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Thu Nov 9 2017 14:16:00

USPS Veterans Day Holiday Observance Causes Confusion

By: Ina Steiner

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There has been confusion about when the US Postal Service is observing Veteran's Day this year, and online sellers are among those getting mixed messages.

USPS spokesperson David Partenheimer confirmed today that the Post Offices will be open on tomorrow and closed on Saturday. "Since the actual Veterans Day (as opposed to the federal observance) falls on a Saturday this year, our operations are different than in most years. There will be mail delivery tomorrow and there will be retail services tomorrow. On Saturday, there will be no regular mail delivery and retail offices will be closed."

He sent us the industry alert the Postal Service issued about the observance:

Veteran' Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017
On Saturday, November 11th, the Postal Service will observe Veteran’s Day which is a federal holiday. Local Post Offices will be closed and there will be no mail delivery or retail service on this day. Post Offices will reopen for business on Monday, November 13th.

All operations including Retail Window Service and Delivery Operations, will follow their normal operating schedule on Friday, November 10, 2017. 

Mailers that have publications or newspapers scheduled for Saturday delivery should induct their mail earlier to have it delivered before Saturday; otherwise the mail will be delivered on Monday, when normal operations resume.

Unfortunately some online shipping programs may be incorrect, as this Amazon thread indicates. We're waiting to hear back from Partenheimer if he knows about any errors with the online postage software.

And may readers who served have a happy Veterans Day!




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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Nov 9 16:04:45 2017

Ebay was confused to like many of the rest of us.  They now have it fixed to my knowledge.  

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by: I Must be Crazy This user has validated their user name.

Thu Nov 9 16:58:24 2017

Actually, Ebay has it wrong. I have two items that sold today with a ship by date of 12:59 am on 11/14. I offer one business day handling. That is next Tuesday.

They also have had things off by one hour since the time change last Sunday. Apparently Ebay didn't change their clock.

One would think somebody at Ebay has to be smarter than this. Lucky for them, most of their sellers will obtain their own answers and handle their business accordingly.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Fri Nov 10 15:50:57 2017

Post office was open today.  Closed tomorrow...EXCEPT Amazon deliveries.  Got to love the USPS, which employs veterans, having to work on Veterans Day so Scamazon, who isn't even paying full freight, can squeeze a few more nickels out of the economy...

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Fri Nov 10 17:52:31 2017

@I Must Be Crazy

"They also have had things off by one hour since the time change last Sunday."

At ebafia, only being an hour off is perfection.

Most of the coding is done overseas who don't do our daylight savings time.

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by: I Must be Crazy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Nov 10 23:39:55 2017

"Most of the coding is done overseas who don't do our daylight savings time."

Which is why one of the over paid executives at Ebay should be on top of this sort of thing. Is anyone REALLY running the place, or are they doing like most corporate types and just showing up, talking about how great they are, and collecting the corporate handout more commonly known as a paycheck.

I think we know the answer.

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This user has validated their user name. by: SparklingSisters

Mon Nov 13 01:58:07 2017

At the beginning of every year, I go to the USPS website to see what days they will be closed and I mark it on my Etsy website and on my daily sales tracker spreadsheet.  It said they were closed on Friday.  So at some point since the beginning of the year, USPS changed it.  So the confusion originally stemmed from USPS as they had it posted wrong on their website in January!

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by: bb6 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Nov 13 09:59:23 2017

I agree with SparklingSisters .  I marked my whole calendar at the beginning of the year.  It originally said closed Friday. Then I found out Friday that things were switched up and they were actually opened Friday and closed Saturday. I blame the post office for making the change and not telling anyone.  

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by: Bethofvt This user has validated their user name.

Mon Nov 13 10:09:04 2017

USPS recently made change to Holiday date on its website, you say? I guess I would call it recent. I checked on Wednesday to see when the holiday was and it was listed as being closed on Friday.  yes, on 11/9/17, the USPS site had the holiday still listed as being Friday. After I got into a disagreement with several people on Facebook about it on Thursday, I checked again and it had been changed. Nice going USPS, you really make it easy to plan ahead.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Nov 14 12:12:48 2017

Well, here's the Holiday schedule for 2018

https://post-office-holidays.com/usps-holidays-2018/



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