Here’s why some of your holiday deliveries might be late this year

If your Cyber Monday orders haven’t arrived to your house yet, you’re not alone.

UPS says they’re a bit behind schedule because, well, everyone else ordered packages, too!

Because of the surge in online orders after Thanksgiving, a small percentage of packages will be arriving late. The good news? They’re only running one or two days behind schedule, so you’ll still have your presents for Christmas.

According to the Wall Street Journal, UPS notified workers at more than 100 delivery centers that it may be raising their work hours to 70 over an eight-day period, which is up from 60 hours over seven days.

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The amount of people ordering packages on Cyber Monday is hardly surprising, considering the growth in online shopping, but this year, Amazon did better than ever before. The online retailer said this year’s Cyber Monday was the company’s single biggest shopping day of all time, shattering its own records.

“Customers purchased millions of Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices this weekend, and Alexa devices were the top sellers across all of Amazon,” Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon devices & services, said in a statement.


Of course, that’s not surprising given Amazon had some pretty amazing discounts on their products, like the Echo Dot for $29.99 and $40 off the Amazon Echo speaker and assistant. The company’s Fire TV Stick was also discounted to $24.99, leading customers to purchase 2.7 times as many Fire TV Sticks as they did in the same period last year.

The deals were so good, in fact, that Amazon says the Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were not only the best-selling Amazon devices, but were the best-selling products from any manufacturer in any category across all of!


But the sales numbers for Cyber Monday extend beyond just Amazon, with a record-breaking $6.59 billion in Cyber Monday online sales overall. Purchases made on smartphones also broke a record, with $2 billion in sales according to Adobe, meaning people are no longer sitting on their computers waiting for deals.

So while we all might have to wait a few more days for our goodies, given the money we likely saved, it sure seems worth it to me!

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