ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/ Fox 24)- “We train all year to get ready for Christmas,” says local UPS Store Manager Christine.
For USPS workers spreading holiday cheer is the biggest job of the year. According to the agency, they are expecting to process and deliver nearly 2.5 billion pieces of mail just this week.
“We have to have trucks pick up at least twice a day because our store just fills up with packages going out and then there is usually a line around the inside of the store. Three extra people on hand right now, their main job is just to stay in the back and pack the packages while the other people stay at the front and get the labels printed,” says the UPS Store manager.
Officials reminding the public not to wait until the last minute to take in those packages.
According to Ted Rossman, a creditcards.com analyst, “If you’re willing to pay a lot extra you could presumably ship something as late as the 23rd and get it in time for Christmas that’s gonna cost you more though and you do run the risk of unforeseen delays including weather.”
However, if you don’t want to risk it UPS says December 19th is the last day they can guarantee a package will arrive before Christmas. Stores extending their holiday hours on Saturdays from 9 a.m to 7 p.m to make sure everyone can make it.
UPS workers also giving people tips to keep those lines moving.
“It usually helps when they have them already addressed or just have the address already written down on a sticky note. At UPS we prefer you not to bring it in brown paper so it would be better to have them just in a plain brown box or if you prefer Christmas wrapping we wrap the whole thing in clear tape so that those labels don’t get ripped off.”