Record number of packages to be mailed this holiday season

By Mauricio Marin | mmarin@8newsnow.com, Tim Zeitlow

Published 12/09 2016 03:41PM

Updated 12/09 2016 03:41PM

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The holiday rush is here and that means millions of packages being mailed around the across the country and around the world.

People across the country are packing the post office and private delivery stores trying make sure those packages make it to their destinations by Dec. 25.

The post office alone is expecting a record number of packages this holiday season, around 750 million. That's about 12 percent more than last year. But they're not the only ones staying busy.

8 News NOW reporter Mauricio Marin rode along with a UPS driver Friday who was making more than double the number of deliveries than he would on a normal day.

"At Christmas time, we deliver over 34,000 pieces. Roughly 19,000 stops. We have 82 drivers that deliver that day in and day out," said Alex Suliscalleja, UPS station manager.

That's just one day of work at one facility.

And to get those boxes to your doorstep drivers like Martin Martinez get in early.

"They know when we're there, when the package is coming and they're like yup we've been waiting for you," Martinez said.

He's got the drive down to a science.

UPS is out delivering 393 packages per second this holiday season. Because they need all the help they can get to make sure your package arrives on time, they've added on more than 90,000 seasonal workers, including driver helpers.

"They're the ones that take the package to the door and by the time they are doing that we are getting the next package ready and keep going and keep going," Martinez said.

But even with the rush of dropping off packages in neighborhoods and even at business stops, Martinez still makes sure to say hi to his favorite customers.

The UPS processing center is running non-stop 24 hours this holiday season to get packages delivered.

Some local post offices are offering extended hours and opening on Sunday. You can also find shipping deadlines by clicking here.

 

 

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