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USPS prepares for a busy 2021

Harold Caudill, a tractor-trailer operator at the Northern Virginia Processing and Distribution Center, is one of 644,000 USPS employees heading into 2021.

The Postal Service will be busy all year long in 2021.

The organization has planned more than 15 stamp releases this year, beginning with Love 2021 on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Other early releases will include August Wilson (Thursday, Jan. 28), a Black Heritage stamp honoring the acclaimed playwright; Year of the Ox, the latest Lunar New Year stamp (Tuesday, Feb. 2); and Chien-Shiung Wu (Thursday, Feb. 11), a stamp honoring the influential nuclear physicist.

The Combined Federal Campaign is slated to conclude Friday, Jan. 15.

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, USPS will raise Shipping Services product prices approximately 3.5 percent for Priority Mail service and 1.2 percent for Priority Mail Express service, while Mailing Services product prices will rise approximately 1.7 percent.

After being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Postal Forum — the mailing industry’s largest annual meeting — is slated to be held May 2-5 in Nashville, TN.

Likewise, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, also canceled this year because of the pandemic, is expected to resume this year on Saturday, May 8.

Thursday, July 1, will mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Post Office Department’s transition to the Postal Service.

The Postal Service is tentatively slated to recognize National Dog Bite Awareness Week in June; National Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention Week in October; and USPS Motor Vehicle Safety Month in December.

National Postal Customer Council Week, an annual event that brings together USPS and industry leaders at meetings across the nation, is scheduled to take place from Sept. 20-24.

Independence Day will fall on a Sunday in 2021 and Christmas Day will fall on a Saturday, as will New Year’s Day 2022.

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