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November 28, 2016 10:40 AM, EST
Postal Service Predicts Busy Holiday Shipping Season
Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News

The U.S. Postal Service is projecting about 750 million packages will be delivered this holiday season, a 12% increase in volume compared with last year.

“Our customers can count on the entire Postal Service workforce to deliver their holiday gifts, cards and letters,” Megan Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO, said in a news release. “With the Postal Service’s unrivaled network and expanded 7-day a week delivery window, we are uniquely qualified to provide the highest levels of customer service and we are confident that’s exactly what we’ll do this holiday season.”

The Postal Service is hiring more than 35,000 seasonal employees to help deliver mail this holiday season.

While the Postal Service already delivers packages on Sunday in most major cities, it will expand Sunday delivery to all locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 27.

More than 5 million packages are expected to be delivered each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

The Postal Service predicts that Dec. 19 will be the busiest mailing and shipping day. Dec. 22 is expected to be the busiest delivery day. The Postal Service anticipates nearly 30 million packages will be delivered on the peak delivery day alone.

Dec. 19 is also expected to be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit usps.com that day.

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