NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The customers steadily come into the UPS Store in Nacogdoches. A typical scene at most any shipping franchise this late in December.
"Monday is the deadline for getting something by ground, which is the least expensive, to any place in the country," said Jodie Stone, the owner of UPS Store. "And we're going to be open Sunday to help take the edge off for our employees and our customers."
Thursday more than 500 packages stacked up in Stone's store. The UPS man says together they weighed more than 2,000 pounds. The boxes don't represent just Christmas presents. College students contribute to the seasonal rush.
"A lot of them are prepaid text books that they've been renting during the semester and are returning," Stone said.
Those annoying shipping peanuts that tend to jump for freedom once a package is opened are used less and less. Stone, a Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful board member, prefers inflatable packaging instead.
Both shipping materials are recyclable. Stone likes that many customers bring them back for reuse. But before that can happen the sender needs to get those packages off. Christmas is just days away.