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Will the holiday gifts arrive on time?

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With a bitter winter forecast for much of the country this week, Laurie Boswell, a New Hampshire resident, said she can sleep easy because she shipped her daughter’s Christmas gift from California in plenty of time during the busy shipping season.

“I made all my Christmas orders in advance — we don’t like to lose,” said Boswell, 67, who is from Franconia, New Hampshire, but spoke Tuesday from midtown Manhattan in New York.

However, current procrastinators, Boswell said, who sent gifts to their loved ones this week might not be so lucky.

“Regardless of the storm, you could still be in trouble,” she said. “You don’t want any last-minute glitches that could ruin the vacation.”

Satish Jindel, founder and president of ShipMatrix Inc., which tracks the shipping industry and its efficiency, said that carriers such as Amazon, FedEx, UPS and the US Postal Service will average 100 million packages combined per day this week. for Christmas.

“That’s a lot of packages moving across the country,” said Jindel.

He said about 70 million packages are shipped on a typical fall day.

Jindel said that this year, during the busiest season, shippers face the added hurdle of dodging Mother Nature’s wrath.

An arctic blast from Canada is expected to bring “life-threatening” cold to parts of the US before Christmas, forecasters have warned.

A strong arctic high-pressure system stretching from western Canada to the northern plains is expected to bring “very cold air” across the region as it extends into parts of the Pacific Northwest this week, the National Weather Service said. As of Tuesday morning, 46 million people were under winter alerts, from the northern plains to the Ohio Valley.

Wind chill alerts and warnings were issued in 17 states from Washington to Texas.

Jindel said the country experienced similarly cold conditions just before Christmas 2013. Packages arrived late or did not arrive at all, he said.

That year, ice storms plunged homes and businesses from Michigan to Maine and Canada into darkness, leaving tens of thousands of people without power.

“This is a reminder of what happened in the last week of Christmas 2013,” said Jindel.

Carriers, however, have learned to monitor the weather and work around storms by sending packages to more hospitable areas to reach their final destinations, he said.

Jindel expects the packages to arrive this week on the date the carriers said they would.

He said, however, that late senders may have to pay a premium to get the gifts to their destinations.

“They can wait until Friday and express order overnight, but they’ll pay $70 or $80 for a $20 gift,” Jindel said. “That is the price of procrastination.”

UPS, FedEx, Amazon and the Postal Service said in statements their employees are ready.

“UPS has a full-time team of meteorologists who monitor the weather and help us create contingency plans as winter storms develop. Our drivers are trained to deliver safely, and if we are unable to safely deliver to an area, we will resume service as soon as conditions permit,” the company said.

FedEx also said it has “contingency plans in place to help keep our team members safe and lessen any impact to the service.” She encouraged customers to check her site for service-affecting weather outages.

Sam Stephenson, an Amazon spokesman, said in a statement: “We are closely monitoring reports of severe weather across the US. Our delivery promises take forecast weather into account and delivery dates are transparently shown at checkout. purchase. look for a ‘arrive by Christmas’ message on the product page to ensure the item arrives under the tree by 12/24.”

The Postal Service said it plans for “various weather issues throughout the year”. He also said his workers have the proper equipment to do their jobs safely.

While the three companies declined to share numbers on how many packages are shipped this week, the Postal Service said customer traffic begins to pick up in the week of Dec. 5, culminating in the week of Dec. busy mail, shipping and delivery week of the season”.

Amazon fulfilled hundreds of millions of orders this holiday season, the company said.

Veronika Bo, 29, of New York City, spoke Tuesday from a post office in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

Bo said he has sent holiday gifts to friends and family across the country, including California, Colorado and Florida.

She said she never worries about whether her packages will arrive at Christmas.

“As long as it’s posted before December 25th, it’s fine,” Bo said. “It shows that you are late but still thinking about them.”

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