The 2009 package tracker conclusion

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

JONESBORO, AR  (KAIT) --You may recall that last Monday the 14th was called by the post office the busiest shipping day of the year.

We wanted to know just how fast it would take to ship a package to Tucson, Arizona?

Working with reporter Lauren Burgoyne at our sister station K-O-L-D  in Tucson, we decided to put the postal service, UPS and Fed Ex to the test.

This is the time of year when lots and lots of packages get sent.

So on Monday the 14th of December we sent 4 packages of fairly equal wait around 2 and a half pounds to my pen pal Lauren Burgoyne in Tucson  and she sent me 4 packages weighing in around 1 and a half pounds.

They went by postal service priority, "if it fits it ships" postal service ground..UPS ground, and Fed Ex ground.

First off lets look at shipping costs.

Fed Ex ground was the most expensive at $11.16.

Followed by Postal Priority at $10.35 with no weight limit.

Then UPS ground at 9.73 with the Post Office regular ground at 7.33.

Now lets take a look at Lauren's costs.

Her highest was the USPS Priority at $11.05 followed by UPS ground at $10.85. Next up was Fed Ex ground at $10.18 and the least expensive was regular Post Office ground at $7.44.

Everything left both cities on December 14th. And the latest arrived here Monday morning - One week later around 8:30 although it did come in on Saturday - No one was here to get it.

So from here to Tucson which took the least amount of time?

The clock started ticking from when Lauren and  I turned the packages over to the counter people.

In reality ALL three shippers were relatively fast for  delivery. The fastest was Fed Ex ground ahead of UPS ground by a minute...2 days 21 hours for delivery.

The post office took a respectable 3 days 1 hour for both "Priority" and regular ground.

Coming from Tucson to Jonesboro's a bit different.

The fastest was UPS ground at 2 days and 19 hours.

Followed by the post office regular ground at 3 days 2 hours.

Next was Fed Ex ground at 3 days 4 hours and mainly because it came in on a Saturday and didn't get placed into my hands till Monday  morning the Post Office priority took 6 days and 10 hours.

Relatively speaking this little test says all of the package shippers just about break even on time in transit. The deciding factor for you may be cost. But by now if you have waited to ship stuff across country for Christmas...all bets are off.

Glad I shipped early..

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