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How the solar eclipse resulted in delivery exceptions


On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will appear in the sky and will cross the United States from coast to coast just after 10 a.m. local time in Oregon and ending just before 3 p.m. in South Carolina. The total solar eclipse will last less than a minute in some places, while a partial eclipse can be visible for an hour or more. That one minute of total eclipse viewing is causing major road congestion as people trek long distances to be in the path of totality.

Coast-to-coast traffic jams are expected. Some states even warn of vehicles becoming stranded in the bumper-to-bumper traffic caught miles from the nearest refill station. This all is bad news for those expecting packages to be delivered today.

FedEx has alerted its customers of potential delays in transit due to the effects of the solar eclipse. In a message, last updated August 18th, FedEx shared it is “closely monitoring potential effects of the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our team members, and we will implement contingency plans as necessary. Events of this nature often cause pickup and delivery delays and disruptions for FedEx customers. FedEx is prepared to provide service to the best of its ability.”

Figure 1. Alert visible on the FedEx website related to the solar eclipse.

Share a Refund takes overcharges and late delivery charges seriously. Any shipments affected by the solar eclipse will be monitored closely, handled as an exception appropriately. This will not affect any shipments for the day where a refund is reasonably expected.

Oh, and if you missed the total solar eclipse you can catch the next one on April 8, 2024. If you switch to Share a Refund now, you can use the accrued savings to pay for those fancy solar eclipse viewing glasses next time.

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