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Postal News: USPS gears up for holidays with seven-day delivery

December 17, 2014
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The United States Postal Service kicked off the holiday shipping season by announcing it will be delivering packages seven days a week now through Christmas Day due to continued double digit package volume growth.

Sunday package delivery continues our commitment to provide our 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 taking on that responsibility," District Manager Nancy Rettinhouse said. "We're prepared to do whatever it takes to delivery for our customers."

Due to continued e-commerce growth and improvements to its Priority Mail product line, the Postal Service is expecting double-digit growth in its package business this holiday season, likely in the range of 450 to 470 million packages. That equates to roughly 12 percent to 14 percent growth over the same period last year.

"This is truly our season at the Postal Service, it is crunch time," Postmaster Leroy Middleton said. "We have stepped up our game to ensure America 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 mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:

- Dec. 15: Standard Post

- Dec. 17: Global Express Guaranteed*

- Dec. 20: First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic)

- Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express*

Consumers can avoid holiday hassles by visiting: - the Postal Service's website that will help make mailing and shipping easier.

Nearly 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.

Self-service kiosks are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Lehigh Acres Post Office, at 1201 Business Way.

Phil Wiebold is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.

*Mail-by date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance. Allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major international cities.



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