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My five year old DVD player has been misbehaving recently and this provided the excuse I needed to upgrade to a Blu-Ray player. I spent a couple of days researching the latest models on the market and then ordered my choice from a leading UK based internet retailer.

I checked back the next day to confirm that the order had been processed and found that the player had been despatched. When I checked the package tracking information I saw this:

Location Date Local Time Description
CRAWLEY,
GB
09/04/2008 6:46 A.M. OUT FOR DELIVERY
  09/04/2008 6:46 A.M. IMPORT SCAN
STANSTED AIRPORT,
GB
09/04/2008 3:36 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
KOELN (COLOGNE),
DE
09/04/2008 3:34 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
  09/04/2008 3:23 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
KOELN (COLOGNE),
DE
09/03/2008 11:58 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
ROISSY, PARIS,
FR
09/03/2008 10:51 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
CHILLY MAZARIN, PARI,
FR
09/03/2008 3:04 P.M. EXPORT SCAN
  09/03/2008 3:04 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN
FR 09/03/2008 1:53 P.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED

The package was delivered at 9:45AM the same day, 4 September 2008. So, in less than 24 hours the package had been despatched from Paris, sent by air to Cologne, then onto Stansted by air, then by road to Crawley, and was delivered by a UPS van a couple of hours later.

I’m impressed and appalled at the same time. Impressed at the logistics of moving a DVD player from Paris via Cologne to my home in 20 hours and appalled at the carbon footprint this implies.

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Written by Sea Monkey

September 4, 2008 at 10:27 am

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