Postal Service Gears Up For Holidays With 7-Day Package Delivery
By Mike McDaniel| November 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM CST - Updated July 21 at 3:44 AM
JACKSON, MS (WDAM)
This is a news release from The United States Postal Service
JACKSON, MS— The Postal Service in Mississippi kicked off the holiday shipping season by announcing today that to accommodate continued double-digit package volume growth, it will be delivering packages in certain areas of 21 cities seven days a week from Black Friday (Nov. 28) all the way through to Christmas Day.
“The Postal Service ships more packages to more places than anyone else,” said Mississippi District Manager Elizabeth Johnson. “During the holidays, we're raising the bar with enhanced tracking and seven-day package delivery, providing excellent service and reliability that only Santa can compete with.”
Select ZIP codes in the following Mississippi cities will be included in the seven-day package delivery efforts:
Bay Saint Louis Biloxi Brandon Canton
Clinton Corinth Grenada Gulfport
Hattiesburg Jackson Madison Meridian
Natchez Ocean Springs Olive Branch Oxford
Pascagoula Pontotoc Southaven Tupelo
Seven-day package delivery continues our commitment to provide our customers superior service, as the nation's mail carrier continues to respond for the increase in package business stemming from the growth in e-commerce.
“Every household in America relies on us to get their packages in home for the holidays, and we take great pride in taking on that responsibility,” said Johnson. “We're prepared to do whatever it takes to delivery for our customers.”
Due to continued e-commerce growth and improvements to its Priority Mail product line, the Postal Service is expecting double-digit growth in its package business this holiday season, likely in the range of 450 to 470 million packages. That equates to roughly 12 to 14 percent growth over the same period last year.
“This is truly our season at the Postal Service, it is crunch time,” said Johnson. “We have stepped up our game to ensure America that USPS can be counted on to deliver their cards, gifts and letters in time for the holidays.”
For expected delivery of holiday mail and packages by Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:
Dec. 2 – First-Class Mail International/Priority Mail International
Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International
Dec. 15 – Standard Post
Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed
Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic)
Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express(domestic)
Consumers can avoid holiday hassles by visiting usps.com — the Postal Service's website that will help make mailing and shipping easier. Nearly 75 million customers will skip the trip to the Post Office altogether and take advantage of convenient online shipping this holiday season. Click-N-Ship and other online services allow customers to print shipping labels, order free Priority Mail boxes, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.