(NewsNation) — Says the US Postal Service (USPS) added thousands of seasonal signingshundreds of new package processing machines and even leased additional space to handle a significant increase in packages this holiday season.
“For the last two years, we had the pandemic, so a lot of people had been shopping online. So this year, we have those people shopping online, plus we have customers coming into retail stores and shipping with us,” USPS Debbie Fetterly said on NewsNation’s “Rush Hour” Monday.
Other companies are also working to keep up with the growing demand for vacations. In New York, FedEx launched electric carsallowing sleek four-wheeled electric carts to drop off packages instead of delivery trucks sitting idly along a sidewalk.
According to the company, the innovation makes deliveries more efficient and saves the general public time in traffic.
The technology is also just in time, as holiday shipments have not slowed down due to a steady pace in holiday shopping.
According to the National Retail Federation Forecastsales between November and December would rise between 6% and 8% compared to last year.
“This has been the best year for discounts in years,” Ted Rossman, a senior industry analyst at Bankrate.com, said Monday on “Rush Hour.” “This has been the best year for discounts in many years. People are definitely looking for value this year.”
Time is running out for those who have not sent their packages yet. Monday is the last day for USPS Priority Mail service and Friday is the last day for Express Priority Mail.
That may be affected by a winter storm heading for parts of the country later this week. The USPS told “Rush Hour” that bad weather could cause some shipping delays.
Forecasters are warning of treacherous vacation travel and life-threatening cold for much of the nation as an arctic air mass blows into the already frigid southern United States.
The incoming arctic air arrives as a previous storm system in the northeastern US gradually subsides after burying parts of the region under 2 feet of snow.
Associated Press contributed to this report.