KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Busiest Delivery Day In UPS History



Bookmark and Share

On Monday UPS workers picked up more than 30 million packages nationwide for the busiest pickup day of the year. They worked just as hard on Tues. Dec. 17, to make sure those packages made it to their destinations on time.

Eric Villanueva has been delivering packages for nearly 20 years. But he says he's never seen anything like this.

"Normally I run about 140, but I still have about 50 stops left in the truck after 5:00 p.m." said Villanueva.

That's only half of what some UPS drivers will do on the busiest delivery day of the year.

"This is the busiest day in the history of UPS. We've been in business for 100 years. Today we will deliver 29 million packages nationwide," said UPS Engineering Supervisor, Jason Bouwman.

That's 300 packages every second, for 24 hours nationwide.

"They started in the morning a little after 8:00 a.m. They go out on route, they'll deliver their packages. Some of them will be back by 5:00 of 6:00, and some of them will be in around 8:00 p.m. tonight," said Bouwman.

Drivers in Sioux Falls have about 20 thousand packages to deliver. An order that takes some extra planning.

Driver's routes have been condensed, and more have been added to make sure all the additional packages can get dropped off on time.

Villanueva says after 20 years, he's noticed some changes in people's orders.

"A lot of customers are doing a lot on the internet," said Villanueva.

Which means more packages, and more stops.

"There's so many packages we only have so many vehicles. So to make them all fit we rent vans from Budget and UHaul to make sure we can get everything delivered on time," said Bouwman.

Delivering millions of packages could present millions of problems. But Sioux Falls workers say they'll keep going until the job is done.

"Nationwide there's always an exception somewhere. In Sioux Falls we plan to have everything delivered," said Bouwman.

Even if it takes all day. If you're waiting on a package from UPS, you can sign up to receive email notifications on the status of your package at ups.com/mychoice.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

SF Sets New Building Permit Record: $610M  story with video

The City of Sioux Falls will be ringing in the New Year with a new multi-million ...

Woman Gets DUI In Hamlin Co. Crash

Authorities say a Bryant woman was driving under the influence when she crashed her car into a utility ...

Search Resumes For AirAsia Jet

Officials say ships and planes are resuming their search for AirAsia Flight 8501 ...

High Demand For Gift Cards During Holidays   story with video  Dec. 28

Update: SF Police Investigate Armed Robbery  Dec. 28

Family Says Hartford Man Died From Flu  Dec. 28

SFPD Arrests Man For Sunday Morning Murder  Dec. 28

Walmart Buys Unused & Unredeemed Gift Cards  Dec. 28

Data: Iowa School Buses Flagged For Safety Issues  Dec. 28

South Dakota Stores See Sales Spike From Tax Break  Dec. 28

South Dakota December Hog Inventory Up 4 Percent  Dec. 28

SD State Parks To Host First Day Hikes  Dec. 28

SF Police To Take Underprivileged Children Bowling  Dec. 28

Grants Available For Youth Conservation Education  Dec. 28

Mammoth Site Scientists Help Study Rare Bison  Dec. 27

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Corson Co. Collision  Dec. 27

Recent Snowfall Causing Delays & Scares   Dec. 27

Hamlin Co. Deputy: "No Ice Is Safe Ice"   story with video  Dec. 27

Hendricks Residents Welcome New Theater  story with video  Dec. 27

1 Dead, 1 Injured In Collision Near Philip  Dec. 27

KDLT News Archive
     

Family Says Hartford Man Died From Flu

An elementary school counselor from West Central ...

SFPD Arrests Man For Sunday Morning Murder

Sioux Falls Police are investigating a murder that ...

Walmart Buys Unused & Unredeemed Gift Cards

Up to $750 million in gift cards will go unused this ...

Update: SF Police Investigate Armed Robbery  Dec. 28

Woman Gets DUI In Hamlin Co. Crash  Dec. 28

High Demand For Gift Cards During Holidays   story with video  Dec. 28

Search Resumes For AirAsia Jet  Dec. 28

South Dakota Stores See Sales Spike From Tax Break  Dec. 28

KDLT News Archive
     

SDSU's Upset Bid At UNI Falls Short  story with video

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – For the second time in as many games, South Dakota ...

Coyotes Crush Milwaukee  story with video

VERMILLION, S. D. —South Dakota junior guard Casey Kasperbauer made ...

Stampede Shock Sioux City In Shootout  story with video

Sioux Falls, SD—After going over two years without a ...

PARKSTON CLASSIC: Ethan Outlasts Sully Buttes  story with video  Dec. 27

MIKE MILLER CLASSIC: Washington Rolls While Mitchell Falls  story with video  Dec. 27

Stampede Rally Past Fargo In Shootout  story with video  Dec. 27

Skyforce Snap Austin's 10-Game Win Streak  story with video  Dec. 27

ENTRINGER CLASSIC: Madison & Deuel Win Nailbiters  story with video  Dec. 27

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top