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Shipping businesses on schedule despite winter weather


Eau Claire (WQOW) - As the snow arrived, businesses were gearing up for another kind of delivery. Today is the busiest shipping day of the year. We wondered whether the snow would slow the delivery process. To find out, we checked in with both Fed Ex and UPS Monday to see if shipping would skip a beat.

"We have a record amount of volume on the street; we're also going to be picking up a record amount of volume," said Debra Thompson, the Eau Claire Fed Ex Ground Facility Senior Manager.

For most people, it's just another Monday. But for the shipping industry, the Monday two weeks before Christmas is anything but usual.

"Normal day during the year would be thirty to forty, this time of the year its well over 100 most days. I think the most we ever shipped in a day is about 175," said James Kenner, owner of The UPS Store in Chippewa Falls.

So what's the reason for the big numbers?

"Had a big push on Black Friday, and then now again people are thinking its getting close to the holidays ordering more out of the catalogues, and it seems like we get more and more each year with e-commerce," Thompson said.

With snow covering delivery trucks, the message to drivers is simple; stay safe.

"There are some locations out there that are hard to get by. We tell our drivers to slow down, take their time, safety is number one. It does take them longer out there," said Thompson.

Still, both UPS and Fed Ex say they are on schedule so far and don't see that changing anytime soon.

"Nothing much slows us down around here, we're all pretty hardy and used to the weather conditions," Kenner said.

Fed Ex says to make sure packages arrive by Christmas Eve, you want to remember these deadlines. For ground shipping they need to be dropped off by December 17th, for express shipping you have until the 22nd.

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