U.S. Postal Service extends retail hours for the holidays

U.S. Postal Service extends retail hours for the holidays
Extended retail hours across Mississippi
Extended retail hours across Mississippi
Extended retail hours across Mississippi
Extended retail hours across Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - This is a news release from the United States Postal Service. 

The U.S. Postal Service is prepared for the holiday season, and whether customers need to ship quickly or have plenty of time, there are options to make shipping convenient and affordable.

Extended Retail Hours 

There will be 32 postal facilities throughout Mississippi either opening or staying open longer on two Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19, leading up to Christmas Day.  Those offices will provide full retail services, including stamp sales and package acceptance.   Locations with extended hours are listed below. Many Mississippi Post Offices not listed always offer retail hours on Saturdays.

Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days
The Postal Service predicts Monday, Dec. 14, will be the busiest mailing and shipping day for holiday packages, letters and cards.  That same day is also expected to be the Postal Service's busiest day online, with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit usps.com.

Monday, Dec. 21, is then expected to be the busiest delivery day for holiday packages, cards, and letters. The Postal Service anticipates more than 30 million packages alone will be delivered just that day.

Consumers can also visit usps.com/holiday for more information and shipping options throughout the season.

2015 Christmas Shipping Deadlines
For delivery in anticipation of Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:

Dec. 8 – Priority Mail Express International

Dec. 15 - Standard Post

Dec. 19 - First Class Mail

Dec. 19 – Global Express Guaranteed

Dec. 21 - Priority Mail

Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express

Full deadlines and additional details can be found here.

The Postal Service expects to deliver a total of approximately 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats, and packages during the 2015 holiday season. In addition, we are projecting approximately 600 million packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, an increase of 10.5 percent over last year's volume.

For customers tracking shipments, the Postal Service will offer real-time delivery notifications – meaning customers who sign up for alerts at myusps.com will receive notification within a few minutes of the delivery scan for select packages.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.