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jeeves99
Oct 23, 2003, 03:56 PM
Apple is shipping panther from a facility in northern california, at least for the few orders I know of. According to my analysis of the fedex tracking results, Apple was very sneaky and utilized the pre-routing discounts that fedex gives to ensure that everyone gets the package on the 24th.

I'm in san diego and 2-day fedex from northern california takes 1 day usually. Apple realized this and has pre-routed the package from their facility to Oakland to MEMPHIS, TN!! Rather than get the package today as would have happened in a normal shipment, I will have to wait until the 24th for the package to make it back from Memphis.

Sneaky, apple. Very sneaky. Anyone else in california have similar pre-routing on their orders?


My tracking...

Oct 23, 2003
1:55 pm Left FedEx Sort Facility_MEMPHIS TN_

Oct 23, 2003
12:08 am Arrived at FedEx Ramp_ OAKLAND CA_

Oct 22, 2003
11:51 pm Left FedEx Origin Location_RANCHO CORDOVA CA_

Oct 22, 2003
1:03 pm Pickup status_RANCHO CORDOVA CA_
Pre-routed meter pkg picked up_

LimeiBook86
Oct 23, 2003, 04:33 PM
Odd how I already got mine today (10/23/03 delivered around 1:09)

Maybe they are re-routing for faster shipping??

stoid
Oct 23, 2003, 04:33 PM
I'm am in Northwest Missouri, but my tracking detail is nearly identical to yours.

Elan0204
Oct 23, 2003, 05:02 PM
Actually FedEx's main sorting facility is in Memphis, TN. I think all or almost all packages go through that office. I remember once I was sending something to a neighboring town (maybe a 30 minute drive, at most), but I was sending it 3 day to save money. I asked the FedEx pickup person how they would make it take 3 days to get there. He told me that they would send it to Memphis, TN, like they do with all packages, and it would be sent back here for delivery 3 days later. Not the best system, but I guess that is the way FedEx likes it. My point is, however, that Apple has nothing to do with the fact that your package went to Memphis.

Gymnut
Oct 23, 2003, 05:31 PM
I agree, once the package leaves Apple's distribution center, it is in the hands of FedEX and often times its route of travel is not that of straight line. I've tracked numerous items wondering why they've gone back and forth throughout the continental U.S. before finally reaching Hawaii.

Horrortaxi
Oct 23, 2003, 07:13 PM
Elan0204 has it. Unless something has changed in the last few years, anything you send FedEx goes through Memphis. If you overnight something to you next door neighbor it still goes to Memphis.

My order has shipped, but I can't get tracking info yet.

snahabed
Oct 23, 2003, 07:26 PM
I thought this too!

They shipped mine last night from the warehouse to arrive in Baltimore this morning. I Live in DC. I PROBABLY should have gotten it today, but for NO reason, they shipped it from Baltimore NORTH to New Jersey. Ummmm I have NEVER seen that before.

Would it have killed them to deliver it on the 23rd? Sheesh :)

manzanita
Oct 23, 2003, 07:31 PM
It's crazy, I'm practically in Oakland, CA, but my tracking is identical to yours (except the times)... I had thought it might get delivered today, until I saw that in was in Tennessee! :(

KCK
Oct 23, 2003, 07:51 PM
Well I live in Oakland and if Apple had shipped via regular FedEx ground service I would of had my Panther today. Several times in the past when I have ordered something from Apple my purchase has left Sacramento, gotten to Oakland around midnight and then put on a truck about 3 in the morning for delivery to me latter that day.

This time as is has been noted my Panther order got flown to TN only to get back on a plane for Oakland ( according to the tracking my oder has left TN twice.

Craigster
Oct 23, 2003, 08:07 PM
I'm in Sacramento, CA.
Elk Grove is about 10 miles from me.
My tracking number shows it circling in Oakland so far...
Oct 23, 2003
2:53 pm
Arrived at Sort Facility
OAKLAND CA
6:31 am
Arrived at Sort Facility
OAKLAND CA
5:45 am
Arrived at Sort Facility
OAKLAND CA
3:25 am
Left FedEx Ramp
OAKLAND CA

charlesc
Oct 23, 2003, 08:14 PM
Jeeves, what's up? I'm in SD as well, University City specifically, near the 5 and 52 freeways.

I was unable to get any tracking info until around 4:30pm. Here is what I'm getting;

Oct 23, 2003 4:14 pm - Pickup status -
RANCHO CORDOVA CA_- Pre-routed meter pkg picked up_

Only that one entry at 4:14 from Rancho Cordova.....

Does anyone know if we will have to be at the delivery location to sign? I called fedex with this question and they said the entry was too new and they didn't have enough information. They told me to leave a note authorizing this just to be safe, as I will be at work.

One last note. I ordered 10/17 with the edu discount and chose standard ground shipping. Wednesday night I was happy to see the shipping bumped up to 'standard overnight' too! Very cool.

I can't wait for expose when working with multiple photoshop files and golive pages.

Charles

Madgnome
Oct 23, 2003, 08:16 PM
Here's what my Fedex tracking says:
Oct 23, 2003
2:44 pm Held at Sort Facility_MEMPHIS TN_
2:33 pm Left FedEx Sort Facility_MEMPHIS TN_
Oct 22, 2003
10:09 pm Left FedEx Origin Location_CORDOVA TN_
3:34 pm Pickup status_CORDOVA TN_

Held at Sort Facility, hmmm...

I'll be at the Dallas HP Store anyway though.

--Jeff

elliscarson
Oct 23, 2003, 08:20 PM
Look at these details:

Scan Activity
Date/Time
Comments

Pickup status/RANCHO CORDOVA CA
10/23/2003 11:28
_Pre-routed meter pkg picked up

Package status/MONTREAL CA
10/23/2003 00:46
_Released for Delivery

So...my Panther was released for delivery in Montreal, then discovered in California all of a sudden? What happened?

manzanita
Oct 23, 2003, 08:21 PM
Originally posted by charlesc
Does anyone know if we will have to be at the delivery location to sign?

One last note. I ordered 10/17 with the edu discount and chose standard ground shipping. Wednesday night I was happy to see the shipping bumped up to 'standard overnight' too! Very cool.


Yes, mostly likely you will have to sign for it. If you're not there, you'll have to wait 'til Monday.

Apple wants everyone to get it tomorrow as much as possible...

Powerbook G5
Oct 23, 2003, 08:23 PM
Mine has been in TN for two days now. I keep looking back and so far since yesterday it has gone from Cordova, TN, to Memphis, TN...not much of a change at all. I just hope it gets here before 4 pm tomorrow or else the mailroom will be closed and I'd be stuck waiting until next week.

jasylonian
Oct 23, 2003, 08:26 PM
i work in rancho cordova and when i saw the package was there, i was really excited. now it's in memphis and i'm wishing that i had just mission impossibled it while it was still here.

sososowhat
Oct 24, 2003, 01:15 AM
I figured it was just FedEx. Mine's funny: Oakland, CA->Memphis->Oakland, CA

Oct 23, 2003 8:21 pm
Arrived at Sort Facility_OAKLAND CA_
5:36 pm
Left FedEx Sort Facility_MEMPHIS TN_
12:08 am
Arrived at FedEx Ramp_OAKLAND CA_
Oct 22, 2003 11:51 pm
Left FedEx Origin Location_
RANCHO CORDOVA CA_
5:29 pm
Pickup status_
RANCHO CORDOVA CA_

gotohamish
Oct 24, 2003, 04:54 AM
At least you know where it is!

Apple UK have shipped them by parcel post, so it's up to their discretion, and there is no method of tracking the parcel at all!

My Bluetooth adapter shipped on monday, and I got it today, friday. Panther shipped wednesday, but I was told it would be here today. Still, the parcel man hasn't been yet, so fingers crossed.

caveman_uk
Oct 24, 2003, 05:31 AM
Originally posted by gotohamish
At least you know where it is!

Apple UK have shipped them by parcel post, so it's up to their discretion, and there is no method of tracking the parcel at all!

My Bluetooth adapter shipped on monday, and I got it today, friday. Panther shipped wednesday, but I was told it would be here today. Still, the parcel man hasn't been yet, so fingers crossed.
I'm in the same boat. Tracking? I wish.

I'll know where it is when I get it. :(

Actually, since I'm at work today the damn parcel will most likely go back to the depot and I'll have to collect it tomorrow morning...that's if it arrives today

gotohamish
Oct 24, 2003, 06:43 AM
Originally posted by caveman_uk
I'm in the same boat. Tracking? I wish.

I'll know where it is when I get it. :(

Actually, since I'm at work today the damn parcel will most likely go back to the depot and I'll have to collect it tomorrow morning...that's if it arrives today

I'm in today and tomorrow, but the depot here is only about half a mile, so no big deal. I keep running to the door everytime I hear a car door slam. I'm going crazy. I just want to join in the fun... :)

Horrortaxi
Oct 24, 2003, 09:29 AM
Looks like I was wrong about everything going through Memphis. My Panther left Rancho Cordova around 5 last night, went to Oakland, Los Angeles, and is currently in Sun Valley (about 3 miles away).

I won't be home so there will be a note on the door. That should work--FedEd accepted a note for delivery of my iBook so you'd imagine something worth 1/10 of that would get the same treatment.

Giaguara
Oct 24, 2003, 10:36 AM
you guys have too much time to make all those conspiracy theories about apple shipping.

i ordered mine (upgrade) wednesday, logged in 10 minutes ago to see ... and it's open. aww.