Santa's sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Santa's sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa's sleigh didn't make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx.

The delays were blamed on poor weather earlier this week in parts of the country as well as overloaded systems. The holiday shopping period this year was shorter than usual, more buying was done online and Americans' tendency to wait until the last possible second to shop probably didn't help either.

Neither company said how many packages were delayed but noted it was a small share of overall holiday shipments.

While the bulk of consumer holiday spending remains at physical stores, shopping online is increasingly popular. Online spending in the U.S. from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 rose 9 percent from the same period last year to $37.8 billion, according to research firm comScore. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail group, has predicted that overall sales, both in stores and online, will rise 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion this holiday shopping season.

"UPS is experiencing heavy holiday volume and making every effort to get packages to their destination; however, the volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network immediately preceding Christmas so some shipments were delayed," United Parcel Service Inc. said in a service advisory online Wednesday.

UPS is not making pickups or deliveries Wednesday and plans to resume normally scheduled service Thursday.

Some FedEx customers are able to pick up packages Christmas Day at their local FedEx Express centers.

"We're sorry that there could be delays and we're contacting affected customers who have shipments available for pickup," said Scott Fiedler, a spokesman for FedEx Corp.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, FedEx handled 275 million shipments, according to Fiedler. Those that were not delivered in time, he said, "would be very few."

__

Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott.

Follow SCOTT MAYEROWITZ on Twitter @GlobeTrotScott

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Ft Sill’s commanding general is leaving for Ft. Bragg

    Ft Sill’s commanding general is leaving for Ft. Bragg

    Thursday, July 27 2017 4:47 PM EDT2017-07-27 20:47:21 GMT
    Major General Brian McKiernan (Source U.S. Army)Major General Brian McKiernan (Source U.S. Army)

    Maj. Gen. Brian McKiernan, who was welcomed to Fort Sill FIRES Center of Excellence as commanding general in July of 2016, will be leaving. Maj. Gen. McKiernan has been selected to be the Deputy Commanding General of 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. Maj. Gen. Brian McKiernan has served as commanding general for the last year. 

    Maj. Gen. Brian McKiernan, who was welcomed to Fort Sill FIRES Center of Excellence as commanding general in July of 2016, will be leaving. Maj. Gen. McKiernan has been selected to be the Deputy Commanding General of 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. Maj. Gen. Brian McKiernan has served as commanding general for the last year. 

  • GOP seeks support for narrow version of "Obamacare" repeal

    GOP seeks support for narrow version of "Obamacare" repeal

    Thursday, July 27 2017 4:49 AM EDT2017-07-27 08:49:08 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 4:40 PM EDT2017-07-27 20:40:55 GMT

    Senate Republicans are abandoning hope of truly replacing 'Obamacare' and might settle for a much more modest 'skinny repeal.'

    Senate Republicans are abandoning hope of truly replacing 'Obamacare' and might settle for a much more modest 'skinny repeal.'

  • Former correctional officer says he’s being targeted after capturing explicit videos of jailers

    Former correctional officer says he’s being targeted after capturing explicit videos of jailers

    Thursday, July 27 2017 4:32 PM EDT2017-07-27 20:32:17 GMT

    We are hearing from a former Oklahoma correctional officer who says he's now in trouble with the law for trying to be a whistle blower. Back in May, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections launched an investigation into video that was captured at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center. That video was caught by a now former correctional officer, who is facing possible jail time.

    We are hearing from a former Oklahoma correctional officer who says he's now in trouble with the law for trying to be a whistle blower. Back in May, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections launched an investigation into video that was captured at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center. That video was caught by a now former correctional officer, who is facing possible jail time.

Powered by Frankly