USPS to add more facilities, seasonal workers for the holidays
The U.S. Postal Service is announcing big plans to add new facilities and extra staffing to deal with the holiday season crush.
This morning. The nation's mail system making a major push to deliver packages on time this holiday season. The United States postal service announcing plans to add 45 new facilities. 112 new mail sorting machines And 40,000 additional seasonal workers, all of it. In an effort to handle more than 50 million packages a day. That's a 35% increase from last year. It's a big goal for the postal service which has been plagued by delays throughout the pandemic. The delivery is just mystical as to when things arrive where mail is slow. I mailed a package to California that took about a month to get their amazon Fedex and ups are also hiring thousands of seasonal workers to deal with the expected record holiday rush. But some small business owners are questioning whether it will be enough to offset major supply chain issues. Theo Brown is the owner of a popular toy store in Richmond Virginia. I am worried that we might have to disappoint Some people not only this holiday, but it's not gonna magically go away at the first of the year from porch to trucks to warehouses. Labor shortages, lack of capacity and congestion are wreaking havoc on a supply chain, still recovering from pandemic shutdowns and over the weekend disaster, when 40 containers fell into the Pacific Ocean when the ship was hit by rough seas off the coast of Washington State. Later containers on that same cargo ship, including two carrying hazardous materials catching fire on board, according to the Canadian Coast Guard. The incident just another disruption to the ongoing global jam here in the U. S. Florida's Republican, governor, Ron de Santis is suggesting container ships reroute to ports in his state to help alleviate the strain on California's ports. Ships there there, doc for an extra five weeks. So take an extra week to go around the Panama Canal, so you're you're gaining some efficiency in time there.