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Sunday surge

Seven-day package deliveries boom during holidays

Holiday Sunday deliveries
Orange, CA, City Carrier Assistant Anthony Salazar delivers a package to customer Scott Kim on a recent Sunday.

The Postal Service is delivering more holiday packages on Sundays than ever.

USPS, which offers year-round Sunday deliveries in several cities, expands the service during the holidays.

Since this year’s expanded morning and afternoon deliveries began Nov. 29, package volumes have spiked by about 50 percent. The increases are expected to continue through Dec. 20, the last Sunday before Christmas.

“I really like working Sundays. It seems like more people are home and appreciate receiving their packages in person,” said Orange, CA, City Carrier Assistant Anthony Salazar.

The Postal Service expects to deliver 600 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, up 10.5 percent from last year’s record-setting performance.

To better serve package customers, USPS now offers recipients text and email alerts within minutes after a parcel is scanned for delivery.

Some Post Offices also are opening Sundays to accommodate package recipients — a move applauded by customers like Natalie Jewell, an Indiana resident.

She visited the Nora, IN, Post Office Dec. 6 to retrieve a parcel. “I had a very important item to pick up, and I was able to get it on my way to work. This is very convenient,” Jewell said.

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