February is almost here, and are you still waiting for holiday packages and mail? Well, you’re not alone, and you can blame the United States Post Office, but there’s this, too…more Americans sent billions of packages online, and the pandemic is partially to blame.
So many people have been talking about how they just received a package or card postmarked a month ago, and how it was postmarked through other cities.A lady in Pennsylvania said a package she finally received went on a joyride: from Jacksonville, Florida, to Tallahassee, and back up to Pennsylvania.I had one go through San Diego!
It has been especially tough in Philadelphia, where packages were "up to the ceiling", last month, American Postal Workers Union president Nick Casselli told CNN.
"I've been in postal for 35 years, I've never seen what I'm seeing," he said.
He said there were so many incoming packages that the postal workers couldn't process them in time. The USPS has so far delivered more than 1.1 billion packages mailed during the holiday season, a record number!
But the Postal Service is facing other issues, too. More than 39,000 employees out of 644,000 have tested positive for Covid-19, about 6% of its workforce out sick.And snowstorms in the Northeast of the country were another reason for the delays.
Things will -- eventually -- go back to normal. As the USPS makes its way through the massive holiday inventory, they "fully anticipate improvements in performance."
So don’t go postal, your mail is coming. I finally got all mine!