Shortened shopping season puts extra pressure on UPS, retailers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Holiday shoppers are in a crunch this year - and so are UPS and local retailers.
With Thanksgiving nearly a week later last year, the official shopping season has been cut short by six days and one weekend.
If you haven't started making a list, you probably aren't alone, says Oxmoor Mall general manager Jacob Sappenfield. "We're going to have a few shoppers that are coming in mid-November," he said. "But the majority of our shoppers do their shopping after Thanksgiving." Which means much of this year's shopping will happen in December.
UPS is preparing for the crunch. Spokesperson Jeff Wafford said with only 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the company is counting on only 17 days to ship millions of presents.
"This year we're going to have more packages moving through the UPS network in a short amount of time," said Wafford.
Compared to last year, UPS expects an 8% increase in holiday shipments. To make sure everything goes smoothly, Louisville's Worldport has to be ready. "A lot of Christmas presents are going to be coming through Louisville," said Wafford. "We have to optimize our network."
Wafford says they are preparing by adding more flights, and considering working through the Christmas weekend to make sure everything gets delivered. He said Worldport won't slow down again until after Christmas day.
The last time a shopping season was this short was 2002.
UPS said they are still hiring about 700 seasonal workers to prepare for the high volume. For more information you can visit www.upsjobs.com
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