Holiday Shipping Deadlines Approaching

More than 640 million cards, letters and packages are expected to be processed by the U.S. Postal Service on Dec. 15. Monday is your last opportunity to ship mail Standard Post to be sure it will arrive before Dec. 25. So while it’s the most wonderful time of the year– for carriers, it’s also the busiest. “I will be in line at the post office Monday,” said Beth Culbreth of Polk County. But don’t worry if you can’t make that deadline. You still have until Dec. 20 to ship First-Class or Priority Mail, and Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express. However, some people have lost faith in the system when their gifts didn’t arrive. “I wound up having to do an ‘IOU it is in the mail,’” said Lauren Mecum from Charlotte, N.C. She says her bad experience has taught her never to wait until the last-minute. “I started shopping way earlier because of that,” Mecum said.

With the stress of your getting items out the door, carrier say don’t forget to pack your boxes carefully. By investing in the right packaging materials, you can help ensure your present arrives in good condition without delay. Because for many, opening presents is half the fun.