UPS has reportedly told its drivers to stop picking up from major retailers amid a surge in holiday shopping that is amplified by the coronavirus pandemic. According to The Wall Street Journal, the outlet obtained an internal message that ordered drivers are not to pick up from a handful of retailers, including Gap, Nike, Hot Topic and Macy’s. Multiple UPS workers reportedly confirmed that they were advised there would be "no exceptions."
The reason for the directive seems to be related to data that reveals online shopping has increased exponentially due to people staying home and avoiding stores, due to the rising cases of coronavirus. The WSJ also cited an estimation from The National Retail Federation, which indicated that online shopping increased 44 percent over a five-day period. This specific time span included both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
A UPS spokesperson issued a statement about the report to The Hill, saying that the company "will work …