Post Office asks customers to mail now, make holidays magical
With the volumes of cards, letters and packages expected to mushroom with the countdown to the holidays, Rockford Postmaster Ronald A. Calloway advises to mail as soon as possible.
Our goal is to deliver increased holiday mail volumes at our normal year-round service levels to make your holidays magical, says Calloway. Although we have taken extra measures to handle the added volume, we are asking customers to mail now to avoid a backup of mail the last days before Christmas.
U.S. Postal Service customers will bring nearly 20 billion mailpieces during the holiday season, which lasts from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31.
Postmaster Calloway said customers can help speed Post Office transactions by providing retail clerks with full info on packages, such as requirements for insurance, delivery confirmation, and desired time for package arrival. Other helpful mailing tips to avoid glitches include:
l Write, type or print delivery address neatly.
l Always use a return address.
l Always use complete address information, such as Ave., Blvd. and St. Use the apartment or suite number as well as correct directionals, such as N, W and SW.
l Dont let an incorrect ZIP code delay delivery of cards and letters. Local post offices and the Postal Service Web sitewww.usps.comoffer ZIP code information. We also offer a toll-free number, 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275 8777).
l Select a container thats strong enough to protect the contents. Leave space for cushioning inside the carton.
l Always use tape that is designed for shipping, such as pressure-sensitive tape, nylon-reinforced craft paper tape or glass-reinforced pressure-sensitive tape.
l Plain air-popped popcorn, shredded or rolled newspaper, bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts work well for cushioning packaging.
l The only addresses on packages for mailing should be the delivery and return addresses. Tip: Place a return address label inside the package.
l Carefully pack glass and fragile hollow items, like vases, with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage due to shock. When mailing framed photographs, take the glass out of the frame and wrap it separately.
l Packages that weigh at least one pound must be taken into the Post Office for mailing.
l Access the Postal Services Web sitewww.usps.comfor postage calculations, the latest address information, and unique gifts at the Postal Store.
l When writing to Santa, be sure to use a return address. Santa may write back. Also, when writing Santa, please dont place any cookies for Santa or hay for his reindeer as this can gum up our mail sorting equipment and delay delivery.
l The holidays are here, and we want to make sure your mail flies like an eagle and is delivered on time. Just help us by mailing today, Calloway said.