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Police officers with the Blount County Sheriff's Office found hundreds of packages in an Alabama ravine. 300 to 400 FedEx packages of various sizes had seemingly been thrown off a roadside. FedEx officials arrived on the scene by Wednesday evening, hours after the packages' discovery. However, FedEx wasn't able to retrieve all the packages by sundown.

The remaining packages will be collected Wednesday night. They will then be sent to their intended destinations. "We will follow up if we're able to find more information," a FedEx spokesman says. The company says it will continue to monitor the situation for the next few days.

The company rerouted over 600,000 packages a day, leading to worsening service. FedEx said it would need 90,000 holiday workers this year, 20,000 more than last year. The company—along with UPS and the U.S. Postal Service—have faced the increases in shipping that typically coincide with the gift-buying winter holiday season.

This year, consumers will be shipping packages earlier than usual due to global supply chain issues. The U.S. Postal Service says it can't guarantee the delivery of holiday packages. The Postal Service is trying to attract and retain more workers with higher wages and benefits. The federal government is also trying to reduce the cost of shipping packages.
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