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Why Your Holiday Gifts Might Now Arrive via U-Haul

With only one week to go until Christmas, delivery services are in overdrive, not only trying to keep up with those who demand next-day shipping for dad’s holiday socks, but also trying to deliver all of the regular mail too.

This is why FedEx, UPS, and even the U.S. Postal Service are now increasingly relying on rental trucks at this time of year—yes, the same trucks you can rent out when moving to your new apartment are now the trucks that deliver your holiday packages as well.

As reported by the Washington Post, the Postal Service is struggling to transition from a service that historically dealt with flat, first-class mail, to now handling increasingly bulky packages. This is putting a strain on its aging fleet, which generally wasn’t built for handling such large loads. To complicate matters, the Postal Service’s congressionally-mandated budget makes it difficult to replace old trucks at a rate appropriate with demand.

So in answer, carriers, including USPS are using rental trucks as a cost-saving measure. Rentals can be called upon during during peak times without creating the problem of masses of unused trucks during the rest of the year.

“You build your fleet around your typical needs, and in December you have these peak load periods,” said Jim Sauber, chief of staff at the National Association of Letter Carriers. “Anybody wouldn’t build as many vehicles as they need in December, because the rest of the year you have too many vehicles.”

But if you’re planning on moving out before the end of the holidays, no need to worry. According to experts there are more than enough trucks to go around for both businesses and consumers alike.

“Despite the high demand for U-Haul rentals from UPS, FedEx and USPS, we still have more than enough equipment to take care of the individuals and families who are do-it-yourself movers,” said U-Haul spokesman Jeff Lockridge.