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Postal News: U.S. Postal Service delivering packages seven-days a week

December 9, 2015
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Following the success of the 2014 season, the U.S. Postal Service will again deliver packages seven days a week in many cities and high-volume areas for the four Sundays before Christmas.

The Postal Service expects to deliver a total of approximately 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats and packages during the 2015 season.

Projections are that approximately 600 million packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, which is an increase of 10.5 percent over last year's volume.

In time for the holidays, the Postal Service will offer real-time delivery notifications - meaning customers who sign up for alerts at: will receive notification within a few minutes of the delivery scan for select packages.

The Postal Service has hired additional employees, extended retail hours at many post offices and issued new holiday stamps, all in preparation for the season.

Busiest days

The Postal Service predicts that Dec. 14 will be the busiest mailing and shipping day for holiday packages, letters and cards.

The busiest mailing day also is expected to be the Postal Service's busiest day online with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit:

Dec. 21 is expected to be the busiest delivery day for holiday packages, cards and letters.

The Postal Service anticipates that more than 30 million packages will be delivered on the peak delivery day alone.

Consumers can also visit: for more information and shipping options.

Shipping deadlines

For delivery in anticipation of Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following deadlines in mind:

- Dec. 15: Standard Post

- Dec. 19: First Class Mail

- Dec. 19: Global Express Guaranteed

- Dec. 21: Priority Mail

- Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express

Extended retail hours

Select post offices throughout the area will be open longer, including on Saturdays and Sundays, leading up to Christmas Day.

Offices will provide full retail services, including stamp sales and package acceptance.

Locations, dates and extended hours of retail operations include:

- Bonita Springs Post Office, 26150 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs

- Coco River Post Office, 1130 Creekside Way, Naples

- Naples Main Post Office, 1200 Goodlette Road, Naples

- Page Field Post Office, 2655 N. Airport Road, Fort Myers

In addition, Self Service Kiosks are available for use 24/7 at the Lehigh Acres Post Office, at 1201 Business Way.

Other news

Lehigh letter carrier Rocco DiMase recently received the Million Mile Safe Driver Award.

The Million Mile Club is part of the Safe Driver Award program created by the National Safety Council.

The Safe Driver Award is the trademark of the expert driver and is recognized as the nation's highest award for professional safe driving.

"We're proud and thrilled to present this award," Manager Post Office Operations Leroy Middleton Jr. said. "The safety of our employees and customers is a top priority. Driving for the Postal Service is a privilege that requires all drivers to demonstrate safe driving practices throughout their careers."

Since 2005, when records were established, more than 6,000 postal employees have been recognized for driving at least 1,000,000 miles without a single accident.

The Postal Service has the world's largest civilian fleet with approximately 220,000 vehicles.

Close to 350,000 letter carriers and truck drivers log more than 1 billion miles annually when delivering to America's more than 154 million addresses.

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



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