CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion earlier this year, but the agency hopes to bounce back from the financial struggles this holiday season.
The Postal Service is right now preparing for a 12% boost in its package business. That’s about 450 to 470 million additional packages the agency expects to deliver this holiday season. With the growing popularity of online shopping, the Postal Service is urging people to ship their presents by December 15th if they’re using standard delivery service.
Some people said they try not to procrastinate, so meeting that deadline shouldn’t be a problem. Charles Mokrzecki of West Springfield said, “Usually by the end of November. The stores are just too crowded and people just don’t get time to spend time with their family and friends. That’s a little too much.”
Many people told 22News they haven’t started their holiday shopping yet, but they hope the Postal Service getting ready for a busy season means that the economy is doing better. Bill Delis of Longmeadow said, “This is not conducive to Christmas shopping in this kind of weather, so we’ll wait a while. Hopefully it’ll have something to do with stimulating the economy.”
Any gifts being sent overseas will need to be shipped by December 10th. To make sure that your gift gets delivered on time, there are different recommended shipping deadlines for different types of deliveries. Click Here for more information.