Online Santa Needs More Elves, Sleds and Reindeer

Sluggish holiday deliveries may be a harbinger of delays to come.

Like many of your Christmases, ours was light a few presents. I didn't wait until the last moment to order, but several of my packages got caught up in the general logistical meltdown that afflicted our nation's retailers and shipping companies in the week before Christmas. One company abruptly informed me that the roaster I'd ordered hadn't shipped, and it wasn't going to, either. The truffle honey meant as a stocking stuffer for my husband has been in transit to the shipper for the better part of a week. Books ordered well in advance simply didn't show up, or they arrived the day after Christmas.

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