Postal workers share tips as Black Friday kicks off the busy delivery season.
Black Friday sales kick off the busiest period for postal and delivery workers as shoppers load up on deals and gifts. As these employees begin working around the clock to get parcels to homes, some have offered tips for those expecting a package this season.
“It’s amazing how much it’s changed over the years to accommodate the growth of parcels and online shopping,” said Alma Dew, a 25-year veteran of the Canada Post plant in London, Ont. where she currently works as a clerk.
It’s hard to say how many parcels go through the Highbury Avenue facility at this time of year, but Dave said it’s a lot.
“When I first started here, we literally handled one parcel at a time,” he said. “Now we have some machines that help us and read them much faster than we can and keep it flowing.”
While machines can help manage demand, there’s always a chance that human error will slow it down. Sometimes, the sender is at fault.
Dave’s advice is to double-check the accuracy of the labels and include the phone number on the package.
“That way we can make that phone call to correct anything that needs to be corrected and not send it back to somebody,” said Davie, adding that Canada Post does its best to ensure That the mail reaches the right destination.
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“Delivering mail is not an easy job,” said Albert Tessio, a longtime letter carrier who has done the job for 35 years. He walks at a speed of 30 km/day and carries as much mail as he can handle at a time.
He points out that the holiday season brings additional risks for letter carriers, including stairs and snow-covered walkways when it gets dark earlier than usual.
His advice to residents is to scan the surroundings for hazards and shovel. They also say that Christmas lights can be a surprising delivery problem for people unfamiliar with their surroundings.
“A lot of people have cords in their lawns. Just be aware of your surroundings,” Tessio said.
There are no breaks for letter carriers during the season, and now they are starting to work on weekends as parcels are sent on a number of cultural holidays apart from Christmas.
Tiseo said it was worth it.
“The best part is seeing his reaction when you go to the door to get their parcel or their Christmas card,” he said.
“That’s why we’re all here, you know, working late over Christmas and starting our parcel deliveries on Sunday. [Customers] Excited to see us at the weekend. They really appreciate us coming so it makes the tough weather worthwhile.