Postal Service Ready for Busiest Mailing Day

More Than 830 Million Pieces of Mail Expected Today

WASHINGTON—Today marks the Postal Service’s busiest mailing day of the year, with more than 830 million pieces of mail entering the system. This represents an increase of more than 40 percent in the average daily volume of 583 million pieces of mail.

“Bring on the rush – we are ready to deliver,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer. “This isn’t just our busiest time of year – it’s our best time of year. Americans can count on the Postal Service to deliver their holiday gifts in time for Christmas as we have for the past 234 years.”

The Postal Service uses 192,000 vehicles to transport holiday mail, including 142,000 half-ton trucks. To help navigate mail movement around the world, staff at the National Operations Center are on “24-7” duty today and throughout the year.

Holiday shoppers have until Dec. 21 for First-Class Mail and Priority Mail items. For those last-minute shoppers, the Postal Service recommends Dec.23 as the last day to mail Express Mail packages.

One way customers can save time during the holiday shipping rush is by using Automated Postal Centers (APCs). Just as an ATM is a virtual bank, the APC is a virtual, stand-alone Post Office. The APC does everything short of face-to-face transactions ? dispensing stamps, weighing packages and calculating postage for Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail and Parcel Post items. There are 2,500 APCs in Post Office lobbies across the country.

“APCs make visiting a Post Office easier,” Donahoe said. “It’s one more way we’re trying to save customers time waiting in line and offering another alternative to meet their mailing needs.”

Customers can also skip the trip to the Post Office completely and ship online using the Postal Service’s website, Customers can print shipping labels, pay for postage and order free shipping supplies, including the popular Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes, virtually eliminating the need to weigh.

“Flat Rate Boxes are the ultimate gift box,” said Donahoe. “No matter what the gift, if it fits, it ships, for one low rate to any state in the country. We’ll even pick up your packages for free.”

Customers can request free package pickup online at The Postal Service will pick up packages during regular mail delivery the next business day – and, unlike with other shipping companies, there is no fee for this service.

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

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source: U.S. Postal Service

One thought on “Postal Service Ready for Busiest Mailing Day

  1. 830 million times .42 cents equals 3,486,000.00 for one day,,,,,shoot I would want 600 thousand salary a month if I worked for this place plus asking congress for more taxpayers money…..and getting it. I deserve a bonus just for showing up for work and totally getting everything all wrong…. pay them people grievance money because i dont know what the contract says to do, I just DO IT MY WAY….and I dont time in so I can take any day off – long as it is ok….and you or on restrictive sick leave because you can not show me a good doctors note,! the one where your mom died does not count because she does not live with you….management does not touch the mail—–should all of them get 90,000 a year to dictate to the hard workers who touch the mail and fixed the machines…congress will figure it out- right

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