Wednesday, 18 December 2013

09:52 – I’m building chemistry kits today. When I got up at 0645, I had four in stock. I’ve shipped two of those so far this morning. I’ll build another dozen today and hope those’ll hold us for at least a couple days. Then I need to get to work on more forensic kits.

Yesterday, when I handed that replacement kit to Danny, our mailman, I mentioned that the first one had disappeared somewhere between Winston-Salem and the Greensboro sorting facility. He was extremely apologetic, but I told him that I wasn’t at all upset. Losing one out of 500 packages is an acceptable loss rate as far as I’m concerned.

What is strange is that in the last couple of weeks the USPS has apparently changed its definition of “days”. Until a couple of weeks ago, if I shipped a package Priority Mail 2-Day, it’d show the delivery date as two days after the mailing date. Now, although the label still says “Priority Mail 2-Day”, the delivery date is shown as three days after the shipping date. I haven’t shipped any packages lately that show Priority Mail 3-Day, but I assume that they’d in fact take four days. I’m not sure what’s going on.