Japanese Customs Computer Bottleneck
When shipping "Express"
packages from Japan, we tend to hope for quick
delivery. Speed is the reason why the going rate for
UPS Worldwide Express is what it is compared to a service like EMS which costs about 1/3
less and delivers 3 days later. Yesterday, the
following tracking result popped up on all of our
UPS shipments from multiple Japanese vendors:
COMPUTER SYSTEM BREAKDOWN-PACKAGE DATA PROCESSING NOT POSSIBLE-NO
CONNECTION TO CUSTOMS SYSTEM / DELIVERY RESCHEDULED
Maybe it was an erroneous message so we spoke to a UPS
representative and pointed out the error message to
him. He'd never seen such a message in his entire
life. He sounded like an old dude too. His supervisor who had "seen it
all" hadn't seen that message before either.
In the two decades that NCS has shipped with UPS, that message has never appeared on any of our
packages. Guess it was about time that it did appear
and it was great that it happened on the day that
some of our biggest shipments of the year were
trying to escape from Japan.
We're disappointed. Tonight was supposed to
be "Espgaluda II Night NYC." As of right now, it
looks more like "Frozen TV Dinner Night 2010." The
fare will include greasy Salisbury steak,
congealed gravy, and mushy peas. If we're
lucky, the dessert brownie will have a rock baked into it.
As of this morning, the shipments are on the way but they're a day
late and won't arrive until tomorrow. If there isn't
any further botching of shipments, all
preorders for Espgaluda II (Regular and
Limited Edition) will ship out tomorrow along with
preorders for the other new releases including PSP
BlazBlue Portable, PSP Kenka Banchou 4,