According the United States Postal Service, December 15 is the busiest mailing day of the year, often accounting for a 25 percent increase in business each year. Over 640 million packages will be shipped today. This is because today is the last day packages can be sent out nationally and arrive by December 24 via standard post. USPS is expecting a 12 percent increase this year over last year’s holiday season cargo and a delivery of over 1.5 million cards.
As quoted by KPCC, Post Office spokesman Richard Maher says,
We’re looking at 470 million packages delivered during the holiday season… People are feeling good, so they’re spending more money. And more people are shopping online.”
In the same article, KPCC recommends the following tips for consumers who are planning to ship presents in time for the holidays.
- Today is the last day one can ship a package via standard mail and be sure it will arrive by Christmas. That said, December 20 is the last day one can ship a package via priority or first class mail and December 23 is the very last chance to ship a package via priority mail express and have it delivered by the next day.
- Be sure to track outgoing and incoming packages online. USPS allows priority mail to now me tracked online, and consumers can even sign up for email and text message notifications for up dates on shipments.
- Avoid the lines today by going to post offices with self-serve kiosks, which can be located via the online USPS post office finder.
- One can skip the trip to the post office altogether by printing the shipping label at home and scheduling a shipment and pick up online for free.
Karen Mazurkiewicz, spokesperson for USPs, says,
We’re giving people the opportunity to get a jump on that. We’re out delivering in some areas on Sunday. We’re just making sure we get all the ducks in a row so our customers can get their packages out by Christmas.”
Don’t wait until the last minute- if consumers want mail delivered in time for the holidays be sure to get those packages out sooner rather than later.
Read more here- “USPS Goes the Extra Mile to Ensure Packages are Delivered,” (Chinh Doan, KETV)