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USPS Offers 7-Day Delivery to Keep Pace with Holiday Shopping

The U.S. Postal Service will deliver packages seven days a week in major cities and high-volume areas starting November 17 and running through Christmas Day. From an operations standpoint, keeping packages moving on those 5 Sundays before Christmas likely makes sense, rather than having packages pile up over the weekend.

The USPS is expecting 12% growth in package volume during the holiday shopping season, likely in the range of 450 to 470 million packages. It attributed the growth to ecommerce and improvements to its Priority Mail product line.

It used the opportunity to remind people it had lowered some of its prices, including in the announcement: “While its competitors recently announced price increases, the Postal Service lowered some of its prices for businesses and frequent shippers. The new Priority Mail pricing offers affordable shipping options along with improved tracking and reliability for business customers.”

Spokesperson Katina Fields said the decision to deliver on Sundays takes place at the local level, but online merchants can find out which zip codes will receive 7-day delivery on the USPS website. “Due to package growth, particularly during the holiday season, the Postal Service will deliver packages in high-volume locations to keep the network clear and moving,” she told EcommerceBytes.

“ZIP Codes will be posted on usps.com/holidaynews,” according to another spokesperson, who said, “we will be posting more than 100 locations that will be delivering on Sunday.”

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