Attention Holiday Shoppers: UPS To Add Delivery Surcharges

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The first day of summer doesn't begin until Wednesday but United Parcel Service already is looking ahead to the colder seasons with plans to charge retailers an extra fee for orders placed around Black Friday and Christmas. And consumers could end up carrying that extra weight if retailers decide to pass on the cost by raising shipping fees. Online shopping has become so successful that UPS and other delivery services are a fundamental service that keeps the retail season moving. On a normal daily average, UPS handles 19 million packages. During the peak holiday season, that number jumps to more than 30 million packages a day. UPS says to meet demand, it's had to add planes, trucks and thousands of employees. The company claims the surcharges are...

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