Number Of Packages Handled By USPS On The Rise As Holidays Approach


GENTLEMAN IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SEND FOR THE HOLIDAYS, TIME IS RUNNING OUT. AND JOHN SHUMWAY GOT A LOOK AT WHAT THE POSTAL SERVICE IS DEALING WITH THIS TIME OF YEAR. HI, JOHN. Reporter: IT IS KIND OF MIND BOGGLING TO WATCH WHAT THEY GO THROUGH. IF YOU’RE GOING TO SEND A PACKAGE OR YOU HAVE SENT A PACKAGE TO GRANDMA OR THE GRANDKIDS, IT IS GOING TO COME THROUGH HERE. THEY HAVE BEEN IN THERE SORTING ALL DAY. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. THESE ARE THE TRUCKS THAT HAVE ARRIVED TONIGHT THAT ARE GOING TO BE PICKING UP THOSE PACKAGES AND MOVING THEM ON TO THEIR NEXT DESTINATION. THEY’RE BACKED UP AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE. AT A DIZZYING PACE, THEY COME AND GO. A HALF MILLION PACKAGES BETWEEN THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS THROUGH THIS FACILITY, AND DON’T BE SURPRISED BY THE OTHER CARRIERS’ BOXES THAT YOU SEE. AMAZON, FEDEX, UPS, ALL OF THOSE COMPANIES WE DELIVER FOR. Reporter: THE POST OFFICE HIGH-TECH SCANNERS READ BAR CODES AND WHISK THEM OFF ON CONVEYOR BELTS A PROCESS THAT DEPENDS ON YOU ACCURATELY ADDRESSING THE PACKAGE IN THE FIRST PLACE. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EITHER THE EAST, WEST, SOUTH OR NORTH ON THAT BOX. Reporter: AND THAT THE BOX IS STUDY, CUSHION THE CONTENTS. BUBBLE WRAP, NEWSPAPER, FOAM PEANUTS, WHATEVER YOU HAVE WORKS WELL, BUT PACK ANYTIME TIGHTLY. Reporter: — PACK IT IN TIGHTLY. Reporter: AND ALSO PUT A CARD WITH THE DESTINATION ADDRESS AND THE RETURN ADDRESS. IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX, WE KNOW WHERE IT IS GOING. Reporter: CLEAR PLASTIC TAPE IS THE BEST BET. AND DON’T USE SPRING. IT MAY LOOK — STRING. IT LOOKS NICE. GREAT FOR THE BAKER, BUT NOT GOOD FOR THE PACKAGING. Reporter: IF YOU ARE USING A BOX WITH A PREVIOUS BAR CODE, OBLITERATE IT SO THE SCANNERS DON’T GET CONFUSED. FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE FOR GROUND DELIVERY SERVICE. THAT WILL TAKE THE LONG TOAST ARRIVE. BUT IT IS THE COMMUNICATE — LONGEST TO ARRIVE BUT IT IS THE MOST CHEMICAL. Reporter: AND FOR TRULY LAST MINUTE, AND YOU’LL PAY MORE FOR IT, THERE IS THE POSTAL PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS. WE DO DELIVER THAT PRODUCT ON CHRISTMAS DAY. Reporter: SO THE DEADLINE TO SEND THAT WOULD BE? DECEMBER 22. Reporter: AND SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN NEXT FRIDAY AS IT HAS BEEN THREATENED. WE’RE UNAFFECTED AT ALL. WE CONTINUE TO WORK. Reporter: YEAH, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO GET THOSE PACKAGES TO THEIR DESTINATIONS. UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, UPS, THE FOLKS IN BROWN, THE SECONDARY AIR, THE — THE SECOND DAY AIR, FRIDAY AND SAT. THIS WEEKEND IS EXPECTED TO BE A HUGE SHOPPING WEEKEND WHICH MEANS IF YOU GO TO THE POST OFFICE NEXT MONDAY TO MAIL YOUR GIFT, GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME.

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