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Video: A Test for UPS: One Day, 34 Million Packages

ATLANTA— United Parcel Service Inc. all year has been focused on one day above the rest: Monday Dec. 22, when it will deliver 34 million packages, more than any other in its history.

It is a big test for the delivery giant after last year’s embarrassing and costly holiday debacle in which millions of packages didn’t arrive in time for Christmas. To avoid a recurrence, UPS has spent about $500 million preparing for the holidays with projects including automated sorting systems to rapidly identify ZIP Codes and swiftly reroute packages in the event of bad weather.

That automated system—known as its “Next Generation Sort Aisle”—is now operating at three hubs around the country.

Read more: A Test for UPS: One Day, 34 Million Packages – WSJ.


Video: Rush of holiday packages means more work for postal workers, police

SALT LAKE CITY — The United States Postal Service spent Sunday delivering millions of packages, despite it being a day when the post office is typically closed.

“Convenience for our customers is the most important thing, so we’ve expanded our hours in December, said Scott Smith with the West Valley City branch of the United States Postal Service.

The U.S. Postal Service is now in the final push in terms of holiday deliveries. This year, they were open until 4 p.m. on Saturdays rather than their usual closing time of 2 p.m. They’ve also opened up eight different offices in the Salt Lake Valley for the final Sundays leading up to Christmas.

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Video: APWU President Mark Dimondstein talks about planned changes at the USPS

Mark Dimondstein talked about U.S. Postal Service changes scheduled for 2015 which would not only affect delivery but and lead to the reduction of 7,000 jobs. He discussed his efforts to keep these changes from occurring and the future of the postal services as more people conduct communications and commerce over the Internet.


Video: Behind the Scenes: USPS busy as Christmas nears

All the mail for south central and southwestern Wisconsin goes through the United States Postal Service processing and distribution center in Madison before making its way to its final destination.

This week things are busier than any other time of the year.

“On an average day, we may cancel about 250,000, 260,000 letters and cards.”

But when Christmas is near, “On our busiest day, which was on Monday of this week, we canceled a little bit over one million letters and postcards, most of them being Christmas cards.”

Read more: Behind the Scenes: USPS busy as Christmas nears.


Video: Package stolen off Chicago porch


A young woman or teen was caught on surveillance video stealing a package from a home in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood.

"She knew what she was doing. She had an open shopping bag ready in her hand and the bag was already open. She walked up on to the porch grabbed the package and put it right in there," Mike Boush, resident, said.

That package had a pair of pants, Boush said. Another package that was supposed to arrive weeks earlier also went missing, but his video surveillance doesn’t go back that far.

"We were stunned. We were completely stunned. We were speechless for 30 minutes. Stunned that somebody stole something from our front porch," Boush said.

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Video: Being a mail carrier on the busiest delivery day of the year

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – With less than 10 days until Christmas Santa’s delivery elves are working overtime.

Monday marked the busiest shipping day of the year. Now it’s only fitting that Wednesday is the busiest day for deliveries.

“Going door to door to door to door,” explains Gary McGaha, a Letter Carrier with the United States Postal Service in Terre Haute.

Delivering mail quickly, efficiently, and with a smile is all part of a day’s work for McGaha.

“I love my job.”

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Video: Mark Dimondstein on The Ed Show

New cuts to the post office could pose serious problems for Americans trying to get issued passports. Ed Schultz and Mark Dimondstein discuss.

Read more: The Ed Show with Ed Schultz on msnbc.


Video: Expect more shipping delays from USPS starting next year


Over the last two weeks we’ve been telling you about delayed packages that the we uncovered at the U.S. Post Service and now we know it’s just the beginning. All of us will be seeing slower delivery times and it starts in a matter of days.

Our investigation started out with one eBay seller telling us his packages were being sent to a Houston processing center and then just sitting there for days. Then more of you said the same thing was happening to your mail.

Now we’ve found out it’s going to happen system wide beginning just after the new year.

Read more: Expect more shipping delays from USPS starting next year |


Video: ‘Parcel Pirates’ Following Delivery Trucks, Stealing Packages

SACAMRAMENTO (CBS13) – Wednesday was the busiest delivery day of the year. This holiday season, package deliveries are up by about 12 percent, but also on the rise are package thefts.

A lot of people are asking the question: How can you protect yourself from delivery theft? CBS13’s Anjali Hemphill has answers.

Read more: ‘Parcel Pirates’ Following Delivery Trucks, Stealing Packages « CBS Sacramento.


Video: Most Packages Safe Following Ohio Post Office Fire

WHITEHALL, Ohio – A fire tore through a small Whitehall post office just before 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.

When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames billowed through the roof of the building on Robinwood Avenue.

The flames were so intense, firefighters had to get out and fight it defensively.

The post office has been a staple in Whitehall for years.

Investigators have ruled that it was an accidental electrical fire, but they aren’t sure what device caused it.

Read more: Most Packages Safe Following Whitehall Post Office Fire | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio.