Postal, pack­age car­ri­ers ramp up

The Christ­mas sea­son marks the busiest time of year for mail de­liv­ery ser­vices.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL - By Alex Stuckey Staff Writer

DAY­TON — As the count­down to Christ­mas Day con­tin­ued Mon­day, lines at the post of­fice stretched out the door.

De­spite the long lines, Day­ton res­i­dent Betsy Byrd said she doesn’t mind wait­ing.

“It doesn’t bother me,” Byrd said. “I ex­pect it be­cause I wait un­til the last minute — I’m a pro­cras­ti­na­tor.”

Mon­day marked the busiest day of the year for the United States Postal Ser­vice to take in letters and pack­ages.

“We (pro­cessed) about 1 mil­lion pieces of mail (Mon­day),” said Karen Gar­ber, post­mas­ter at the Day­ton Post Of­fice, 1111 E. Fifth St. On a nor­mal day, the Day­ton of­fice sends out about 300,000 to 400,000 pieces, she said.

The East Fifth Street lo­ca­tion is the main post of­fice for the Day­ton area. It has 14 branch post of­fices. Most of the mail taken from 427 col­lec­tion boxes across the area is pro­cessed at the cen­ter, Gar­ber said.

The en­tire Postal Ser­vice re­ceived about 800 mil­lion pieces of mail Mon­day, com­pared to about 500 mil­lion pieces of mail it nor­mally han­dles on a given day, said Roy Betts, spokesman for USPS.

To deal with the in­flux of mail, the East Fifth Street post of­fice opened at 7 a.m. Mon­day, with a line ex­pected all day.

The busiest day for de­liv­er­ies is Wed­nes­day. The Postal Ser­vice is open Christ­mas Eve, which is also the last day it delivers nor­mal pack­ages, Gar­ber said. Only ex­press mail is de­liv­ered on Dec. 25.

“We hope to have all our mail car­ri­ers off the streets by 5 (p.m.) Christ­mas Eve,” Gar­ber said.

Al­though Mon­day was the busiest day for USPS to re­ceive pack­ages, FedEx’s busiest day to re­ceive pack­ages was Dec. 13, with about 16 mil­lion com­ing in glob­ally, said Sally Daven­port, spokes­woman for the com­pany.

From Thanks­giv­ing to Christ­mas, the com­pany re­ceives about 220 mil­lion pack­ages glob­ally, she added.

For a FedEx pack­age to ar­rive Christ­mas Eve, the last day to ship is Dec. 23.

Wed­nes­day will be United Par­cel Ser­vice’s busiest day as it an­tic­i­pates re­ceiv­ing 24 mil­lion pack­ages na­tion­wide, said spokes­woman Su­san Rosen­berg. On a nor­mal day, At­lantabased UPS re­ceives about 15 mil­lion pack­ages na­tion­wide.

Cus­tomers ship­ping with UPS who want de­liv­ery by Christ­mas Eve must ship their pack­ages by Thurs­day, Rosen­berg said, adding that UPS does not de­liver on Christ­mas Day.

UPS hires about 50,000 sea­sonal work­ers to help with an­nual hol­i­day de­liv­er­ies, she said, adding that about 160 sea­sonal work­ers are em­ployed in Day­ton.

Staff photo by Jim Wit­mer

Mail han­dler Julio Men­dez sends a bin full of out­go­ing mail to the con­veyor Mon­day to be sorted and shipped at the Fifth Street lo­ca­tion of the Day­ton Post Of­fice. Mon­day marked the Postal Ser­vice’s busiest mail­ing day of the year, with more than 800...

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