I recently purchased an iPad 2 and Apple fulfilled the order by drop-shipping the piece parts direct from suppliers. My order consisted of the iPad 2 plus 4 accessories, and ended up being fulfilled in 4 separate shipments. The shipments came via UPS and Federal Express. With these carriers, you need to be at home to sign and receive the orders otherwise you may have to go to some regional shipping warehouse to pick it up. The regional UPS shipping warehouse for where I live is 30 minutes away! And if I had my order shipped to my hotel while travelling on business, I might have incurred charges to receive each order. I've been charged $7-10 dollars per package received at some hotels.
Frustrated Shopper Suggestion - While fulfilling the shopper's order in multiple shipments may be the cheapest solution for the retailer, give consideration to the effect on the shopper in terms of her time and cost.
That's all for now. Gotta go shopping!