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Holiday season’s busiest week continues

Postal worker pushes cart full of mail
Jeanine Hutcherson, a mail handler in Madison, WI, retrieves mail from a blue collection box this week.

It’s almost over.

The Postal Service’s busiest period of the holiday season will conclude this weekend.

USPS is on track to process and deliver nearly 200 million packages from Dec. 18-24, along with almost 3 billion greeting cards and other First-Class Mail pieces.

This week’s totals include an estimated 6 million packages that will be delivered this Sunday, Dec. 24, in select major markets.

Altogether, the organization expects to deliver 15 million mailpieces and 850 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, up more than 10 percent from last year.

The Postal Service prepared for the holidays by adding new equipment in plants, leasing more than 1,000 additional vehicles and expanding Sunday package deliveries in the select markets.

To help customers during the home stretch, employees are making appearances in the news media to provide customers with last-minute shipping and mailing tips.

The organization is also continuing to promote Informed Delivery, a free feature that allows consumers to view images of incoming mail, track packages and reschedule deliveries.

Employees say they’re eager to help USPS end the season on a high note.

“It feels good to know that I can do my part to give customers peace of mind knowing that their mail is in good hands,” said Madison, WI, Mail Handler Jeanine Hutcherson.

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