Delivery Drivers Hustle Through the Holiday

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

December 21, 2005

It's a race to the finish for two of the busiest overnight delivery services. UPS and FedEx delivered over 29 thousand packages to our area yesterday alone.

"It's been really busy, actually it's probably twice as busy as it was last year," said Luis Essex, a United Postal Service driver.

Thanks to online holiday shopping, the drivers jobs have gotten much more hectic. They were coming and going from every direction. Each driver delivered hundreds of packages.

"Anywhere from 350 to 400 pieces a day," said Essex.

They even had to hire more help just for this holiday season. Some FedEx drivers will be working on December 25th, just so the presents arrive on time.

"We do play Santa Claus on Christmas day sometimes, but it's strictly on a voluntary basis," said Gary Hux, a FedEx Manager.

But that's good news for last minute shoppers. "With FedEx you can ship right up until the 22nd and we still will get it there by Christmas morning," said Hux.

Only 4 more days left and many, many more packages to deliver before they can cross that finish line.

"Merry Christmas," said a FedEx driver as he drove away.

While FedEx drivers can work on Dec. 25 if they want to, UPS workers will not be working on Christmas Day.

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