December 21 is considered to be the busiest delivery day of the year, but there are still certain recommendations that snail mail customers could follow to make sure that their packages arrive on time.
According to representatives of the United States Postal Service (USPS), a total of 30 million packages will probably be collected and delivered today only, which means that the amount of mail being circulated will be around 10% more significant than the average.
As a result, approximately 30,000 seasonal employees have been added on the USPS payroll so as to cope with the extra workload during peak holiday season.
The agency has also rented more delivery trucks from Enterprise and U-Haul, and has invested in state-of-the-art parcel scanners so as to fast-track the processing stage.
This is the last day when it’s still possible to send out Christmas gifts using priority mail, through which domestic shipping can take place in up to 3 business days.
Afterwards, the only option will be to resort to priority mail express, the most expeditious service offered by the USPS for domestic shipping.
This delivery option, which guarantees that packages will be delivered overnight, will be available until Wednesday, December 23, for those who are still running late with their Christmas shopping.
Afterwards, it will no longer be possible to ensure that parcels can turn up early enough for the holidays, since post offices will have reduced business hours on December 24, and be closed on December 25, with no packages arriving that day.
Given the fact that as many as 15.5 billion Christmas cards, parcels and letters are expected to be sent out at this time of the year, clients might feel overwhelmed or stressed out that their mail won’t be delivered in time for the fast-approaching winter holidays.
However, there are still solutions in sight, so as to ensure prompt shipping after all. For instance, USPS plant manager Jeff Grendziak recommends using the company’s standard collection boxes.
Leaving letters or cards in these blue mailboxes will allow correspondence to reach network distribution centers (NDC) much quicker, so that it can be promptly processed and delivered to its intended recipient.
Moreover, packages should be shipped as early in the morning as possible, in order to make sure that they reach their destination on time.
Another key aspect that USPS clients should focus on is making sure that they have written the correct delivery address, especially the right zip code.
Entering another postal code can result in mail being sorted erroneously, in an entirely different category, causing it to be re-routed or to be received with delays.
Even a one-day lag can be upsetting at this time of the year, given the fact that it could make the difference between a Christmas card arriving on time, or belatedly.
As USPS representatives advise, customers should register on the agency’s official website, in order to effectively track their mail or packages through real-time notifications.
One final tip is that people should pay close attention to scheduled delivery times, so as to prevent thieves from getting their hands on Christmas parcels before the intended recipient gets home.
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