Holiday Deliveries Delayed Due to UPS System Overload

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Many holiday gifts shipped through UPS won’t make it to their destination in time for Christmas because of delays caused by overwhelming demand, the company announced on its website Tuesday.

UPS truck

A UPS truck (Credit: zyphbear/flickr via Creative Commons)

“The volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network, as demand was much greater than the forecast,” the statement read. “As a a result a small percentage of shipments are delayed and will not be delivered today.”

UPS drivers would continue to deliver packages through Tuesday evening, according to the statement. However, the company will not be delivering on Christmas Day, the Associated Press reported.

The vast majority of the packages are expected to arrive one day after Christmas, the UPS statement said.

It is unclear how many packages were affected by the delay.

UPS is the largest package delivery service in the world.

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