JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the United States Postal Service.
The U.S. Postal Service wants the season to be merry and bright for our customers this year. To help with the hustle of the holidays, we are working around the clock to provide a variety of shipping and mailing options for customers, including:
Extended Retail Hours: Thirty-one Post Offices throughout Mississippi will be open longer on December 13 & 20 to serve you, leading up to Christmas Day. These offices will provide full retail services, including stamp sales and package acceptance. A complete listing of locations, dates and extended hours of retail operations follows below.
More information on locations and hours of operation can be found at www.usps.com under "Find USPS Locations" or at https://tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorAction!input.action.
Expanded Package Delivery: Twenty-three Post Offices in Mississippi are providing seven-day package delivery through Christmas. Deliveries from the following facilities will be made by postal employees wearing official U.S. Postal Service identification and driving U. S. Postal Service vehicles:
Bay Saint Louis Biloxi Northbay/D'Iberville Brandon Main Office Brandon Reservoir
Canton Clinton Corinth Grenada
Gulfport Main Office Hattiesburg Main Office Jackson LeFleur Sta. Madison
Meridian Main Office Meridian North Sta. Natchez Main Office Ocean Springs
Olive Branch Oxford Pascagoula Pontotoc
Southaven Tupelo Main Office Vicksburg
Expanding the days and hours for package delivery reinforces our commitment to provide our customers with superior service, as we continue to respond to increased volume in our package business.
During the 2013 holiday season, the Postal Service delivered 434 million packages and 6.4 billion pieces of First-Class Mail across the nation. Due to continued e-commerce growth and improvements to the Priority Mail product line, the Postal Service expects 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 percent growth over the same period last year.
Improved Priority Mail tracking and text alerts introduced this year are important enhancements to the free insurance, free tracking and date-specific delivery introduced last year.
"It's all about customer service and convenience – especially during our busiest time of year," emphasizes Mississippi District Manager Elizabeth Johnson. "Our goal is to exceed the high standard of service we set last year by delivering on our core promise of timely, affordable, and trackable delivery for our customers," adds Johnson.
For expected delivery of holiday mail and packages by Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:
· 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)
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
 "Mail-by date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance. Allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major international cities."