2009-12-03 / Features

Post Offices Ready For Busiest Season

Online shipping solutions available to help busy shoppers

As the U.S. Postal Service prepares for its busiest time of the year, shopeprs are scrambling to send their holiday gifts and cards in time for Christmas.

The Postal Service expects to deliver 16.6 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The busiest mailing day is expected to be Monday, December 14, when 839 million cards and letters will be processed, nearly double the average daily volume. The busiest day will be Wednesday, December 16.

Priority mail flat-rate boxes are available free at the 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.

The postal service provides a money-back guarantee for delivery by Christmas Day on Express Mail accepted by December 24 for delivery within designated zip codes. Gifts sent by express mail are automatically insured for $100. Free express mail packages and envelopes are available online at usps.com and at the local post office

The easiest way to alleviate holiday stress this year is to do all of your shipping online at usps.com. You can print postage and shipping labels directly from your computer with click-n-ship.

The postal service offers 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 shiping from your computer without ever leaving home.

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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