SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – You’ve shopped, you’ve wrapped and like so many other Americans, you’ve sent out those gifts on Monday, the U.S. Postal Service’s busiest shipping day of the year.
“We’re projecting quite a large increase of volume compared to last year. We’re about 10 percent more this year than last year,” said Lawrence Elliott, Postmaster of the Springfield Post Office. The USPS predicts some 15.5 billion letters, card, parcels and packages will be shipped by Christmas.
22News met Kris Stetson of Springfield who was shipping a package to her niece and her husband in Maine. When we told her it was the busiest shipping day, she said, “I heard that on the radio this morning thinking, ‘Oh, boy. I’m in trouble.’”
You will be in trouble if you don’t ship by some upcoming deadlines. If you want your package delivered on time, Springfield Postmaster Lawrence Elliott advises shipping Standard Mail: by December 15th, First Class by December 19th, Priority Mail by the 21st, and Priority Express Mail by the 23rd.
As all the trucks returned after a long day of delivering holiday cards and packages, they were met with an even higher demand from Green Monday. This is considered the third busiest online shopping day. Coined by EBay, Green Monday has become a major sales day for all online retailers.
But, it’s not for everyone. In fact, Margarita Robinson prefers the stress of starting her shopping on December 23rd. “I have done no shopping yet,” said Robinson, of Springfield. When asked what her strategy was, she said, “I just like to go last minute and see what I can find on sale.’
Much like online shopping, you can avoid the crowds when shipping packages too. USPS allows you to pay online and request a carrier to pick up your package from your home.