Proximity to sorting center, faster delivery?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by darkgremio, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. darkgremio macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2011
    If Apple chooses UPS as there shipping provider for the Apple Watch (Hopefully because they used them for the iPhone release.) Will I get my item sooner if I live in close proximity to Louisville, KY. since that's the main UPS air hub?

    My sorting facility is the next one after Louisville. So it takes a package to go through Louisville, then Bowling Green and its on the truck for delivery. Can anyone confirm this will cut down in transit time?

  2. MattXDA macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2014
    Usually the driver goes furthest away first and ends up closest to the depot at the end of the day, or so I've heard!
  3. Mobster1983 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2011
    It will not if you are in the initial group for April 24 delivery. In that case, UPS/FEDEX arrange their delivery schedules so the items are delivered on a certain day, meaning packages that have to travel farther are shipped out earlier.

    In normal delivery, yes, you will probably get it a day or two earlier. I am in Hawaii and hate watching deliveries literally fly over my island, 7,000 miles past it to Kentucky, then have to wait for it to come back. But for Apple products this has not really led to any delayed deliveries for me.
  4. darkgremio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2011
    Not quite worried about delivery time per se, mostly transit times in the UPS system. I should of put faster transit in the thread title, sorry.

    I'm in the first wave of orders (4/24-05/08)
  5. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Let's have a big round of applause for this year's incoming WackoTrackos!

  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    First of all, no deliveries will be made before the launch date, so if your watch is in the batch that is to be delivered on April 24, it doesn't matter where you are, you'll get it on the 24th.

    If you are in a batch to be delivered sometimes after April 24th, well... It's not like delivery trucks go directly from the main hub to individual customers. There's at least one more stop along the way, from main hub to regional distribution center.

    To give a specific example, I live in NYC. UPS shipments from China arrive in Kentucky hub early in the morning of the delivery date (like 3-6 am), then get on a truck to Pennsylvania / New Jersey, then get on a delivery truck that makes the rounds of NYC. So I get them later in the day it arrived in Kentucky.

    A package on the same flight from China going to somewhere in Kentucky also gets put on a truck to a distribution center in Kentucky, where it gets put on local delivery trucks. So a person living in Kentucky gets his package the same day as a person in NYC, give or take a few hours.
  7. darkgremio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2011
  8. djuzi macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2013
    I hope we have the option to pick up from the sorting center on delivery day like I have before with iPhones.

    Then I can get pick up my watch at 8 AM rather than sitting around until sometimes 8PM for delivery :D
  9. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA

    This is definitely true. My delivery guy for UPS Comes around 7-8pm.
    The shipping center is 1 min away from my home.
  10. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2007
    Kauai, HI
    I am on Kauai and I agree how painful it is to know how much further they shipped them. It hurts MORE to see it sit in Honolulu overnight.
  11. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

    Mr Rabbit

    May 13, 2013
    I live in Louisville (UPS shipping hub) and have always received my pre-orders on the launch date, usually around late morning / early afternoon.

    I might be receiving them an hour or so before folks in Michigan, Nebraska, wherever but I'm sure it's not a significant difference.
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Hmmm, for regular deliveries, I'm sure that's the case. Launch day deliveries of Apple products get treated as if they were priority shipping. I know I've often watched my iPhones and iPads land in Kentucky and get delivered later the same day in NYC.

    It will be interesting how watch deliveries are treated after the 24th. I'm in the May 13-27 batch, so I'll see.
  13. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    What about this one?

  14. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2014
    i believe apple would probably use air shipping for at least the first wave of shipping. there will barely be any difference
  15. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Even if it gets there before the 24th, it will be held until then. Apple tells the delivery companies to hold launch product deliveries until the launch date.

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