As the U.S. Postal Service prepares for its busiest mailing day of the year, shoppers are scrambling to send their holiday gifts and cards in time for Christmas. "For last-minute shoppers, the Postal Service offers quick, easy and convenient shipping choices," says Ohio Postal Spokesman David Van Allen.
The Postal Service expects to deliver 16.5 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. the busiest day for mailing this trove of holiday cheer is expected to be Tuesday, Dec. 20, when 801 million cards and letters will be processed - nearly double the average daily volume.
The busiest day for delivery of packages is a day earlier - Monday, Dec. 19. "We know that customers are looking at options for shipping their holiday gifts, and the Postal Service offers a great combination of value and convenience," says Van Allen. "By going online, customers can take care of their shipping needs right from their home computers."
Priority Mail Flat-Rate Boxes are available free at your local Post Office in four different sizes, or can be ordered online at shop.usps.com, or by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online any time using usps.com/clicknship. "Our eco-friendly Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes are the best bargain in shipping," says Van Allen. "If it fits, it ships, up to 70 pounds, to any destination in the United States.
Flat Rate boxes are always the same rate to any state." First-Class Mail and Priority Mail sent by Dec. 21 will arrive in time for Christmas. The Postal Service provides a money-back guarantee for delivery by Christmas Day on Express Mail accepted by Dec. 22 for delivery within designated ZIP Codes.
Most items shipped by Express Mail are automatically insured for $100. Free Express Mail packages and envelopes are available online at usps.com and at your local Post Office. "The easiest way to alleviate holiday stress this year is to do all of your shipping online at usps.com," says Van Allen. "You can print postage and shipping labels directly from your computer with Click-N-Ship. We offer discounts when you ship online, and you get free Delivery Confirmation when you use Click-N-Ship. Plus, you can schedule free package pickup online as well, so you can take care of all of your shipping from your computer without ever leaving home."