USPS will see "busiest year ever" ask customers to know their holiday shipping dates

A United States Postal Service self-service kiosk in Fargo, ND.

Getting this year's door-busters has more to do with the speed of your internet than the speed of your feet. When those packages get delivered will depend on months of preparation for the United States Postal Service.

"From this point forward, all the way until Christmas, and into the middle of Jan. with return packages, this would be the busiest year ever," said Floyd Wagoner, USPS Strategic Communications Specialist.

Despite the workload, USPS doesn't have any type of projection for how many packages they will handle in the uncertainty of the pandemic.

"The volumes are just too great for us to understand exactly how many are going to be coming through," said Wagoner, "We are already amped up, we are ready to go."


Those who use USPS Retail Ground Service will get their package in the mail by Dec. 15. First Class packages have until Dec. 18 to reach their destination and Priority Mail can run through Dec. 23, with their Express Service.

With the USPS website, people won't have to go to the post office to find out when their packages will arrive.

"All of the services you have when you walk into the post office are available online," said Wagoner.

Through the website, people can purchase postage, schedule a package pickup and check order status online.

The USPS will deliver packages anywhere, so every North Dakotan and Minnesotan can get their Black Friday purchases on time.

"We are working very hard. We don't see a rural delivery point as any more difficult a delivery than a city delivery. If anything, it's as much necessary as any other type of delivery," said Wagoner.

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