Last minute holiday shipping rush

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

SHERMAN, TX - It's a busy time for post offices in the nation as thousands rush in to send their packages to loved ones far away just days before Christmas. Victoria Maranan went to the U.P.S. Store in Sherman and spoke with some residents who decided to send their gifts at the last minute.

It has been a busy few weeks for the Sherman U.P.S. store with hundreds of people coming in to mail packages off to their holiday destinations. But, according to the store manager, the rush doesn't end there. I spoke with one "last minute shipper" as she waited in line to mail her gifts about why she and many others cut it so close.

Theresa Coffey is one of thousands of Texomans rushing to mail packages just five days before Christmas and she admits to be a repeat offender of last minute shipping.

"It's just my nature, I could start shopping, there's years I start shopping 6 months ahead of time and I always end up doing this at the last minute," she said.

She sent six small packages to family in Bedford and Tyler and picked ground shipping because if you send by Thursday the 22nd, your packages are still guaranteed to make it under the tree before Christmas.

"I gotta get their presents there on time and we'll be together after christmas, things are just crazy with their families and so we'll get together when we don't have to be so rushed," she said.

Sherman U.P.S. store manager Cat Adair said there are other ways to make sure your gifts reach their destinations before Christmas day.

"Yeah, you can get guaranteed overnight, 2-day and 3-day as of right now," she said.

But people will have to pick up the pace if they choose to wait much longer.

"Next few days, people are going to have to be sending their packages guaranteed deliveries if they're going to want them to be there before Christmas," she said.

And the longer you wait, the more you may pay. Coffey paid $44 for all six of her packages to be shipped. Adair said pricing depends on the package weight, size, destination and speed. She also advises people to wrap their packages carefully, so they make it to their destinations in one piece.

"Make sure that your fragile items are wrapped accordingly. They need to be able to travel in trucks and ride into conveyor belts without breaking," she said.

Coffey was relieved her procrastination didn't delay her family's gifts.

"Whew, hahaha! I'm so happy because this is my last stop," she said.

Thursday is also the last day that the U.S. Postal Service guarantees shipping arrival before Christmas. Adair said the U.P.S. store in Sherman will stay open until Friday, but if you choose to mail your packages then, they will not be shipped out until the Tuesday after Christmas.

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