Want Your Package Same Day? You May Have to Wait

March 25, 2020


With 43% of the US population now being asked to stay home due to the pandemic, shopping online is soaring and this is putting extra stress on the last mile. As a result, a number of e-commerce retailers, grocery and other consumer product goods retailers and logistics providers are hiring including:

  • Amazon to hire 100,000 full and part-time positions at fulfillment centers and delivery networks across the U.S.
  • Walmart announced is hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May for its stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. The roles will initially be temporary, but many may be converted to permanent roles.
  • Kroger supermarkets announced it will hire 10,000 full- and part-time workers for their retail stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers.
  • 7-Eleven stores are hiring up to 20,000 people citing an anticipated surge in delivery shopping through its new app.
  • Instacart plans to hire 300,000 more workers as demand surges for grocery deliveries

The high demand has resulted in longer delivery times, including from Amazon. In a statement, a spokesperson for the e-commerce provider said, “To serve our customers in need while also helping to ensure the safety of our associates, we’ve changed our logistics, transportation, supply chain, purchasing, and third-party seller processes to prioritize stocking and delivering items that are a higher priority for our customers. This has resulted in some of our delivery promises being longer than usual.”

Indeed, as the crisis deepens here in the U.S. demands placed on the last mile are bending it like no other time in history. FedEx and UPS have altered their signature requirements to maintain social distance requirements and they have also suspended service guarantees on all services – international and domestic.

Same day delivery is literally out the door for most of the U.S. as the pandemic takes hold of everyday lives. It will return but it will take some time. In the meantime, last mile delivery providers are doing everything possible to keep their employees safe. As for the packages themselves, we, as consumers, have been assured by scientists and the delivery providers that the packages are safe to handle.

As these last mile delivery providers step up to help us stay at home, let’s be sure to thank them for the long hours they are putting in regardless if the package is delivered same day, next day or more.

Keep up with Coronavirus service updates from FedEx, UPS and USPS.

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Want Your Package Same Day? You May Have to Wait

March 25, 2020


With 43% of the US population now being asked to stay home due to the pandemic, shopping online is soaring and this is putting extra stress on the last mile. As a result, a number of e-commerce retailers, grocery and other consumer product goods retailers and logistics providers are hiring including:

  • Amazon to hire 100,000 full and part-time positions at fulfillment centers and delivery networks across the U.S.
  • Walmart announced is hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May for its stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. The roles will initially be temporary, but many may be converted to permanent roles.
  • Kroger supermarkets announced it will hire 10,000 full- and part-time workers for their retail stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers.
  • 7-Eleven stores are hiring up to 20,000 people citing an anticipated surge in delivery shopping through its new app.
  • Instacart plans to hire 300,000 more workers as demand surges for grocery deliveries
The high demand has resulted in longer delivery times, including from Amazon. In a statement, a spokesperson for the e-commerce provider said, “To serve our customers in need while also helping to ensure the safety of our associates, we’ve changed our logistics, transportation, supply chain, purchasing, and third-party seller processes to prioritize stocking and delivering items that are a higher priority for our customers. This has resulted in some of our delivery promises being longer than usual.” Indeed, as the crisis deepens here in the U.S. demands placed on the last mile are bending it like no other time in history. FedEx and UPS have altered their signature requirements to maintain social distance requirements and they have also suspended service guarantees on all services – international and domestic. Same day delivery is literally out the door for most of the U.S. as the pandemic takes hold of everyday lives. It will return but it will take some time. In the meantime, last mile delivery providers are doing everything possible to keep their employees safe. As for the packages themselves, we, as consumers, have been assured by scientists and the delivery providers that the packages are safe to handle. As these last mile delivery providers step up to help us stay at home, let’s be sure to thank them for the long hours they are putting in regardless if the package is delivered same day, next day or more. Keep up with Coronavirus service updates from FedEx, UPS and USPS.

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