U.S. Postal Service gears up for large amount of holiday mail

November 19, 2018

Aiken residents will be among millions of Americans this upcoming holiday season sending cards and packages through the U.S. mail.

The U.S. Postal Service said the service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion “cheerful” deliveries between the period of Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to a release.

“The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season,” said Megan J. Brennan, postmaster general and CEO, said in the release. “We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows. Our dedicated employees are proud to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper.”

Once again, the Postal Service announced it is expanding Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 25. The service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, but officials anticipate the service delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays this December.

There will also be mail carriers delivering packages on Christmas Day in select locations, the release states.

Residents are also reminded that mail workers will be processing mail for overseas recipients with the Department of Defense and the Department of State.

Interestingly, the Department of Defense measures their mail volumes in pounds not pieces, and it’s expected that mail workers will process more than 16 million pounds of mail for those recipients overseas between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping, but instead, the busiest time is now two weeks before Christmas, according to the release.

Starting the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase, and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks. The week of Dec. 17 to Dec. 23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, with nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, being processed and delivered.

The U.S Postal Service is an independent agency of the United States federal government responsible for providing postal service for all of the United States. The service, which traces its roots back to the late 1700s, is also one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution, according to the USPS website.

For more information on the U.S. Postal Service, visit usps.com.

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