FedEx Delivers – Has This Ever Happened To You?

I work from home. Today is a writing day, I am happily typing away and I get this email:

FedEx Shipment XXXXXXXX27 Delivered

This email was sent from an unattended mailbox.

Our records indicate that the following shipment has been delivered:

This report was generated at approximately 12:59 PM CDT
on 08/27/2008.

I am sitting in my house and I get an email telling me my package is on my front porch? Seriously? Sure enough I go downstairs and there is my 10 lbs of pasta. Delivered.

Whatever happened to the doorbell?  My unattended mailbox is sending me an email?

I have to say this company had over the top follow up; thank you for your order, your order is now in the box, now we are adding some packing peanuts, oh the truck is here, goody we get to put your box on the truck, the truck driver has stopped to pee, oh we are now entering your state, your box is coming to you soon, we just found your cute little town!!

to the email I get today….

I don’t know I kindof like the old fashioned way where I get to see if the FedEx driver is cute or not.

I have to explain why I ordered 10 lbs of pasta, I appreciate a particular brand and for the life of me I could not get any of my three local stores to carry all that this brand has to offer. I want spinach, whole wheat and mixed vegetable pasta, How hard is that?  I found one italian deli – very far away, but they too didn’t always carry all that I wanted. Finally I found a place in Pennsylvania and for $9 to ship I got all that I need and want for several months. Probably not  the greenest approach.  However it’s the most effecient use of my time and I get to be the food snob that I am in the privacy of my own home. Emails from my unattended mailbox and all


shiny happy fedex delivery truck flickr image

Karen Hanrahan ~ Wellness Educator/Nutritional Consultant/Blog Author
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12 Responses to FedEx Delivers – Has This Ever Happened To You?

  1. Karen J. says:

    Hi Karen!I’m sure that it’s someone’s idea of “cost-cutting” by “time-saving” – The drivers no longer have to wait for you to come down, risk a bit of conversation, and sign their silly computer. My mailman hasn’t rung the bell, except for “signature required” packages, in ages either!Another horrid example of “outsourcing Customer Service to the customer”!~~~Sorry I’m so grouchy ~Hope the Blessings come back around!Bright Blessings to you (and me!)Karen J.

  2. Karen Hanrahan says:

    Hey Karen J – don’t be grouchy, I am right there with you, I long for the days of pen and paper and stationary. I loved writing and receiving letters! I guess I don’t get many packages, somehow missed when it got less personal

  3. Lori Friedman says:

    Karen,I miss seeing the FedEx or UPS guy – They were always friendly and sometimes really cute!! (especially in shorts – ha!)And I liked signing my name with an actual pen instead of the wierd inkless thing they use now – you can’t recognize your own signature. AND I miss getting actual handwritten letters – emails are quicker, but nothing like a handwritten note.Bah humbugLori

  4. Karen Hanrahan says:

    I do too!! I miss all of those things!

  5. nadine sellers says:

    Green?, let’s consider the objective here.much of what is randomly purchased in the nearest supermarket has also come from some distance. and then travels home by way of several grocery and errand stops plus the occasional treat, the visual impulse buy and some frivolous junk to boot.Now focus on the selective purchase of fewer quality items, sure to please, the lack of your displacement, the conscious choice of product and the intrinsic appreciation of it. there you have indeed had a neutral footprint on the mileage.so if you must, save on other items and realize that each consumer would benefit by using focus. and may catch a glimpse of that fed-ex creature who drops the goodies incognito.

  6. Karen Hanrahan says:

    It’s so true what you say.  I have stopped impulse purchasing simply by not going to the store – duh, that’s a novel thought! Not common unfortunately

  7. Karen says:

    LOL! Happens all the time. My husband gets packages delivered all the time for his home business and will sometimes open the door for a breath of fresh air only to find the door blocked by Fedex boxes.

  8. Karen Hanrahan says:

    I guess i missed the shift from doorbell to porch dumping, and getting an email from my unattended mailbox kust floored me! Thanks for commenting!

  9. I miss those times too. But I can’t blame the company either.

  10. I’m wondering if this has to do with some FedEx delivery policy to lower delivery costs? LOL!:”My husband gets packages delivered all the time for his home business and will sometimes open the door for a breath of fresh air only to find the door blocked by Fedex boxes.”

  11. Karen Hanrahan says:

    Oh I think companies moving forward with technology is the way to go. It’s just weird and this was so unexpected!

  12. Karen Hanrahan says:

    That’s funny!!

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