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Blue Monday

USPS ready for big shopping day

Muritala Adebule, a Washington, DC, letter carrier, prepares to deliver packages during a recent peak season.

The Postal Service is ready again to deliver the holiday items that customers will purchase on Cyber Monday, one of the year’s biggest shopping days.

Online purchases on the first Monday after Thanksgiving are expected to hit $9.4 billion in 2019, an 18.9 percent increase from last year, according to market researcher Adobe Digital Insights.

The Postal Service is reminding customers that products and services like Click-N-Ship, Package Pickup and free Priority Mail boxes, available on, allow them to take care of their mailing and shipping needs at home.

Additionally, USPS is encouraging customers to watch several shipping tips videos on YouTube and the USPS Holiday Newsroom site. The organization also wants consumers to sign up for Informed Delivery to help them manage their holiday package deliveries.

The Postal Service expects to deliver more than 800 million packages this holiday season, averaging 20.5 million packages per day. To serve customers, the organization is expanding its Sunday delivery operations and delivering packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

Adobe predicts that online holiday sales in the United States will total $143.7 billion this year, up 14.1 percent from 2018. There are six fewer days of peak holiday shopping days than 2018, translating into almost $1 billion of potential revenue lost due to the abridged time period.

“The compressed shopping cycle will see retailers launching offers far earlier than ever before,” said John Copeland, head of Adobe’s marketing and customer insights division.

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