NEW YORK, NY — The Postal Service kicked off the holiday shipping season announcing it will be delivering packages seven days a week now through Christmas Day due to the anticipated 13.5 percent package volume growth over last holiday season.
“The Postal Service ships more packages to more places than anyone else,” said New York District Manager Lorraine Castellano. “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 to 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 Castellano. “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 Castellano. “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 mailing early and 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 shipping using visiting the Postal Service website that will help transport the holidays. More than 75 million customers will skip the visit 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.
Extensive information about postal service products and services is available at www.usps.com .
The USPS receives no tax dollars for its operations or facilities, and covers these costs solely through the revenue received from the sale of its products and services.
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