5:40am flight the next morning and still abide by deltas 2 hour prior to departure check in rules.

No money wasted on DASH service, the box will get to him early in the day, and its no longer in the bags than USPS overnight.

The only kicker is that instead of dropping the box off at the airport in the morning on my way to work... I'll have to get off work, drive all the way home, pack the fish, and drive all the way back to the airport and then back home.

But I think that's the best for the fish and that's what I'm most interested in.

It should be noted, when you buy fish and have them shipped to you, your getting allot more than fish... its a lot of logistics, thought, emails, care, hard work, early mornings, gasoline.... At least from those of us that really care about the end results.

It is soooo much easier to receive fish than it is to ship them...it can be frustrating! lol But I will admit... It's pretty cool when you get that text or call letting you know that everything got there safe and sound and you can tell the person is really happy.

I know how much this hobby excites me and I like sharing that excitement with others.

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FYI- Not sure if this all Delta Facilities but the one time I dropped them off the night before without asking, they told me never again as they don't allow night before drop offs.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the heads up, I guess I'll have to call to make sure.
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Thanks for the heads up, I guess I'll have to call to make sure.
NP, my pleasure. Would hate for you to make that trip for no reason and stress the fish more than they need.

Be careful though. I thought it was okay to do because of the Phone reps. Lol
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