UPS is better in tracking information of your package than USPS. USPS does not update their tracking site often, which will leave you wondering where your package is — if it is still on its way or already lost somewhere. UPS, on the other hand, is efficient enough to scan the package in each and every arrival and departure.

I won’t say that UPS is faster than USPS in terms of delivery time. Both are actually slow. When I ordered my Swiss watch from buy.com and the seller opted for a UPS delivery, I know it will take a week for my order to arrive. And I was right. Exactly 7 days of shipping time.

Right now I am waiting for my DSL camera that I bought from ebay 5 days ago. Yes, it was sent via UPS. According to the UPS Tracking Information website, the package is in “transit and on time.” And the scheduled delivery date is 10/28/2009, that’s tomorrow.

But I found the tracking results provided by UPS very confusing. How can my package arrive in Sioux Falls, SD and depart in Omaha, Nebraska in just a span of 9 minutes? Look at the table below and tell me what’s wrong with it.

And why do I feel that the package is going away rather than coming near me?

Location Date Local Time Description
OMAHA, NE, US 10/27/2009 2:45 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
SIOUX FALLS, SD, US 10/27/2009 2:36 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
OMAHA, NE, US 10/27/2009 2:20 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
COMMERCE CITY, CO, US 10/27/2009 4:28 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
CERRITOS, CA, US 10/23/2009 8:12 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
10/23/2009 12:31 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
GARDENA, CA, US 10/22/2009 11:58 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
10/22/2009 9:42 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN
US 10/22/2009 3:37 P.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED

Where is my package now?

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