Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – With the busy holiday season right around the corner amid COVID-19, shopping and shipping early is recommended. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray spoke with people from UPS and USPS on how they are bracing for a historic shipping and delivery season.

Signed, sealed, and delivered. UPS is gearing up for this holiday season, business as usual.

“We are an essential business and we haven’t closed at all, we haven’t cut our hours back, our volume has been increasing and it’s just been busier than ever,” said Eau Claire UPS Owner, James Kenner.

Kenner says with more people staying at home and shopping online, he anticipates record volumes in the coming weeks.

“We just come here every day, and we have to keep going, it hasn’t slowed down at all,” said Kenner.

U.S. Postal Service Communications Specialist Nicole Hill says this year they anticipate COVID-19 to only add to the already busy season.

Hill said, “We’re expecting our same holiday volume coming through, what that is yet? We’re not sure yet, but we’re preparing, and we are ready to handle that volume.”

Hill says the postal service is bracing for the day after Thanksgiving to begin seeing an influx of packages.

“That’s this week, so we’ve seen increases and we’re ready,” said Hill.

The postal service began hiring additional staff when the pandemic hit in March, while both carriers have hired additional seasonal staff to accommodate higher than usual volumes.

Hill says their 642-thousand workers across the country will be working this season more now than ever with a collective mission

“To connect our customers with mailing their letters, their essential items and their correspondence from their loved ones,” said Hill.

One message they cannot stress enough, is to check shipping deadlines for Christmas day and to ship early.

In Eau Claire Phoebe Murray, First News at Nine.