US Postal Service recovers from poor holiday showing in 2020
The U.S Postal Service pulled out all the stops to avoid a repeat of the 2020 holiday shipping disaster, and it worked. The Postal Service and several other private shippers reported that holiday season deliveries went smoothly for the most part. ShipMatrix, which analyzes shipping package data, reported that 96.9% of the Postal Service’s shipments were on time during a two-week period in December.news.yahoo.com
Pilot in deadly California crash repeatedly warned to climb
The air traffic controller repeated the warnings to the pilot more than a half-dozen times. Stop drifting, keep on course and a chilling, urgent plea: “Low altitude alert, climb immediately, climb the airplane.” The Cessna 340 nose-dived and clipped a UPS van in Santee after noon Monday as it was preparing to land at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego.news.yahoo.com
Executives warn customers to brace for continued shortages and price hikes in 2022: 'I half-jokingly tell people, "Order your Christmas presents now"'
"The logistics industry does not see 2022 as having any less disruption in supply chains than in 2021," the president of UPS said on Sunday.news.yahoo.com
Sen. Chuck Schumer is demanding accountability from UPS after more than 100 AP exams of high school students never made it to the College Board for grading
Nearly 50 students from Starpoint High School wrote a letter to Schumer asking him to demand action from UPS or reimburse them for the lost exams.news.yahoo.com
Georgia voting rights activists pressure big corporations to oppose GOP-backed ballot restrictions
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce previously reiterated the importance of voting rights without voicing opposition against any specific legislation. Most of the corporations have not taken a stance in the voting rights debate, instead offering broad stances on voting and elections. All six companies belong to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and all but Aflac belong to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Voting rights activists are not impressed with the statements companies have offered so far on the voting rights debate. Georgia Chamber of CommerceThe Georgia Chamber continues to engage in a bipartisan manner with leaders of the General Assembly on bills that would impact voting rights in our state.cnbc.com
Keep an eye on these 4 companies and their diversity efforts
But setting high diversity and equity goals and meeting them will help the bank even more, he said. "They have committed significant dollars to Black causes and they are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and supplier diversity." WalmartWhy it's worth watching: The Arkansas retailer created a Center for Racial Equity last June and has pumped $100 million into the operation. The racial equity center, among other things, gives grants to nonprofits that tackle problems in education, health and criminal justice. "Walmart has made a strong commitment to racial equity initiatives and has moved quickly to begin executing on those initiatives."cbsnews.com
EXPLAINER: How have storms affected COVID-19 vaccinations?
People wait in line for the opening of a 24-hour, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Meanwhile, several states have complained about vaccination delays and have had to cancel appointments. Drug wholesaler McKesson, chosen by the federal government to distribute most COVID-19 vaccines, is handling shipments to hospitals and other medical providers. Moderna’s vaccine is shipped frozen, at minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 25 to minus 15 degrees Celsius). In Tennessee, the state’s health agency said distributors have been unable to pack and ship the COVID-19 vaccine this week due to the winter weather.
Online shopping surge delivers record revenue for UPS
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)(AP) – A surge in online shopping helped UPS post record revenue during the last three months of 2020, the company said Tuesday. Its biggest customer — online shopping giant Amazon — helped fuel growth. She expects pandemic-fueled online shopping habits to stick, even as more stores reopen. “Even my relatives, who are older, are shopping online. UPS said revenue rose 21% to $24.9 billion in the three months ending Dec. 31, a record for the company.
Stuck on the tracks: Truck driver pulls woman from path of train
(NBC NEWS) – After nearly 40 years with UPS, Ken Westbrook experienced something brand new while on the job. A woman in a wheelchair was trying to cross the street in Phoenix, Arizona when she got stuck on the light rail tracks. Westbrook was stopped in his big rig, ready to turn left when he got out of the cab to help her unhitch the wheels and push her safely. “At that point, I wasn’t sure if the light rail was going to slow down or see her, so I got out so he could see me,” Westbrook said. Read more: http://bit.ly/39mQu50
Warrant: Co-worker confessed to fatally stabbing UPS driver
This undated photo of Elijah David Bertrand was provided by the Connecticut State Police, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. The 19-year-old is a suspect in the assault on a UPS truck driver in Watertown, Conn. on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Bertrand was arraigned Thursday on murder charges, accused of killing UPS driver Nathan Burk, 28, of Waterbury. Dozens of Burk's loved ones and co-workers gathered outside the Watertown UPS facility Wednesday. He was such a good soul,” said Kerry Langdeau, of Waterbury, told the TV station.
UPS driver dies after assault; co-worker taken into custody
This undated photo of Elijah David Bertrand was provided by the Connecticut State Police, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. The 19-year-old is a suspect in the assault on a UPS truck driver in Watertown, Conn. on Tuesday, Dec. 22. (Connecticut State Police via AP)WATERTOWN, Conn. – A UPS employee sought in a deadly assault on a co-worker was taken into custody Wednesday, Connecticut state police said. The two men apparently were riding in the same vehicle before the assault, Connecticut State Police Trooper Joseu Dorelus said at a news conference. State troopers initially responded to a call about an accident involving a UPS truck in Watertown around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
WATCH LIVE: Gov. Greg Abbott to provide update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Texas
Greg Abbott is scheduled to speak at 8:45 a.m. Central time Thursday from the UPS distribution center in Austin about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution program in Texas. Nearly a quarter-million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine have been arriving at hospitals and health care facilities around Texas this week, with another batch anticipated shortly after federal emergency-use approval of the Moderna vaccine, which is expected Friday. Texas is on deck to receive 1.4 million doses before the end of the year as part of the first phase of the largest national immunization program in American history. Front-line health care workers, after nine months of battling the deadly disease that has claimed more than 300,000 lives nationally and nearly 25,000 in Texas, are first in line for the injections, which began in Texas on Monday. Abbott will be joined Thursday by Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd and Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt.
SHIPPING DEADLINES: Send your gifts by these dates to make sure they arrive for the holidays
[MORE: These 3 apps will help you find the best holiday shopping deals, experts say | Doing a little online shopping? If you’re shipping gifts you want to arrive in time for Christmas, here are some recommended send-by dates for expected delivery by Dec. 25:USPS (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)Domestic Mail Class/Product Send-by Date USPS Retail Ground Service Dec. 15 First-Class Mail Service Dec. 18 Priority Mail Service Dec. 19 Priority Mail Express Service Dec. 23Click here for USPS holiday shipping dates for Alaska and Hawaii, military bases and overseas addresses. UPSShipping Option Send-by Date UPS Ground Dec. 15 UPS 3 Day Select Dec. 21 UPS 2nd Day Air Dec. 22 UPS Next Day Air Dec. 23Click here for more details on UPS holiday shipping. FedEx (U.S. to U.S.)Shipping Option Send-by Date FedEx SmartPost (certain exceptions apply) Dec. 9 FedEx Home Delivery Dec. 15 FedEx Ground Dec. 15 FedEx Express Saver Dec. 21 FedEx 3 Day Freight Dec. 21 FedEx 2 Day Dec. 22 FedEx 2 Day A.M. Dec. 22 FedEx 2 Day Freight Dec. 22 FedEx 1 Day Freight Dec. 23 FedEx Extra Hours Dec. 23 FedEx Standard Overnight Dec. 23 FedEx Priority Overnight Dec. 23 FedEx First Overnight Dec. 23 FedEx SameDay Dec. 25 FedEx SameDay City Priority Dec. 25 FedEx SameDay City Direct Dec. 25Click here to see last-day-to-ship dates if you’re planning to send gifts to Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico or other destinations. AmazonAmazon has not released its 2020 holiday shipping calendar, but last year, the company recommended buyers send products no later than Dec. 22 or Dec. 23 for a Dec. 25 arrival.
Shipping deadlines: This is when you need to send your packages for arrival by Christmas
With the coronavirus pandemic altering lots of holiday plans this year, shippers are preparing for a significant increase in the number of packages that will need to be delivered. Here are the shipping deadlines you need to know if you want your packages to arrive by Dec. 25. Postal ServiceFor the lower 48 states:Dec. 15 -- Retail Ground ServiceDec. 18 -- First-Class Mail ServiceDec. 19 -- Priority Mail ServiceDec. 23 -- Priority Mail Express ServiceFor Alaska:Dec. 18 -- First-Class Mail ServiceDec. 19 -- Priority Mail ServiceDec. 21 -- Priority Mail Express ServiceFor Hawaii:Dec. 15 -- First-Class Mail ServiceDec. 15 -- Priority Mail ServiceDec. 21 -- Priority Mail Express ServiceClick here for international shipping deadlines for USPS. FedExDec. 9 -- FedEx Smart PostDec. 15 -- FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx GroundDec. 21 -- FedEx Express Saver, FedEx 3Day FreightDec. 22 -- FedEx 2Day, FedEx 2Day A.M., FedEx 2Day FreightDec. 23 -- FedEx 1Day Freight, FedEx Extra Hours, FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx First OvernightDec. 25 -- FedEx SameDay, FedEx SameDay City Priority, FedEx SameDay City DirectClick here for international shipping deadlines for FedEx. UPSDec. 15 -- UPS GroundDec. 21 -- UPS 3 Day SelectDec. 22 -- UPS 2nd Day AirDec. 23 -- UPS Next Day AirDec. 25 -- UPS is closed, but UPS Express Critical is availableShipments to certain destinations may require an earlier ship date.
UPS hiring nearly 3,000 seasonal workers in Houston
HOUSTON – UPS is hosting its annual one-day hiring blitz, known as UPS Brown Friday, on Friday. The company is hiring at least 50,000 new employees across the country, including about 3,000 positions in Houston. Applicants can conduct in-person or virtual interviews, and the company will be making job offers on the spot. According to UPS, nearly 40% of seasonal workers last year came back to a permanent job after the holidays. Houston-area UPS job fairs on Friday:Willowbrook 11802 N Gessner Road, Houston, TX 77064, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PMStafford: 13922 Stafford Rd, Stafford, TX 77477, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PMSweetwater: 8330 Sweetwater Lane, Houston, TX 77037, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PMMykawa: 7110 Mykawa Rd, Houston, TX 77033, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PMTo learn more about virtual and in-person hiring fairs, viewers can visit UPSjobs.com/brownfriday.
UPS truck driver killed in shootout identified
MIRAMAR, Fla. – Friends and family have identified the UPS truck driver who was killed in a shootout between police and the suspects who held him hostage, reports KPRC 2 partner WPLG. Friends identified the 27-year-old victim in Thursday afternoon’s shootout as Frank Ordonez. The FBI said four people, including the UPS driver, were killed after robbers stole the driver's truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire in Miramar. It was not immediately clear who fired the shots that killed the UPS driver or the bystander. “We are deeply saddened that UPS service provider Frank Ordonez passed away from a senseless act of violence on Dec. 5, 2019,” UPS said in a statement.
Want your package to arrive by Christmas 2019? A guide to all your shipping deadlines
Postal ServiceDec. 14: USPS Retail Ground shipments ✅Dec. 18: Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail ✅Dec. 19: Hawaii to mainland First-Class Mail and Priority Mail, also Alaska Priority Mail ✅*There’s still time for dates below! Dec. 20: First-Class Mail ServiceDec. 21: Priority Mail; Also deadline for Alaska and Hawaii to the mainland through Priority Mail ExpressDec. 23: Priority Mail ExpressTrying to send something overseas or to a member of the military? Click or tap here to check out the guide we followed from USPS, and to learn more about your mailing specifics and guidelines. FedExDec. 9: SmartPost ✅Dec. 16: Ground and home delivery ✅Dec. 19: Express Saver ✅*There’s still time for the dates below! As for Amazon deadlines, you’re likely looking at Dec. 22 or Dec. 23, depending on if you’re a Prime member, where you live and what you’re ordering.
Wedding dress lost in recent floods, bride still searching shortly before nuptials
HOUSTON – The recent flood disaster left many with frayed nerves, especially for one woman who spent days waiting for a very important delivery — her wedding dress. Future bride Sarah Taylor continues to wait and search for the dress, just weeks before her big day. The hunt and purchase of a wedding dress is a tedious process, most fiancés and former brides can relate to. "The process of getting a wedding dress and creating one is very long (and) takes a very long time,” she said. She said UPS is paying for a new dress to be sent, although she fears it won’t arrive in time for the wedding.