Delays! Backlog! Over capacity! Why no outcry from GOP to repeal UPS?


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What a shame, what timing. So much product undelivered, so many people being deprived of their meds, such a major surge to meet demand, such disappointment, such frustration, so many people working overtime to resolve unexpected problems, and so little time. Nope. UPS.

They're swamped.

So now it's UPS apologizing all over the place for a huge backlog and all kinds of delays, just like-- Who was that again? Oh yeah-- President Obama did when the website roll out of the Affordable Care Act had similar problems.


[T]he company's backlog left some Americans with gifts missing from under the Christmas tree Wednesday morning. [...] In a statement, the company explained that "the volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network immediately preceding Christmas so some shipments were delayed."

"We know how hard it is for everyone to receive their holiday packages, and we're working around the clock to resolve this issue," Black said. [...]

Asked why the company underestimated the volume of air packages it would receive, Black noted that previous severe weather in the Dallas area had already created a backlog. Then came "excess holiday volume" during a compressed time frame, since the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas was shorter than usual this year.

Add to that the consumer trend of doing more shopping online, she said. [...]

Some customers received messages from alerting them of the "failure in the UPS transportation network." In the message, the company offered to refund shipping charges and provide gift cards.

And yes, even delivery of vital medicines have been held up, so health care for many Americans was also put on hold.

Sound familiar? Anyone hear outrage over this from Republicans? Anyone see furious GOP Congress members all over the Tee Vee Machine demanding a repeal of the United Parcel Service?

Me neither.

  • Paddy

    Hmmm, I do believe a local community college will give you and Bill reading comprehension tests for little or no payment. I'm thinking it would come in handy with your tendency to type prior to your brain kicking into gear. Or you could just let google do the work- try "snark", "humor" and "tongue in cheek". "Self importance" seems to apply here also.

  • Oh please.

  • Paul Austin

    Actually, Gotta, Bill's first sentence would indicate that you should perhaps take a little of your own advice. Furthermore, the author, attempting to make humor of the misfortune of millions of scrambling uninsured people seems a bit insensitive. Even for an apparent liberal.

  • Once again, Bill, you fail to note tongue in cheek writing. Lighten up a little.

  • You aren't serious. On one hand you are talking about a system prepared for two years for a known task affecting life and death and funded by hundreds of millions in taxpayer money, that turns out to be incapable of doing the task it was designed to do. On the other hand you are talking about an unpredicted surge of toys over a short term period of a normally effective service for which government funding had zero involvement. And you want the Republicans to get equally excited about both. You need to develop a sense of proportion. Get help, pal, you have a problem.

  • iloveobama

    This is a sign of the times. 5 years ago anyone could have told you that online shopping would increase. UPS and FedEx should have been buying more airplanes and hiring like crazy. Instead it has been cuts and layoffs. Economy doing well? I'd take a second look.

  • Gindy51

    I talked to my rural postal worker right Christmas and he said that in his 36 years of home delivery he had never seen so many packages being shipped. I think online shopping was way up over last year and THAT is the real reason for the backlog. Severe weather happens all the time and is a lame excuse unless you are flying human beings and need to make sure they are safe from harm (iced wings, downdrafts, tornadoes).
    UPS uses the postal service to deliver packages and pays them $1 each package so their drivers do not have to go out into the rural areas if their load is too light in that area.

  • theoldsheepherder

    The only "reasonable" way for UPS to solve these issues is to fully fund their retirement system for employees not born yet, stop service on Saturday and close a bunch of branches just like the GOP mandated the Post Office do so UPS could skim their business. How's that efficient private sector working out for you?