Online Shopping Adds to Holiday Crunch

7 years 1 week 1 day ago Wednesday, December 08 2010 Dec 8, 2010 Wednesday, December 08, 2010 10:44:30 PM CST December 08, 2010 in News
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COLUMBIA- On Thursday shipping services in Columbia urged people sending holiday packages to do so soon. As online shopping continues to gain steam, the holiday rush is seeing an influx of packages from the internet sources.

"This is the biggest year we've seen with packages from online shipping," said Cheryl Hudson, media coordinator for the Columbia Postal Service.

The back room of the Columbia post office is already filled with boxes donning the logos, of Amazon, Macy's and other online vendors.

Hudson believes that the influx of free shipping opportunities online motivate people to shop this way.

Even she admits that much of her own shopping is done online for the purpose of security and convenience.

UPS in Columbia is preparing for a similar wave of mail, which it expects will get underway early next week.

With a staff of mostly college students, manager Andrea Parton, has been frantically scheduling people to man the busy shifts.

She says they hope to get customers in and out in 15 minutes or less, even during busy times.

Both women encourage people to ship early, whether it be from online or not.

Shipping deadlines differ for many of these services, but most carriers have their guidelines available in stores and online.

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