You can use Maps 83A and 83B to accomplish something I do all the time, ship packages. I work in Shipping and Receiving (and Inventory Control, Production Scheduling, lots of other stuff…) and can use these maps to determine how long a particular shipment will take to reach its (domestic, non-express) destination. When customers are desperate to get their product as soon as possible, this information is very helpful and necessary to have. The maps below color code each day of package transportation time. I live in the suburbs of Minneapolis but anyone can check their transit times based on their own zip code on the UPS and FedEx websites (when you’re done reading my post, of course).
Notice any differences between the maps? UPS (the first map) says they can get a package from Minneapolis to all of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, as well as parts of the Dakotas in one day. FedEx (the second map), on the other hand, only covers part of Wisconsin and Iowa with a bit more of the Dakotas than UPS. FedEx’s map reaches further in two days than UPS in some areas like Tennessee, Arkansas, Montana, and West Virginia (although there is a significant splotch of three-day orange in Nebraska, Wyoming, and the Dakotas). FedEx also reaches the full East Coast faster than UPS but UPS wins the race to the West Coast. UPS really wins for shipping to Alaska (four days versus five) and Hawaii (five days versus seven-plus). How does one ship to Hawaii via “Ground” anyway?
Regardless of transit time, I will mention that I much prefer using UPS. This is a bit of insider knowledge for you but I have three reasons; 1) their software is way easier to use, 2) all their trucks operate as one unit (FedEx trucks are split between Ground and Express and they do not cooperate or pick up boxes of the other service type), and 3) they are more reliable and have better customer service. Also, for LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments, call C.H Robinson, a large logistics company with excellent discounts with various trucking companies. In the past, I requested LTL quotes from C.H Robinson and shipping companies such as YRC and ABF to find the best possible price. C.H Robinson was the cheapest option 97% of the time. On numerous occasions C.H would come in lower than YRC and two hours later, YRC would show up to collect the load! Just imagine how good their buying power is with the trucking companies to allow them to charge less, make a cut, and still have the same company carry the freight. Now I know to just use C.H and don’t bother wasting time getting quotes. I know you didn’t ask but I’m in charge here. I know you don’t care but that’s some of what I have learned in nearly four years of shipping and receiving and I felt like sharing.
Map 84 may cause you to consider your fiber intake.
Science tells us that colorectal cancer is directly related to diet. It is caused by poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and excessive drinking. It may not be the case everywhere but there’s plenty of evidence that better economies provide better opportunities to eat unhealthy foods, to sit on your ass, and to smoke and drink as much as your paycheck will afford. The United States is a very wealthy nation and we’re facing a massive obesity crisis. According to the map, that also means we’re facing a colorectal crisis. There’s a difference between correlation and coincidence, of course, but this study says it’s a correlation.
“Also known as bowel cancer, [colorectal cancer is] the third most common type of cancer in the world. It affected 1.4 million people in 2012 and is predicted to increase by 60%, to more than 2.2 million cases — and 1.1 million deaths — by 2030.” [CNN] Given the threat, it is important to take steps to reduce one’s risk. Have you thought about your fiber intake yet? Fiber, along with an overall healthy diet and exercise can help deter colorectal cancer. And if you’re over 50, get your colon checked at a minimum once every ten years (more if there is history of colon cancer in your family). My wife lost a family member to cancer a couple years ago. It’s very important to get yourself checked! Take care of yourselves people!
Until next time,
I don’t drink, and I know I just told you not to drink in excess to prevent colorectal cancer, but here’s a bonus map link of the Top 50 Craft Brewers in the United States.