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From left to right: Kori, Mr. Natosi, Niq and Dara
Niq and Mr. Natosi modeling some long-discontinued stripey socks, way back in the day!
Their feet (in the original E. G. Smith Bootsocks), moments before exchanging vows.
November 11th, 2014
One of the things we’re known for here at Sock Dreams is our super-fast shipping: people are most often surprised by the speed of our free domestic option. It does help that we ship all of your orders –with a few exceptions– within 24 hours, but if we’re being completely honest with you, USPS deserves most of the credit for getting your socks across the country (and sometimes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon via mule), usually within two or three days! As we’re heading into our busiest season, I interviewed Shipper Ryan, who specializes in our domestic shipping, but knows quite a bit about all of it. Because he is both hilarious and paranoid about being misquoted, we present you with his responses, verbatim:
Rosalind: I know that USPS really goes above and beyond with some of the more remote locations that they deliver to… can you give us some interesting examples of this?
Ryan: USPS certainly does deliver mail to some faraway places, but to give our most exciting examples of the remote reaches our packages can go, we have to bring up the US Military. Working in partnership with USPS, military mail going to APO, FPO, and DPO addresses can end up in some off the wall places. We’ve sent packages to Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan (near zones of conflict), and to Aircraft Carriers in the middle of an ocean, but if I were to choose the most remote place our socks have been worn, that’s a no brainer. We have sent a number of orders over the years to McMurdo Station on the Northern edge of Antarctica. I know, I know, all edges of Antarctica are Northern. McMurdo happens to be nearest Tasmania and New Zealand on a Map. And the best part of these locations is that they are technically Domestic Addresses and, as such, qualify for our free shipping. So there is no reason you shouldn’t send socks to personnel that are overseas!
Rosalind: What is the most exciting (domestic or otherwise) location we’ve shipped to, in your opinion?
Ryan: There is one street that comes to mind, here in America, and that is “1 Infinite Loop”. We have a couple of customers who order from there and we always give an excited Whoop of jealousy whenever one comes, as we’re all big nerds who wish we were cool enough to live on “1 Infinite Loop”. Tech heads will recognize the address as the street that encircles Apple’s HQ.
Rosalind: Here in the states we pretty much have a number and a street for an address. Can you explain some of the different ways that other countries do addresses?
Ryan: Almost every country we ship to has similar address elements to what we do in the states, though they may be arranged differently. Many European countries, for instance, put there Postal Code before the City. Some stand out exceptions off of the top of my head would be Spain and Puerto Rico, which have similar addressing styles that include a dearth of information when compared to domestic addresses. Though we can verify the addresses as properly formatted for the country they are going to, we usually have to move information around so USPS recognizes them as addresses they can ship to. Ireland is another standout, as most [addresses] do not have postal codes, instead using the destination county, and some do not have street addresses. These last always give us a chuckle, as we cannot be certain if the package is going to a business or a landmark. We just assume that the destinations are small enough or the mail carriers are so awesome, that they just know where these packages are intended to be delivered. But I like to think that a certain percentage of Magic is used for the delivery of our Ireland-bound orders.
Rosalind: What is the funniest thing about shipping? Are there even funny things about it?
Ryan: Answering unexpected interview questions. Oh, and all of the Puns!
And there we have it! From Antarctica to puns, our shipping department has seen it all. While we’re on the subject, you might have noticed that we’re offering free airmail international shipping until the end of November, so even if your friends overseas aren’t in the military or conducting research in Antarctica, there’s no reason not to send them some socks this month!
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