CRUNCH TIME: U.S. Postal Service offers tips, explains strategy

Staff Writer

With the holidays in full swing, the Postal Service is delivering more cards, letters, and packages every day. This means our customers will start to see postal employees delivering packages earlier in the morning, later in the evening, and on Sundays.

“The Postal Service is well prepared to meet our customers’ needs during the holiday season,” said Greater Indiana District Manager Todd Hawkins. “We ask customers that are expecting a package to please turn on their porch light so our letter carriers can deliver safely.”

With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping. Instead, the Postal Service predicts the week of Dec. 18 - 24 to be the busiest mailing, shipping, and delivery week. During this week, nearly 3 billion pieces of First Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered. The Postal Service is projecting about 15 billion pieces of mail, including more than 850 million packages, will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

Using correct addressing, packaging gifts well and mailing by recommended deadline dates can help ensure holiday wishes are received by loved-ones by Dec. 25.

Visit the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom at HYPERLINK "" to get the full list of deadlines, pricing and shipping tips.

Mail-by Dates (Domestic Services)
Dec. 14 - USPS Retail Ground
Dec. 16 - First Class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
Dec. 19 - First Class Mail (including greeting cards)
Dec. 20 - Priority Mail
Dec. 22 - Priority Mail Express

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.