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Why your iPad comes via Anchorage

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FEWER AIR TRAFFIC DELAYS
You may not have ever been to Alaska, but your favorite device probably has. From ZDNet: "Most tech hardware, including the iPhone and iPad, that ships from the Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) in and around Shanghai ends up in Anchorage where UPS and FedEx have built major logistical hubs to expedite customs. Anchorage is attractive to shippers because 90% of the industrialized northern hemisphere can be reached within 9.5 hours from Anchorage, allowing the carriers to transport more cargo and consume less fuel. The intermediary stop in Anchorage, as opposed to flying from Shanghai to Oakland, CA, actually increases total flight distance by around 144 miles but allows the aircraft to carry an additional 45,000kg of cargo (instead of extra fuel) increasing revenue for the trip by around $90,000."
SOURCE:   ZDNet

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