Arrived at hub (Package delivery) – What does it mean?

Sometimes when you order something online, you might get told that it has “arrived at the hub”. For some, this might look like a quote out of a sci-fi novel. But I’m afraid it’s not quite as exciting as that.

Arrived at hub means that your package has arrived at the centre where it will be given to the driver who will take it to your house.

This will usually mean that you only need to wait for a few days before your package is delivered to you. And most of the time, it’s only said about items which are shipped from another country.

How it works

When we order something online, most of us will just click “send” and wait for it to arrive. But very few of us take the time to think about how the process works, and why it takes so long.

Let’s say you order a scarf from another country.

When you click “buy”, someone who works in the warehouse will box it up for you.

When enough products have been boxed up, it will go from the warehouse to the boat or plane where it will make its way into your country.

Of course, someone from the warehouse will need to drive to the port or airport first.

When it arrives in your country, it will be driven to the “hub” where it will be allocated to a driver who will take it to your house.

Are we too reliant?

Amazon is one of the biggest companies on the planet. The CEO is the richest man in the world, there is no denying that online shopping has become a large part of our lives.

Instead of needing to go out, we just need to make a few clicks. It almost feels like we’re not spending money. A lot of the time, products bought online are cheaper than they would be in the shops.

The planet

Interestingly, since more of us have been buying online and going into shops less, in large part due to the Coronavirus, the global carbon emissions have gone down.

This is because rather than having lots of people driving, the only person driving is the delivery man. And it takes a lot less energy to run a warehouse than a shop.

The shop will use up extra energy that isn’t needed. Of course, that’s not to say that all shop owners are responsible for killing the planet.

What happens at the Hub?

When your package arrives at the hub, it will be given to the driver of your region. I live in the UK, which is only the size of one US state, but I’m sure that in America, your package will arrive at the hub of your state.

The reason for doing this is to save the amount of time it takes for the driver to deliver it. Suppose someone has some packages for Portsmouth and some for Newcastle. In that case, it won’t make sense for them to deliver to Portsmouth before going up to Newcastle.

They can save time by just going to Portsmouth and have someone else go to Newcastle.

What does Hub mean?

Hub is a word that you may have heard before and in contexts other than deliveries.

When there is a place where a lot of rich people work and do very well out of it, you might refer to that place as a “financial hub”.

Places like London and New York are often referred to as cultural hubs as people from all over the world will go there and share their cultures with each other.

Scattered around, there are a few clubs or bars called “The Hub”. These are places where people can meet up and socialise.

Etymology

The word “hub” has been around since the 1640s. But it hasn’t always meant what it means today.

The solid centre of a wheel was named the “hub” of the wheel. It’s from the centre that the rest of the wheel revolves.

This word is thought to have come from “hob” of the oven or “hobnail” of a boot.

It wasn’t until 1858 that it came to mean “centre of an activity”. I suppose the definition of “hub” hasn’t changed, so much as it’s expanded.

Maybe it will expand even further in the future.

When should you go to the shop?

There will be times when it’s better to buy something in a shop than it would be to order it online.

For example, if you wish to buy some food, particularly fresh food, the delivery will cause it to go bad by the time it gets to you. Instead, just go to the shop quickly.

You might need something ASAP. Even if someone says it will be delivered on time, it will still be best to buy it in a shop as these delivery times might not always be reliable.

Also, you can save money on delivery fees.

Be Careful

When ordering things online, there are three things you need to be careful of.

Quality

When something is incredibly cheap, it’s worth questioning why it’s so cheap. Chances are the low price is due to a low quality.

China

Many cheap products will come from China. As you may have read in the news, many of the products from China are made by Ugiar Muslims who are not there by choice.

Delays

And finally, the cheapest stuff will likely take a long time to get delivered. This is not going to be suitable when you need it quickly.

Conclusion

When you read in an email that something you’ve ordered has “arrived at the hub”, this means it has arrived in your country or state and is now going to be given to a driver who will take it to your area.

When you order something, it will be packed at the warehouse, driven to the port or airport, driven to the hub, and then driven to you.

It could be argued that we have become too reliant on online deliveries, and it will be wise to be careful. But from an environmental perspective, it’s better to order online than to drive to a shop.

Hub used to mean the central part of a wheel, but now it just means “centre of activity”.