Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

There's still time to ship a gift for Christmas - but not much

Time running out on holiday mailing, shipping, delivery arriving by Christmas All hands on deck for USPS' busiest day
Kenneth Drake | 21 December, 2017, 01:36

Do not be alarmed if you hear some early morning clatter.

USPS says they are expecting to deliver 3 billion pieces of mail just this week, making it the busiest week of the year.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the last day to ship a package to a loved one via priority mail is today, due to the high volume of mail being delivered during the holiday season. See if your family or friends would prefer receiving their gifts at a secure place, like work. "That's the way it usually is, and it looks like it will be that way again this year", said Smith.

But it's our mail carriers, going the extra mile.

This is the first time postal workers are making deliveries starting at Four a.m.


"I think we processed over 800 packages here yesterday", owner Eric Davenport said.

"If they have a package with a prepaid label, to have that taped to the box and have the box taped up", Davenport said. Postal spokesman Augustine "Auggie" Ruiz took us behind the proverbial curtain, to see the USPS' ramped-up operation. Around a third (36%) incorrectly thought that they should contact the delivery company and one in seven (13%) said that did not know who to contact.

Smith and Johnson said it seems there are more people shipping packages.

Mary Ann Norwood is shipping her Christmas gifts at the last minute, but she's got a good excuse. Her son also got to visit with Santa in the lobby of the post office.

"OK, that's fine", said Vang.

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