80461: At Your (Postal) Service
Tick-Tock. Tick-Tock. You can hear those clocks ticking when it comes to getting those holiday cards and packages in the mail in order for them to arrive in time for Christmas. And while more and more consumers are shopping earlier and online, eliminating the old busiest day-at-the-Post-Office notion, there’s still plenty of business going on down at old 80461.
In fact, according to the United State Postal Service (USPS), they now have a busiest-time-of-the-year, and it starts two weeks before Christmas. Beginning the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks. The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week. During this week alone, the Postal Service expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards.
There are some shipping tips at the end of this story. And Remember B&B Shipping located in downtown Leadville can also help with your packing and shipping needs over the holiday season. Here’s what you need to know about the deadlines for mail and packages.
- Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground (domestic)
- Dec. 20– First-Class Mail Cards and Letters
- Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
- Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express
- For Alaska and Hawaii, it looks like December 20 is your target date for most items.
- MILITARY Guidelines for delivery: LINK
Remember, the USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations. So your dollars do go towards employing someone locally who helps make sure that you get your holiday cards and packages as well! When you live in Leadville Today, chances are pretty good that you know your postal carrier, so be kind, give them a wave and make sure your sidewalks and post box area is free from snow and ice.
Skip the Trip and Ship Online – Consumers don’t even have to leave home to ship their packages, simply visit usps.com. The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 17 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8 million consumers predicted to use their online services instead of standing in line at the post office for help shipping that special holiday gift. It’s predicted that nearly 105 million consumers will visit the USPS website between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
New for this Year is the USPS Informed Delivery™ is the Postal Service’s free daily digital preview of what’s coming to your mailbox. This holiday season, not only can you manage your packages and sneak a peek at cards headed your way, but you can also see some exterior images of magazines and catalogs — all from your mobile app, dashboard, tablet or computer. Informed Delivery™ is one more way the Postal Service is helping you anticipate, communicate and celebrate this holiday season.