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Final countdown

Employees gear up for busy delivery day

Micah Taylor receives a recent holiday package delivery from Indianapolis City Carrier Assistant Tierra Jackson.

This is it.

The Postal Service expects to deliver 30 million packages Dec. 22, making it the year’s busiest delivery day.

The final surge will cap a milestone week that also included the year’s busiest mailing and shipping day, when USPS served an estimated 12 million customers at Post Offices and online.

Overall, the Postal Service projects it will deliver 16 billion mailpieces during the holidays — including 750 million packages, up 12 percent from last year.

Employees say they’re ready for the final push.

“Customers on my routes tend to have two, three, and even four packages delivered to them at one time,” said Hillsdale, MI, Rural Carrier Nancy Bumpus. “As long as you’re organized, deliveries move smoother and my vehicle gets emptied pretty quickly.”

To prepare for the holidays, the Postal Service added new parcel-sorting equipment in plants, hired more than 35,000 seasonal employees and expanded Sunday delivery operations to all locations with high package volumes.

USPS also continued to emphasize its core principals, such as accurate scanning and delivering packages with care, through its #PostalProud initiative.

Bumpus said these efforts make a difference.

“I love what I do,” she said. “I keep a smile on my face all day.”

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