US postal service is adding 45 new facilities and 40,000 seasonal workers to handle peak shipping during the holidays, postmaster says

Last year, the USPS experienced delays during the holiday season.
The Wall Street Journal was informed by Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General, that the USPS has added 45 facilities to assist.

DeJoy stated that the USPS can handle more packages than 50 million per day, an increase of 35% over last year.

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The Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that the 45 new facilities will be added by the United States Postal Service during peak holiday season to The Wall Street Journal.

DeJoy stated that the new facilities will allow for extra shipping volume and more package overflow, which will avoid delays similar to those last year.

The Journal reported that the USPS has added 112 machines to sort packages, and hired an additional 40,000 workers. The USPS claims it can handle 50 million packages per day, an increase of 35% over last year.

DeJoy stated to The Journal, "We're going kill it."

This news comes at a time when a global supply-chain crises threatens Americans' holiday shopping. Grace Kay, an Insider reporter, reported that the COVID-19 pandemic caused the crisis and there was a surge in product demand. The situation is further complicated by a shortage of workers.

Retailers are having to offer fewer sales and deals due to supply-chain problems. Retailers are experiencing a shortage of labor and port congestion, which means they have less stock and are waiting longer to receive new products.

The White House announced that some terminals would be open 24 hours a day to address this issue. Similar announcements were made previously for Long Beach's port.

On Tuesday, there were 100 ships awaiting to dock at the Port Los Angeles.