The US Postal Service expects to deliver about 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats, and packages during the 2015 holiday season. And it expects to deliver 600 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, a 10.5% increase over last year’s volume.
The Postal Service will again deliver packages seven days a week in select major cities and high-volume areas beginning Nov. 29, for the four Sundays before Christmas. It expects to deliver on average approximately 5 million packages every Sunday during December.
Last year, the USPS delivered over 20 million packages on the five Sundays prior to Christmas, and an additional 118,000 packages were delivered on Christmas Day.
The USPS has over 600,000 employees, and it plans to hire 30,000 employees for the holiday season to meet the demand.
Postmaster General Megan Brennan said in a press release on Thursday that the USPS has been investing in infrastructure including package sortation equipment, new delivery vehicles and scanning technology in order to expand capacity, improve operating efficiency and provide real-time visibility. It’s her first holiday season as Postmaster after taking over from Patrick Donahoe.
As we noted yesterday, USPS is running an advertising campaign to promote its real-time delivery notification service at myusps.com, which it also promoted in Thursday’s press release.
The USPS also included its 2015 Christmas shipping deadlines:
Nov. 7 – APO/FPO/DPO Standard Post;
Dec. 8 – Priority Mail Express International
Dec. 15 – Standard Post
Dec. 19 – First Class Mail
Dec. 19 – Global Express Guaranteed
Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
The Postal Service also revealed its busiest days of the season, predicting that Monday, December 14, will be the busiest mailing and shipping day for holiday packages, letters and cards. The busiest mailing day also is expected to be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit usps.com.
Monday, December 21, is expected to be the busiest delivery day for holiday packages, cards and letters. The Postal Service anticipates that more than 30 million packages will be delivered on the peak delivery day alone.