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RE: Gene's catalog

Donna, when I worked for that rebar company, I had to ship crates and
pallets all the time.  I found DHL the best for that in the states.  

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:48 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Gene's catalog

oh my.... 

I do not pay to have anyone pick up a package.. they are there daily
delivering something, so they check the shelf and take anything there with

Watch when you are doing the on-line labels... there is this little box that
says 'check if residential'-- there are two rates, depends on where the
package is going to end up. You can quote the shipping wrong by not checking
that box and they will bill you later for the extra 'residential' fee.

Everything you need is on their site- you can download all the manuals,
pricing zones, everything in a pdf file.

Disclaimer... I don't work for them or have any special interest... we just
happen to use them for small shipments.

Anyone want to discuss pallets of stuff to be shipped- now that is a pain in
... well you all know where!...
and we don't use UPS for that... DHL freight.

who probably should have read all the messages before hitting reply, but
doubt I will get thru them tonight!

--- Gene Bush <genebush@otherside.com> wrote:

> There are all kinds of hidden costs with UPS.
>     We seem to be finding them out as we go along.
> There are now instruction
> sheets or operating manual from the company.... just sales persons 
> word and instructions.
>     Part misunderstanding... we were immediately set up for scheduled 
> pickup by our UPS deliver person. That little misunderstanding cost us 
> $16 a week.
> We did a trial run of 5 parcels... then nothing for the rest of the 
> month until we ordered boxes. Those 4 weeks cost us $64.
> If you call the driver on
> his cell phone... not all will have one.... ours does... it cost you 
> nothing for them to be picked up.
>     If you do not use their services a certain amount you will pay a 
> higher rate. Just found that one out from the driver... not the sales 
> people. If you are a small business watching your costs...it is our 
> customers who ultimately pay shipping costs and we have to stay 
> competitive to stay in business.
>     But, then, JoAn tells me that they, in all honesty, never said 
> they were cheaper. Just better.
>     Postal Service does not have their own transportation and must 
> rent or pay for outsourcing. Lots of security stuff involved in that 
> one aspect...
> meaning it is easy for a parcel to go into limbo for weeks and show up 
> like nothing ever happened... even with deliver confirmation. Also 
> there is not penalty for them not making a deliver on time...
> just sorry about that... so
> they do not have as much at stake and the service shows it.
>     We are going with ups for several reasons....
> one being software
> integration is possible on data bases.
> Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
> > Hum, must be cause you are in a rural area. We use
> UPS at work all the
> > time.
> > I applied on line, print out my shipping labels
> via the internet/pc. Heck
> > they even provide the blank labels free of charge
> (ok, it is in the price
> > of
> > the service).
> >
> > I find them much easier to deal with than some of
> the other shippers.
> >
> > Donna
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