Winter storms are causing another logistics nightmare for UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service this week which is delaying many shipments, pick-ups, and closing hubs and regional sorting facilities.
The impact of the storms is causing network disruptions for all carriers as many logistics routes are not available and packages are piling up in regional facilities waiting on hubs or logistics operations to resume in affected areas.
UPS has suspended pickups and deliveries in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Please see the UPS Service Alerts page for more details.
FedEx has issued an Excel sheet with impacted states, cities, and zip codes. The carrier is even suggesting that shippers contact recipients if they are open or even able to receive deliveries, presumably to avoid overloading their network with temporaritly stranded packages around the country that cannot be moved due to the winter storms.
The U.S. Postal Service has issued the following service bulletins for Texas and Alabama. But it seems more areas are likely impacted by the storms in some form. Also, U.S. Priority Mail Express shipments are usually carried by FedEx in the U.S and therefore may also be delayed due to operational challenges by FedEx.
- Texas: Due to severe winter weather conditions and power outages, retail and delivery offices within three-digit ZIP Codes 733, 765, 766, 779, 780, 781, 782, 783, 784, 785, 786, 787, 788, 789, 797, 798 and 885 are temporarily closed until further notice. In ZIP Code 799 business is being conducted as usual.
- Alabama: All Post Offices that were closed due to severe winter weather conditions have resumed normal operations. This includes retail services and mail delivery.
And for the rest of the week, it’s not looking much better and shippers should brace for more delays and problems as more snow and ice is hitting already impacted areas from the previous storm.
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