USPS to Deliver Parcels on Sundays Through the Holiday Season
It turns out that the mailman actually does deliver on Sundays, at least during the holiday season. The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced Sunday delivery of parcels through the holiday season. This revised delivery schedule only applies to major cities and what are termed “high-volume” areas. The Sunday delivery service will start on November 17 and run until Christmas Day.
The USPS has been plagued with declining revenue as residents and businesses increasingly turn to e-mail over traditional snail mail. However, the USPS has been encouraged by the rise in parcels as more Americans embrace e-commerce. They expect to deliver 12% more parcels this year than last for a total of 450 to 470 million packages. This is one of the few areas where the organization sees growth potential. In that regard, it only makes sense to increase deliveries in areas where they stand to benefit the most. UPS, one of their main competitors for parcel deliveries, is already gearing up to hire thousands of temporary workers to handle the increase in parcels this Christmas season.
Clearly, the USPS wants to give online shoppers one more reason to choose them as the delivery carrier over UPS or FEDEX. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe put it in unmistakable terms when he stated the USPS makes more deliveries to more locations than any other shipper. He then stated that with Sunday delivery, his organization has set a very high standard. Online sales are expected to grow by as much as 11% this year and account for $105 billion in purchases.
2014 Postal Holidays
- Wednesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
- Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday (observed)
- Monday, February 17 – Washington’s birthday (observed)
- Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day
- Friday, July 4 – Independence Day
- Monday, September 1 – Labor Day
- Monday, October 13 – Columbus Day
- Tuesday, November 11 – Veterans’ Day (observed)
- Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
- Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day
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