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UPS More Efficient with Pod System

Bad weather earlier in the month and more online shopping is taxing delivery and carrier services to the limit this holiday season as they rush to get all the packages delivered before Christmas.

Bad weather earlier in the month and more online shopping is taxing delivery and carrier services this holiday season as they rush to get all the packages delivered before Christmas.

UPS says they're delivering thousands more packages because more people are buying online.

Sunday UPS in Wichita Falls did something they've never done in their 106 year history- they worked on a Sunday.

They are also finding more efficient ways to deliver all the packages, so don't be surprised if your package isn’t delivered to your door by the familiar big brown truck.

Packages are keeping UPS on the move and making people like Derek Allison, a celebrity during this season. “I've had people take pictures of me, talk to me, it's been interesting,” Allison said.

It's not just the gifts he's putting at your door that's making him popular, but the ride he's using to deliver them.

They got over 20 miles a gallon when we are driving them through here. So I have actually only, in the last month, filled up one time,” he said.

That, makes the entire UPS operation much more efficient. Plus the new "Pod" system they operate during the holiday season.

A month ago, Derek along with 14 others were hired as UPS driver helpers, designed to take a load off the UPS drivers in their infamous brown trucks.

And I can make it through the neighborhood pretty quick compared to the car having him get off and start and stop so it's been really efficient and timely for that,” he said.

He is assigned to just one neighborhood and delivers anywhere from 100 to 150 packages a day.

And with Wichita Falls' UPS averaging about 13,000 package deliveries a day now, it's been the perfect way to lighten the holiday load.

UPS officials say the largest volume they've seen in one day is 13,500 packages and Monday they nearly matched it with 13,100 deliveries.


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