The USPS is expected to have its busiest day of the year on Monday, ahead of Christmas, next Thursday.
Monday, December 16, is anticipated to be the busiest day of the year for the United States Postal Service (USPS), when they will help over 6 million customers at their nationwide locations.
The USPS is also involved in an additional 6 million deliveries for online orders, totaling the customers serviced by the government entity to approximately 12 million people.
In order to avoid long lines and backups at their offices, the USPS recommends that customers use their website USPS.com to buy and print stamps and schedule package pick-ups.
“Make sure you have a sturdy enough container,” spokesman Richard Maher recommended. “You also want to make sure that your gift is cushioned, especially if it’s fragile.”
Customers can schedule a package pick-up with their USPS delivery person any time during regular hours. For online transactions, the website instructs customers to fill out all their personal information as well as when the pick-up will take place and how many packages will be delivered.
The option is available for Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Global Express Guaranteed, or Merchandise Return services.
USPS.com also gives customers the option of printing labels and stamps online.
Just as in the kiosks located in most USPS locations, anyone using the website can print a label, following the easy instructions on the screen.
“A simpler way to ship” is available with flat rate boxes and envelopes. As the name indicates, the USPS offers several sizes of boxes and envelopes for all you shipping needs.
Customers are able to order all their shipping supplies directly from the website.
The USPS has made it easier than ever to ship packages overseas and to military bases for personnel stationed around the globe.
According to the postal service, the last day to send letters or packages First Class and have them arrive by Christmas is Friday. Saturday is the deadline for Priority mail, and next Monday is the deadline for Priority Express.
All the deadlines listed are for domestic shipping through the USPS.