Indianapolis — Don’t be surprised to see a letter carrier on your front door step Sunday morning. Because package growth this holiday season has exceeded even the most optimistic projections, the Postal Service will be delivering packages in selected ZIP Code areas the two Sundays before the Christmas holiday.
“We’re excited about the explosion in package growth,” said Greater Indiana District Manager Bernice Grant, “and we want to make sure that we get every gift to its intended recipient in time for the holiday.”
Locally, the following Post Offices in the Fort Wayne area — Centennial, Diplomat Plaza, Hazelwood, Northwood and Waynedale will be making Sunday package delivery on Sunday and December 22.
In fiscal year 2013, the Postal Service saw a 6 percent increase in package volume over the prior year. An additional 12 percent increase is expected this holiday season, totaling 420 million packages. The marketplace has changed, Grant said, and the Postal Service is adapting to it.
“This significant increase in packages means our customers are seeing us as their shipper of choice because of our large delivery network,” she said.
The deadline for sending First-Class Mail in time for the holidays is Friday, December 20. The deadline for sending Priority Mail in time for the holidays is Saturday, December 21. The Priority Mail Express deadline is Monday, December 23, for local delivery. Priority Mail Express will be delivered on Christmas Day. First-Class cards and letters can also be dropped into local postal blue collection boxes – even on Sundays.
Customers are also advised to please clear snow and ice to ensure safe and timely delivery during the holiday season. “With the possibility of inclement weather,” added Grant, “please help your carrier by keeping a clear path to your mail box or porch.”
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.