UPDATE: A full ten days after the order was placed, my package has finally made it from Arizona to "sorted and ready for delivery" at my local post office. Three of those days were spent crawling around FOUR local post offices because, according to other web sources, UPS Mail Innovations delivers to where it is convenient for itself, not for the receiver.
I've obviously cancelled the credit card dispute. Had Target sent a replacement, I would have paid for it and simply had an extra 2 months supply.
Target's shipping manager should probably not quit his day job; the head of customer service should probably work for Amazon for a while to see how the experts do it.
We made the mistake of buying vitamins mail-order from Target. They were shipped "free" by UPS Mail Innovations, one of those hybrid methods designed to shave a few cents off the shippers cost at the expense of time and a higher probability of loss to the recipient.
Tracking, such as it is, showed that the packaged was lost. A call to Target's customer service resulted in: a profuse apology; a long time on hold to give me information I already had from the web; and being told that I needed to wait 10 days for a refund or replacement.
Interestingly, last year when a hybrid shipper lost an Amazon package, Amazon immediately sent an overnight replacement, no questions asked.
I have filed a credit card dispute against Target and replaced the order with another company.
If Target really wants to get into the mail order business, they need to make a lot of changes.
While Israel may collect some royalties on this gas, the real advantage to them is energy independence! They will no longer be dependent on a fuel supply that has to cross lands ruled by governments and people that are sometimes less than friendly toward them. I'm guessing that this gas is also available to the Palestinians should they wish to build an infrastructure that can benefit from it.
Disclosure: I own GE stock; I do not own RSH stock.
I'm guessing that the story is true; otherwise GE would have denied it by now. However, the article also says that GE is financing inventory which contradicts a press release that states RSH is trying to get rid of obsolete inventory to buy new merchandise Perhaps the line of credit is for new inventory only but based on history, there is no assurance that RSH will be able to actually sell it and, as we know, this stuff will become obsolete very quickly.
When I was much younger, Radio Shack was a weekly stop. My CB radios came from there; so did many cables, batteries and other electronics. It was fun to visit. Now, it is a noisy, expensive, shopworn kind of a place. Too bad.
The numbers suggest that RSH is a company whose time has come and gone. That conclusion is certainly reinforced by a store or website visit. Within a finite period, Amazon and Walmart will offer same day delivery which will be the final nail.
So the the question is WHY? The GE people are smart. They don't throw away money. What do they plan to get here? Are they simply financing Christmas inventory and receivables or credit card financing at a normal but risk-adjusted rate of return? Are thy looking for a preferred position in bankruptcy to grab the real estate assets and leases?