Post offices in Nebraska are the busiest places in town. Stacy Hopwood is with the U.S. Postal Service in Omaha and says things are going very smooth this holiday season and there have been no delays in handling the increased volume. She says they start preparing for the holiday season in July and hire extra people who are needed to handle package delivery alone.
Hopwood says we have consistently experienced about a 10% increase in our e-commerce deliveries, which is your package deliveries, people shopping online. That has been consistent for over five years.”
The Omaha Postal Service Distribution Center is processing about 200,000 packages each day and that is expected to increase as the December 25th deadline nears. Hopwood says the have a new sorting machine that allows them to process nearly 6,500 pieces of mail per-hour. They also hired about 70 seasonal employees to help with the extra volume and for some that will turn into permanent positions.
The deadline to ship packages to guarantee delivery by December 25th has arrived. Today is the deadline to send packages through the Postal Service’s retail ground delivery. December 20th is the deadline for 1st Class packages, Christmas cards and for priority mail. For Procrastinators, priority mail express will be taken through December 22nd and it will still arrive on time.
The Postal Service will also start Sunday deliveries this weekend.