Many factors made UPS late this Christmas

12/27/2013 11:10 AM

12/27/2013 10:14 AM

Re "UPS delivery only excuses" (Letters, Dec. 27): Timothy Shull noted that UPS claimed unexpected demand and bad weather for delivery delays over the Christmas holiday, reasons that he seemed to find baffling. Well, there was unexpected and extremely bad weather that cut power off to hundreds of thousand of people and businesses. The unexpected demand, that he seemed to think should have been expected, was due to increased shipping during a shorter delivery window and last-minute online purchases, the latter being more than the 8 percent increase projected by UPS. It's not surprising that FedEx also had the same issues. And though the letter writer was joking about the carrier service being a government agency, some people don't understand that UPS is a private company. If UPS was a federal agency, we might be receiving an unexpected fruitcake for Independence Day.

-- Tom Orsat, Folsom

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