ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- ’Tis the season, and for the 237th year the U.S. Postal Service is ready for The Best Holiday Ever! with 365 million packages expected to be delivered this holiday season — a 20 percent increase over 2011.
The Postal Service projects the record-breaking increase in its competitive package business due to consumers’ growing fondness for shopping online. In total, nearly 18 billion cards, letters and packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
“This is one of the most exciting and busiest times of the year for the Postal Service, whether you’re sending a holiday card to Kentucky or military care package to Afghanistan, our employees do what it takes to process and deliver every single one,” said Rockford acting Postmaster Steve Webb.
The Postal Service recently announced mailing and shipping forecasts for the 2012 holiday season. The busiest mailing day for holiday cards/packages is Monday, December 17, when more than 655 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed — compared to 538 on an average day. The busiest delivery day for letters will be Wednesday, December 19 and the busiest day for packages will be Thursday, December 20.
“We’re gearing up for the holiday rush,” said Webb. “Will be ready to handle the record increase in package volume.”
Holiday Shipping Made Easy
Customers are encouraged to visit usps.com/cheer, a new dedicated holiday website, to learn how the Postal Service can make shipping during the holidays easy. “At usps.com/cheer, customers can print shipping labels, order free Priority Mail boxes, purchase postage and request a free package pickup — all with the touch of a finger,” added Webb. “And for most packages, consumers can enter label numbers at usps.com and check delivery status with the Track and Confirm tool.”
With more than one million visitors a day to usps.com, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, and nearly 400,000 customers expected to print shipping labels using Click-N-Ship on Monday, Dec. 19, the Postal Service is sure to be the best shipping deal in Anytown, USA, adds Webb.
Beat the Rush — Mail Early>
To help customers beat the rush and know the all-important mailing and shipping deadlines, Webb stressed that mailing early is key and advised customers to take note of the following dates:
Simple Tips for Holiday Mailing and Shipping
Given the busy season ahead, here are a few simple tips sure to help customers avoid those holiday hassles and keep the season merry.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.