Shipping services continue to be overwhelmed by pandemic

The tidal wave of packages this holiday season was simply too much.

There were roughly three billion of them, which was 30% higher than this time last year. Because of COVID-19, many families shipped their presents instead of giving them in-person.

Nationwide, roughly 19,000 postal workers are out every day over virus-related issues. Those who show up are often exhausted.

“People who may be getting upset at the post office, they need to be aware that the postal service ended up receiving six million packages more than what they could have planned for,” Satish Jindel, president of ShipMatrix, said.

This year, the U.S. Postal Service added tens of thousands of seasonal workers, extended overtime, and expanded Sunday deliveries, but it was still not enough. Even tracking numbers are not helping much, while winter storms in the days leading up to Christmas did not help either.


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Bullshit excuses. A 30% increase should have been foreseen.. only an idiot would not have expected that to be the case many months ago. Is the post office going to offer refunds for all the packages still in limbo? The have raked in record levels of cash from the uptick in the number of packages and have been doing so ever since the pandemic began. They should be offering higher wages and hiring more people. The mail carriers are not at fault it is the corrupt management. 19,000 out with virus related issues… including those who are not sick but… Read more »