Postal, package carriers ramp up
The Christmas season marks the busiest time of year for mail delivery services.
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.
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...