I've been tracking a package that is on its way to Madison for the holidays. It started in Medford OR last Friday and ended up in Roseburg OR that night. UPS apparently took the weekend off and the package began to move again Monday morning at 1:36am as it left Roseburg and showed up a few hours later in Tualatin and a few hours after that in Portland.
On Tuesday, the package traveled from Portland to Hermiston OR...and then off to Spokane WA. It went missing in the tracking system Wednesday...but showed up in Minneapolis this morning.
I can't imagine that the sender spent more than a few dollars for shipping. Yet the number of hands that have touched this package must be extreme.
And, through it all...UPS makes money. Amazing.