Millions of Amazon deliveries arriving before expected February cutoff, company says

Twelve deliveries have arrived before the anticipated Feb. 14 deadline for Amazon customers to send their online holiday purchases.

The online retail giant said it expects thousands of customers to delay their holidays purchases due to a shortage of available delivery vehicles.

“We are working hard to get as many packages to customers as quickly as possible,” an Amazon spokesperson said, adding that the company received 54 million packages on Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone.

“We have additional packages expected to arrive tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 11,” the spokesperson said, referring to a day in which some online shopping may pick up.

According to Bezos, one of the busiest days of the year for Amazon is what the company calls “Super Saturday,” Feb. 3.

The past year has seen a number of online orders stymied due to a host of problems, from truck drivers being hired only in some parts of the country to packages left on doorsteps across the country by inexperienced couriers.

Trucking firm Owner-Operator Independent Drivers, which performs deliveries for Amazon, said in January that the number of packages it handled jumped 175 percent last year compared to the previous year. It warned that quality-of-service issues could arise if the rate of growth is not controlled.

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