This Is What Fedex/UPS Have To Deal With During iPhone Launches [PHOTO]


When a new Apple product is released, whether it be an iPhone or iPad, Apple always seems to sell a few million units during their opening weekend. A large portion of those are pre-orders, and Apple isn’t the only company that has to stress about the launch. Companies such as Fedex/UPS who ship these iPhone 5s have to deal with the thousands of devices that arrive at their facility.

Just how huge of a mess does the iPhone 5 create for workers at these shipping facilities? Well take a look below at the photo taken from Reddit. Do me a favor and count how many boxes you see that aren’t iPhone 5s. There are a few, but not very many.

If you live in an overpopulated city, there is even a chance that the shipping provider delays your iPhone shipment by a day. When I pre-ordered my iPad earlier this year Fedex had the product on the truck, but it was ‘getting too late’ so they let drivers come back to the facility.

Anyways, wow that’s a lot of iPhone 5s! Have any of our readers worked for Fedex/UPS in the past and had to go through an Apple launch?

[via Cult Of Mac]


  • km

    Our problem at brown isn’t so much the extra volume. The problem is having enough security in place to make sure guys aren’t stealing the product.

  • RaphaelNinjaTurtle

    What does it look like when Samsung releases a new product?

  • Nicolas Labbe

    I’m wondering, what will apple do about the iPhones that get stolen by those shipping employees? Surely there will be some thefts…

  • Mine is delivered by Purolator (via Telus) coming from a warehouse in Toronto

  • An exact replica, ya know. 😉

  • crosseyed_mofo


  • RaphaelNinjaTurtle

    I’m pretty sure it would become UPS/FEDEX responsibility to cover losses back to Apple and in turn they reship the device

  • FragilityG4

    If they shipped in bulk they might save a little in shipping costs …

  • Present

    I wonder where my phone is among those ????

  • RyanStOnge

    Oh, cool. The ones in the photo came directly from China, from Apple. They only use UPS/Fedex from what I am aware of.

  • Jackie_Lynn88

    When shipping with UPS or FedEx if they destory, damage or lose a package they have to replace it.

  • ZING! 🙂

  • wow.. that is a.. one HUGE pile my god.

  • GLunitek

    Once it is shipped in bulk to Telus, their supply chain is purolator. So we take over bulk shipments and sort, pack and deliver. Until it gets to individual hubs these shipments are package together in the thousands

  • I worked at FedEx in Montreal during Christmas when newer versions of iPods were launched. It was pretty intense. I can only imagine working there now and dealing with all the iPhone orders.

    Props to the couriers who deliver these!