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Re: Plant disaster/ups versus usps

With the cost of gas going up, up, up getting it there faster is going to
become even more of a problem.

David Franzman
A Touch of the Tropics
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 1:55 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plant disaster/ups versus usps

> DF: Hmmm...sounds like a saavy entrepreneur has a ready made market in
> you mail-order nursery folks...a niche needing to be filled, so to
> speak. Too bad you all as a group couldn't find some way of enticing one
> of the giants to cooperate a little more when shipping live plants is
> involved.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Mon 05/17, David Franzman < dfranzma@pacbell.net > wrote:
> From: David Franzman [mailto: dfranzma@pacbell.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 20:28:29 -0700
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plant disaster/ups versus usps
> Aurali<br><br>I'm dealing with the same problem more or less with my
> business. You see<br>UPS doesn't deliver on Saturdays so the packages I
> send east of the<br>Mississippi take seven days to arrive instead of
> five or six. They have to<br>sit someplace over the weekend. Sending by
> air is absolutely out of the<br>question. Recently I sent two packages
> by ground the total bill for<br>shipping was $60. If I had sent them by
> air it would have been well over<br>$200. How can I ask a customer to
> pay $200 for freight? On the other hand<br>USPS does deliver on
> Saturdays but they are more expensive and then you end<br>up with the
> same problem that you are describing. USPS simply isn't really<br>geared
> for shipping large boxes. Fed Ex. ground? You might as well put it<br>in
> a blender first before sending. That company is the worst for
> ground<br>service.<br><br>So, I understand your disappointment but I
> have a new found empathy for some<br>of these companies who send out a
> nice product only to have it butchered by<br>the shipping
> companies.<br><br>David Franzman<br>A Touch of the
> Tropics<br>www.atouchofthetropics.net<br>----- Original Message -----
> <br>From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net><br>To:
> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 5:44 PM<br>Subject:
> RE: [CHAT] Plant disaster<br><br><br>> I can't blame you for venting.
> Anyone who ships plants must know that<br>> weather conditions and
> delays can wreak havoc on plants. I sure hope they<br>> can find a quick
> remedy for you, Auralie.<br>><br>> Blessings,<br>> Bonnie (SW OH - zone
> 5)<br>><br>> -----Original Message-----<br>> From:
> owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]
> On<br>Behalf<br>> Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com<br>> Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004
> 10:32 AM<br>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Subject: [CHAT] Plant
> disaster<br>><br>> In early April I ordered many miniature roses from
> Nor'East for a<br>> Horticulture School I will be running next week. We
> are having a speaker<br>on<br>> the topic and<br>> wanted to have p
> lants to demonstrate and judge. I was disturbed to find<br>> that<br>>
> they are no longer in the north east but in California. Then I was
> told<br>> that<br>> they couldn't ship until the middle of May, but they
> assured me that they<br>> would be here in time for the school. Well,
> they arrived at the post<br>office<br>> on<br>> Friday, but the post
> office doesn't deliver packages up my road so they<br>left<br>> a<br>>
> notice that we could pick up the package the next day. The next
> day,<br>being<br>> Saturday, we were both tied up with the Lasdon plant
> sale and unable to<br>get<br>> to<br>> the post office, which by the way
> is not at all near us. There are three<br>> nearer, but for packages we
> have to go in to Peekskill and struggle with<br>> difficult<br>> traffic
> and parking. When I got the package this morning and opened it I<br>>
> was<br>> just sick. All the leaves have fallen off the plants. It was
> hot over<br>the<br>><br>> weekend and I guess they just cooked. Only
> three of the 18 plants look<br>any<br>> way<br>> like they might make
> it. I'm sure I can nurse some of the others back in<br>> due<br>>
> course, but not by next week. And what will I do with all these roses -
> I<br>> had expected my club members to buy most of them, but I can't ask
> them to<br>> pay<br>> for these bare sticks.<br>> If they had used UPS
> or FedEx there would have been no problem - just the<br>> !@#) post
> office. Since there is a three hour time difference, I will<br>wait<br>>
> until<br>> 11:00 to call them, but I really intend to protest
> strongly.<br>> Thanks for letting me vent.<br>> Aurali<br>><br>>
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