Shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts

  • Derek Baszkiewicz frees a stuck package as parcels jam a conveyor belt Thursday at the United States Postal Service sorting and processing facility in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

PORTLAND, Maine — The last holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service: Sick and quarantined workers, a flood of packages from shoppers loath to set foot in stores and a last-minute dump of packages from overwhelmed private shippers.