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Santa Claus: The O.G. of One-Day Shipping & Master of Sustainability

Ho, ho, ho, the holidays are here!  Every year, Santa the OG one-day shipper, delivers billions of presents to all the good children in the entire world in one single night. 

Upholding a track record of 100% on-time deliveries, maintaining a global distribution channel that can span the world in one night, and a keeping committed workforce with zero turnover is not easy!  In order to do it all, Santa’s little helpers must produce over six million presents every day leading up to big holiday to have an inventory large enough to deliver the ~2.5 billion children at the end of the year.  This makes the North Pole home of the most optimized warehouse in the world.  A couple of decades ago, things may have been slightly easier for Santa’s elves, but nowadays they must produce on a make-to-stock basis because a lot of things kids want would be obsolete by next year.  Through a demand-driven supply network, Santa still takes orders from children sitting on his lap as last-minute as Christmas Eve!  He also takes orders by mail and even electronically!  He has a Twitter account (@Santa) and an email address (santa@santaclaus.com) so he’s more accessible than ever before!  Still, he has always delivered with 100% satisfaction often delivering even more than expected.

Considering all the differing time zones, Santa actually has closer to 31 hours to complete his deliveries rather than 24 hours.  He must visit 2.2 million homes an hour traveling over 3,000 times faster than the speed of sound.  His magical sleigh is supped up to carry over 2 million tons assuming all the gifts are of the same size and weight (until he takes it out of his magical sack, of course).  Since it is pulled by a herd of flying reindeer, it is safe to say Santa is also the master of sustainable transportation; leaving a very low carbon footprint throughout all these years.  Santa is also on top of visibility allowing all curious minds on Earth to track his movements in real-time through a GPS tracking device which could be accessed here.

Without Santa Claus, the holidays would be so different. It would take 400,000 trucks, 5,000 of the largest airplanes, and the power to make time stand still in order to deliver presents to every child in one night.  We are so lucky for Saint Nick especially considering we just pay him in milk, cookies, and reindeer treats.

Happy Holidays!!

 

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