A few statistics regarding the United States Postal Service,
*Did you know that between the dates of December 17-23 the United States Postal Service is expected to process and deliver over three billion (3B) pieces of mail and packages!
*Last year (2017) the United States Postal Service delivered over six million packages on Sundays only!
*Did you know that December 17 is considered the heaviest volume day with approximately more than eight million (8M) visitors in just one day! Those are some colossal numbers.
Christmas is in the air and there's a feeling...of being overwhelmed! Can you get your packages and stamped first class mail to its destinations? Here's a quick list of mailing times and deadlines from across the three major delivery agents:
Unites States Postal Service (USPS)
Priority Express Military deadline is 12/18/18 for APO/FPO/DPO/ AE with these zips
For First Class and Priority Delivery please have your cards and packages postmarked by 12/20/18
USPS Ground by 12/14/18
Express Mail by 12/22/18
Alaska & Hawaii First Class and Priority by 12/20/18
Express Mail by 12/22/18
For more information please go to https://www.usps.com/holiday/holiday-shipping-dates.htm
United Parcel Service
UPS 2nd Day Air by 12/20/18 for delivery on 12/24/18
Next Day Air by 12/21/18 for delivery on 12/24/18
For more information go to https://www.ups.com/us/en/Home.page
Last delivery date is 12/24/18
No delivery for Ground on Saturday 12/22/18 (Fed Ex Home will still deliver)
For services such as Fed Ex-First Overnight, Priority Overnight and Fed Ex 2nd Day Air will deliver on 12/22/18 but premium charges will apply of $16.00
For more information please go to https://www.fedex.com/en-us/holiday/last-days-to-ship.html
So take a deep breath and assess your situation and then determine what you can do to get the gifts and cards to their destinations.
These top three delivery agents agree on a few things, try to have your packages fully wrapped and ready to go. A major slow down for you and others that may be waiting in line is that fact that customers come in ill-prepared for the mail to be put into the mail stream. These three carriers are NOT wrapping services. Each of the three delivery services does have supplies located in their lobbies to get you ready, but mostly you'll be on your own to prepare the package. Some package supplies are NOT free.
Make sure you double check for the correct addresses and zip codes, one digit off and it will be sent to the wrong place.
Also, know too that the three major carriers give you quotes on a perfect service day, remember that snowstorms, ice storms, and other weather-related incidences have/and will slow down delivery. For example, airport shutdowns, and trucks rerouted due to weather. *A lot of the time now airports have been preemptive on their plans for shutdown due to an impending storm.
The closer you get to Christmas the harder it is to get cards and packages delivered, to ensure yourself a relaxing and happy holiday, please try not to wait until the last minute!
|UPS source: Boston Globe|
|Fed Ex source: Shutterstock|