HARTFORD, CT— The Postal Service kicked off the holiday shipping season today by announcing it will be delivering packages seven days a week starting the week of November 21st through Christmas Day due to the anticipated 10.5 percent package volume growth over last holiday season.
“The Postal Service ships more packages to more places than anyone else,” said Connecticut Valley District Manager David Mastroianni, who oversees postal operations in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, from New Bedford to the Berkshires. “During the holidays, we’re raising the bar with enhanced tracking and Sunday delivery and by providing excellent service and reliability that only Santa can compete with.”
Sunday package delivery continues our commitment to provide the Postal Service’s customers superior service as the nation’s mail carrier continues to respond for the increase in package business stemming from the growth in e-commerce.
“Every household in America relies on us to get their packages in home for the holidays and we take great pride in our commitment to deliver on that expectation,” said Mastroianni. “We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to deliver for our customers.”
Due to continued e-commerce growth and improvements to its Priority Mail product line, the Postal Service is expecting its package business this holiday season to balloon to nearly 600 million packages.
“America is going to watch us deliver a record amount of packages this holiday season – it’s crunch time for the entire organization,” said Mastroianni. “We have stepped up our game to assure each and every customer that USPS can be counted on to deliver their cards, gifts and letters in time for the holidays.”
For expected delivery of holiday mail and packages by Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following domestic mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:
- Dec. 15 – Standard Post
- Dec. 19 – First Class (cards and letters)
- Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
- Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
Consumers can avoid holiday hassles by visiting usps.com — the Postal Service’s website that will help make mailing and shipping easier. More than 75 million customers will skip the trip to the Post Office altogether and take advantage of convenient online shipping this holiday season. Click-N-Ship and other online services allow customers to print shipping labels, order free Priority Mail boxes, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.
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