The Postal Service will deliver packages seven days a week in more than 100 cities during the holiday season, PMG Pat Donahoe announced Nov. 6.
USPS is adding Sunday deliveries to accommodate the ongoing boom in its package business, which is being fueled by double-digit increases in online shopping, the PMG told reporters at a news conference in Washington, DC. The Postal Service expects to deliver between 450 million and 475 million packages this season, up roughly 12 percent from last year.
“Every household in America relies on us to get their packages in time for the holidays, and we take great pride in taking on that responsibility,” the PMG said. “We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to deliver for our customers.”
The seven-day delivery schedule will begin Nov. 17 and continue through Christmas Day. The service will be offered in major cities and other high-volume locations.
Customers also will benefit from Priority Mail service, which offers affordable rates, improved tracking, detailed delivery information and free insurance, CMSO Nagisa Manabe told the reporters.
“While others are raising shipping prices, we are committed to improving service without making you pay more for it,” Manabe said.
After the news conference, the PMG dedicated the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps, which feature images from the classic television special.