The US Postal Service is urging last-minute vacation shoppers to meet shipping deadlines as a winter storm approaches that could cause delays.
Snow and blizzard-like conditions are heading towards almost every state this week.
In preparation, USPS has hired several new seasonal employees to handle the high demand for supplies.
However, the fate of the gifts that reach their destination by Christmas is ultimately up to us.
The pressure is on as USPS has set shipping deadlines for customers.
December 20th is the deadline for USPS Priority Mail Service.
December 23rd is the last day for Priority Mail Express.
Customers trying to meet these deadlines do not do so without problems.
Many experience grueling lines and crowded parking lots.
One customer told KARE, “I just started with USPS and I couldn’t even find a parking spot.”
He continued: “And then I imagined what it would be like to stand in line inside. So I came here.”
Another explained, “I think everyone’s trying to get it out before the blizzard.”
USPS spokesman Desai Abdul-Razzaaq said, “In the event of mandatory road closures by local, state or federal officials, the USPS will suspend services in those areas.”
FedEx and UPS are also making adjustments to keep up with increased holiday demand.
FedEx has invested in electric carts to drop off packages as opposed to delivery trucks.
The delivery company says the carts are more efficient and less time-consuming.
Likewise, UPS has last-minute shipping options and employees still have some hope.
Randy Holst, owner of the UPS Store Golden Valley, said: “It was crazy, but we got through it. Sometimes the line goes all the way to the door, but hopefully not out the door,
Much of its convenience. I mean, we’re all running around, time’s crazy. And you know we can get them in and out very quickly.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6965297/urgent-warning-usps-mailing-deadlines-storm-delays/ Urgent warning of USPS shipping deadlines as a severe winter storm could cause holiday shipping delays