Christmas 2022: USPS expands operations in Philadelphia to handle holiday rush

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The United States Postal Service has expanded operations and use of technology to ship thousands of additional packages from the Philadelphia area this holiday season.

The USPS is the most used parcel service in the country, delivering not only to the common man but to almost all major corporations as well.

Employees are busy sorting thousands of packages from an outhouse in the Somerton neighborhood of northeast Philadelphia.

“That’s what we do. This is our season,” said George Ruffin, II, Operations Manager, Philadelphia Network Distribution Center.

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Ruffin said they normally use two facilities to process the region, but since the second year they have opened the annex to sort vacation packages that are sent around the world.

“Without them, we couldn’t get the packages out to our people and the American public,” Ruffin said.

Action News was the first to be given a tour of the annex and see the technology used to quickly sort the packages.

According to Ruffin, they can ship an additional 75,000 packages a day thanks to the sorting machines that can scan barcodes, read addresses, and sort the package into the correct bin for shipping.

For larger boxes, employees scan the barcode manually and the machine then tells them which lane to push them into.

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