If you are of a certain age, you will remember a television commercial for Chevrolet vehicles that had a theme song, See the USA in your Chevrolet. Let me tell you about some shirts that are seeing the USA.
Do you track your shipments of online orders? Sometimes I do, but usually I just look at the date for delivery and expect the item to show up on that date. Recently a few glitches have made me more conscious of the promised date of delivery versus the actual date of delivery so I check on my orders. Two Target orders have given me pause to ponder, especially those forementioned shirts.
Our four-year old oscillating fan died a couple of weeks ago so Terry went online to Target and ordered its replacement. The promised delivery date came and went so I started tracking the fan. The first place I found it, a day after the promised delivery date, was South San Francisco. Okay, that’s three hours west from us. Maybe the next day delivery? No. A day later, when it wasn’t delivered, I checked again to find it had stayed overnight in South SF and then moved to Tracy, which is north of us, about two hours away. I have no idea what the fan did, but it must have had a good time as it was in Tracy for three days. Maybe it needed rest. Later Wednesday afternoon the FedEx driver delivered the box, a week after it was ordered.
All of this made me wonder about some polo shirts I ordered from Target. Where were they in their almost 10-day promised delivery date? Pennsylvania. Two stops in Pennsylvania–Lewisberry and Swatara. Made a stop in Toledo Ohio and then on to Illinois. The shirts must like Illinois. A couple of days wandering around–Chicago, Countryside, and Willowsbrook. And then began a long, boring drive across country with stops in, I’m not kidding because I looked all these places up on Google Maps, the middle of no where. Neosha Kansas which is a county. Vaughn New Mexico which is just a road way. Seligman Arizona, again just a wide open road. What did the shirts do in these places? They are brightly colored so maybe they got out and added some color to the landscape.
As of today, Thursday morning, the shirts are sitting in Bakersfield California, a two hour drive from Fresno. How long do you think it will be before they arrive at my door? Oh, they better have some good stories.