Busiest Mailing Day Media Advisory

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Date: Contact: Name
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It’s the Busiest Mailing Day for Holiday Cards and Packages

U.S. Postal Service Ready for Last-Minute Rush

WHAT: Join (Insert Postal Officials Name) on the busiest day for mailing holiday cards let­ter and packages and a behind-the-scenes look at how mail is processed and sorted for delivery. Hear from U.S. Postal Service mailing and shipping experts how to properly pack and ship holiday gifts to ensure on-time arrival. Learn time-saving tips and discover the best bargains in shipping this holiday season.

WHO: (Insert Name(s) of Postal Official Arial, 10 pt.)

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 17

WHERE: (Insert Facility Address)

BACKGROUND: Americans will entrust more than 15.2 billion pieces of mail with the U.S. Postal Service from Thanksgiving to Christmas. This Monday, Dec. 17, is anticipated to be the busiest mailing day for holiday packages, cards and letters with volumes to reach an estimated 658 million pieces on that day.

As the U.S. Postal Service prepares for its busiest mailing day of the year, shop­pers are scrambling to send their holiday gifts and cards in time for Christmas. Here are the recommended mail-by dates:

n Dec. 14 — Parcel Post.

n Dec. 20 — First-Class Mail.

n Dec. 21 — Priority Mail.

n Dec. 22 — Express Mail.


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