My DNA sample has finally ARRIVED! - According to the National Geographic website:
The kits are received at the Houston office of Family Tree DNA and checked in. All of the kits are assigned to a batch and shipped to the Arizona Research Labs at the University of Arizona. The samples are received at the university and the orders are transferred to a computer system. The computer sorts the orders and assigns each sample to a specific location in one of many sample grids.
As the barcodes on the samples are read the computer directs the researchers where to place each sample (which tray and which coordinates)...
Right now, the kit is awaiting the BATCH stage. Will keep you posted as I receive additional information.