Anticipating major increases in the number of deliveries, The United States Postal Service has expanded the USPS Holiday Schedule, which now includes Christmas Day deliveries. That’s Right! Christmas comes early this year as the United States Postal Service (USPS) rolls out its holiday schedule with an expanded Sunday delivery schedule to begin on November 25. USPS expects to make 16 billion holiday deliveries (15 billion packages, 900 million pieces of mail) this year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day.
Consumer traffic is expected to increase each week beginning Dec. 10, and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week with Dec. 17 -23 being the busiest week for deliveries. The Postal Service predicts nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail will be processed and delivered that week alone, with a substantial number of deliveries on Christmas Day.
Postal Service anticipates Dec. 17 will be its busiest day online as well with 8 million or more consumers visiting usps.com for shipping their packages. Overall, USPS expects 105 million consumers will visit the Postal Service’s website between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
“The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO in a recent press release. “We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows… to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper.”
The release also has good news for employment seekers. In order to compete with Amazon, who has hired their own fleet of delivery drivers, and meet consumer demads, USPS is hiring this season. Some positions will lead to permanent, full-time employment with the Postal Service. States that are hiring include Wisconsin, Illinois, Nevada, Florida, Colorado, Michigan and California. Applicants are encouraged to visit http://about.usps.com/careers/welcome.htm for job descriptions and locations.
The USPS Holiday Newsroom has additional information on domestic and international shipping deadlines. Also, tips on how to make the perfect holiday care package for military personnel overseas can be found online at usps.com/holidaynews.
The Postal Service is hopeful this year’s uptick in holiday traffic and sales will be profitable despite a reported $3.9 billion loss in revenue. This makes 2018 the 12th straight year where the Postal Service lost money due to what CEO Brennan calls a “flawed business model imposed by law continues to be the root cause of our financial instability.” USPS lost over $2.7 billion in 2017.
“Absent legislative and regulatory change, we cannot generate enough revenue or cut enough costs to pay off our bills,” said Brennan.
Postal Service officials are hoping a strong holiday season and a newly approved increase in the price of first-class stamps will put the agency over the top next year. First-class postage will increase by 10 percent from 50 cents to 55 cents. The increase takes effect in January 2019 and is the largest increase since 1991.
USPS has also launched a new feature this holiday season called Informed Delivery, a free digital preview of what’s coming to your mailbox each day. With Informed Delivery, consumers can sneak a peek at grayscale images of cards, exterior images of magazines and catalogs and other delivered items from a mobile app, tablet, dashboard or computer. Informed Delivery allows consumers the ability to manage deliveries and protect their property. Details on this service can be found at https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action.
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