Christmas time is a busy time for Post Office

Mailman Tod Norman Pulls some packages out of his truck Friday to deliver to a home in Logan.

Logan Postmaster Katie Eversten, a recent addition to the Logan Post Office, said it’s an enjoyable time of year for the Post Office. They are seeing a big increase in the volume of packages for the holidays.

Logan Postmaster Katie Eversten hands a package to Greg Chang at the Logan Post Office Thursday. The Poost Office is seeing a big increase in the volume of packages for the holidays.

“We started seeing a higher volume of mail right after Veterans Day, Nov. 11,” she said. “We hired three temporary employees to help with volume.”

Eversten said they have extended their hours from early in the morning until later in the evenings and they are working seven days a week.

“We have some amazing employees at the Logan Post Office,” Eversten said. “We love delivering packages. It’s a fun time of year.”

Postmen and women are trying to get as many packages as they can delivered in a limited amount of time.

In order to make deliveries as smooth as possible, Eversten wanted to remind people to keep their dogs restrained and make sure to clear snow and ice from around mailboxes and walkways when it snows.

For packages to have the best chance of getting to their destinations for Christmas, use the following guidelines. The Postal Service recommends customers in the U.S. observe the following mailing deadlines:

First-Class Mail Service

Dec. 20, 2018

Priority Mail Service

Dec. 20, 2018

Priority Mail Express® Service

Dec. 22, 2018

USPS Retail Ground

Dec. 14, 2018

Mailman Todd Norman drops a package off to a Logan home on Friday.

“We are projecting more than 16 billion total pieces of mail and packages from Thanksgiving to New Year, including more than 900 million packages,” Brian Sperry USPS spokesman said. “During the peak holiday week, Dec 17-23, the USPS is expect to deliver more than 200 million packages.”

USPS hired extra help, increased transportation and operational capacity, and expanded delivery windows and retail hours.

Sperry said there is no longer a “busiest day.” With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, the Postal Service’s busiest time is now two weeks before Christmas.

The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, when nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.

USPS is making it easier to ship a package. By using their website, usps.com, it’s as easy as making an online purchase, and you can do it anytime day or night.

Customers can also request a free package pick up.

 The Logan Post Office at 75 W. 200 N. will extend retail hours the three Saturdays before Christmas (Dec. 8, 15, and 22). Retail hours on those dates will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Logan Post Office will also offer a dutch-door package pickup service on the three Sundays before Christmas (Dec. 9, 16 and 23) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A door near the entrance will have a doorbell where people can pick up notified mail and packages which could not be delivered on the first attempt.

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