FedEx Warns of Shipping Delays as Omicron Hurts Staffing Levels

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Severe winter storms are also damaging deliveries nationwide, including at the company’s Memphis, Tenn., hub.

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Severe winter storms are also posing challenges across the country, including at its main air hub in Memphis, Tenn., FedEx said, adding that “the health and safety of our team members is our top priority.”

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FedEx is creating contingency plans to minimize service disruptions, including diverting packages to deliver to its ground division.

The notice reveals the highly transmitted COVID-19 variant on employers across the country. Passenger airlines have been badly hit by the cancellation of 1,000 flights for 13 consecutive days.

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FedEx has struggled over the past year to adequately staff its vast delivery network due to the pandemic and a tight labor market, which requires the company to resend hundreds of thousands of packages every day to locations with enough workers. it occurs.

Company executives said last month that higher pay, longer paid time off, flexible scheduling and other incentives have helped FedEx attract and retain enough employees to operate during the busiest times of the year.

Other major carriers say the latest version has had no effect on service levels.

“The call-outs are not affecting our ability to serve our customers,” a United Parcel Service Inc.

spokesman said on Friday. UPS plans to hire 100,000 seasonal employees to work during peak shipping season, which runs through the end of January, and many are still in their roles.

UPS requires workers with symptoms such as fever or respiratory symptoms to seek medical treatment. “We don’t want them to come to work if they are sick,” the spokesperson said.

A spokesman for the US Postal Service said that although it would not provide details on positive COVID-19 cases, “I can assure you that the Postal Service has the resources, including adequate staff, to meet the service needs of our customers. ,

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