I'm in Illinois and packages being sent to and coming from states out west like California and Utah seem to be flowing much faster than packages being sent to and coming from Eastern/Northeastern states like New York and Maryland. Packages being mailed to and coming from states in the Southeast like Alabama and Georgia seem to be moving especially slow. A package I mailed with a destination to Maryland was last scanned in Iowa of all places on December 14th but the tracking info hasn't been updated since then. 2 packages that I mailed to California and Utah only 5 days ago were already delivered earlier today. We can only hope that the hubs heading East and in the Southeast are that backed up and that packages haven't been lost or stolen. I'm trying to insure as many packages as I can but usually don't insure items under $20.