IDAHO — Only Santa will be busier. The busiest mailing and delivery weeks of the year are here and Idaho Post Offices are prepared for the avalanche of holiday cards and packages.
“We prepare all year for the holidays. It’s our season, and we’re ready to deliver for our customers,” said USPS District Manager Laura Hubrich, who shared some of the preparations Idaho Post Offices have made to deliver the holidays.
- Hired more than 100 employees
- Delivering packages 7 days a week
- Expanded delivery windows for packages to include early morning and evening
- Extended retail hours every Saturday before Christmas at 7 Southern Idaho Post Offices to make shipping those packages more convenient (see list at end of release)
- Same Post Offices, except Nampa Post Office, will offer dutch-door package pick up service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday before Christmas for customers picking up notified mail or packages.
With a projected 800 million package deliveries between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Postal Service delivers more packages to homes than any other shipper.
The Postal Service’s busiest time of the season peaks two weeks before Christmas. Customer traffic is expected to increase beginning December 9, while the week of December 16 is expected to be the busiest time for mailing, shipping and delivery. The USPS estimates it will deliver more than 28 million packages per day between December 16-21.
“Our goal is to provide excellent service and ensure all those holiday cards and packages are delivered in time,” said Hubrich, who advised customers to mail early and conveniently this holiday season.
· Ship packages from home for the holidays here and request a Free Package Pick up.
· Use Self-Service Kiosks – located in 9 postal lobbies, these easy to use machines allow customers to buy stamps, mail cards and packages 24/7, using debit or credit cards.
The following 7 Southern Idaho Post Offices will offer extended retail hours every Saturday before Christmas. The same locations will also open a dutch door from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday before Christmas for customers wanting to pick up notified mail or packages which couldn't be delivered on the first attempt.
- Boise Main: 770 S. 13th St. – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Boise Five Mile: 1350 S. Five Mile Rd. – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Caldwell: 832 Arthur St. – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Meridian: 1200 N. Main St. – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pocatello Main: 730 E. Clark St. – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Twin Falls Pioneer: 1376 Fillmore St. – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Nampa Post Office: 123 11th Ave S – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nampa Sunday Dutch Door Package Pick up will be available at the Nampa Carrier Annex: 820 Park Centre Way – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday before Christmas)
Holiday Military Shipping Deadlines
· Dec. 9 – Priority Mail and First-Class Mail to Military addresses in Iraq and Afghanistan
· Dec. 11 – Priority Mail and First-Class Mail to all other Military addresses
· Dec. 18 – USPS Priority Mail Express to Military Addresses (except Iraq and Afghanistan)
International Shipping Deadlines
· Nov. 30 – Priority Mail International to Africa, Central and South America
· Dec. 7 – Priority Mail International to all other countries
· Dec. 7 – Priority Mail Express International to Africa, Central and South America
· Dec. 14 – Priority Mail Express International to all other countries
· Dec. 18 to 19 – Global Express Guaranteed depending on country
Domestic Shipping Deadlines
· Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground
· Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail and packages
· Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
· Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.