MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – If you have eagerly checked the tracking information on some of your packages, you are not alone.
The USPS is handling shipping delays in part due to the recent COVID-19 increase. It’s a problem people see at the mailbox and on the shelves of groceries.
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“I was literally at work and stressed for hours like ‘Man, I hope this package gets delivered,'” Travis Wright said.
The avid disc golfer from Minneapolis has been waiting for a mysterious box of discs he ordered online before Christmas. It was to arrive on Monday 12 January. The new mystery is when it will finally appear.
“I even saw my postman before I left on my way to work today, and he certainly did not have it, so it certainly will not come again today,” he said Wednesday night.
A USPS spokesman says there have been supply problems in the twin cities, adding: “Our workforce, like others, is not immune to the human impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to flex our available resources to match the workload, and we are proud of the efforts of postal workers as they define essential public service every day. “
Wright is frustrated but understands the side effects of the pandemic.
“It’s a kind of general consensus. Everyone is sick right now,” he said.
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Delivering mail is not the only challenge. Shoppers in grocery stores continue to find empty shelves from canned goods to paper products. One reason is the lack of truck drivers. CBS News learned from the American Trucker’s Association that there are 80,000 fewer drivers right now. It is only one leg of an ongoing supply chain problem that is forcing customers to make changes.
Two men went to a Cub Foods in southern Minneapolis to find a specific iced tea. Other stores they visited ran out. In some cases, they are discussing buying another brand if their favorite is missing.
“Sometimes [they’ll] have the product available, but that’s not necessarily the price you’re looking for, ”they said.
As the stores lack some products, the customers lack patience.
“It’s not even like a good tracking update,” Wright said of his shipping problem.
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FedEx told WCCO that the rise in Omicron is also affecting its staff and strenuous operations. Severe weather on the east and west coasts has also led to delays for the company, with a spokesman saying: “We are implementing contingency plans and adjusting operations to the best of our ability to continue to provide the best possible service to our customers in these difficult times. Customers with questions about the status of their shipments can visit fedex.com for updates. “