Recently, the United States Postal Service announced that they are planning to package delivery all 7 days of every week (including on Christmas Day) for major cities during the holiday season–starting Monday, 11/17, until 12/25. While they didn’t specify what entitles a “major [city] and high volume area”, they do expect to be handling upwards of 450 million packages during the holiday season. This is a projected 12% increase in shipments from last year.
We know that holiday sales are growing each year from the countless reports that have studied it, and they’ve only projected about a 4% increase in sales. All three shipping giants expect to see at least twice that amount in growth–UPS at 11% growth, FedEx at 8.8%. Regardless, this year is sure to be another record-breaking year for both holiday sales & shipping.
As a shipper, it is important to note that even with these changes, USPS hasn’t changed its deadlines for when to ship your packages, nor will the post office be open on Sundays or holidays. This expansion of services is also just for package delivery; it seems mail & letter delivery will still only occur on the “regular” schedule of Monday – Saturday.
How does this change affect your holiday shipping game plan? Let us know in the comments!