Alina Selyukh - NPR

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A postal worker carries a package out of his truck in the snow

From living rooms to landfills, some holiday shopping returns take a ‘very sad path’

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It's peak season for returns, which are setting a new record. Some end up back on shelves or get resold to other merchants, and some wind up in landfills or sail overseas.
A person walks in an Ikea warehouse.

Warehouses are overwhelmed by America’s shopping spree

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The U.S. is dotted with more warehouses than ever. But they are overwhelmed by record-level imports, a lack of workers and a shopping spree of unprecedented proportions.