Why Millions Of Christmas Packages Will Be Late This Year

If you’re hoping your loved one will get your package by Christmas you might be out of luck. Just days before the big holiday, both public and private shippers are experiencing major delays, in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Aside from the usual influx of holiday packages, shippers are also dealing with increased online shopping due to the pandemic, and delivering vaccines safely. Add on top of that that many workers have called out sick, and it means packages are just very delayed. Between December 13th and 17th, UPS had the highest rate of on-time deliveries at almost 95%, while FedEx hovered just above 92%, and the Postal Service was just above 86%. A press release from the Postal Service released on December 14th, the service pleaded with Americans to send gifts early.