There is only one more weekend for Christmas shoppers to prepare for the big gift-giving holiday, and the U.S. Postal Service said today, December 15th, will be its busiest mailing day of the year.
The USPS said it expects to process more than 640 million cards, letters and packages. That would compare to the 607 million pieces of mail processed on its busiest day last year. It attributed the growth in part to advertising and mail package volume.
As for when you should expect to see the most mail trucks in your neighborhood, the busiest delivery day for cards will be Wednesday, December 17th, and the busiest delivery day for packages will be Thursday, December 18th.
The Postal Service is expecting to process and deliver more than 12.7 billion greeting cards and 470 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve this year, up about 12% from 2013.
And this year, many people are getting a happy surprise in the Sundays leading up to the holiday – the Postal Service is delivering seven days a week in major cities and high-volume areas as well as on Christmas Day.
Dec. 20 is the deadline to send greeting cards, packages and letters to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. For the last-minute shoppers, Dec. 23 is the deadline for sending packages using Priority Mail Express.
And while shipping companies in the UK have been experiencing a meltdown (see today’s Newsflash story), the soon to retire U.S. Postmaster General is not worried about the surge of holiday-related volume in this country. “We are ready for the rush and ready to deliver,” Patrick Donahoe said in a press release. “This isn’t just our busiest time of year – it’s our season. Customers can count on the Postal Service to deliver their holiday gifts in time for Christmas as we have for the past 239 years.”
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