Postal Service Offers Holiday Shipping Tips

Nov. 5, 2012

Postal Service Offers Holiday Shipping Tips

CUDAHY — With less than 60 shipping days left until Christmas, the Postal Service is offering shipping tips to help customers make sure their holiday gifts reach their destinations in time.

“The Postal Service expects to deliver close to 18 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and News Year’s Eve,” said CUDAHY Postmaster Mark Groshek. “That’s a lot of mail and we want to help our customers by making their shipping easy during this holiday season.”

The following tips will help customers when shipping packages:

 There are special conditions and restrictions when mailing toys and other electronic devices containing batteries. Please consult the local Post Office for more information about shipping batteries domestically or internationally.

 Place a card inside the package that contains both the delivery and return addresses. This ensures the safe return of an item that could not be delivered should the mailing label become damaged or fall off.

 Include both “to” and “from” information on packages – and only on one side.

 Always use a return address.

 Select a box that is strong enough to protect the contents, like one of the Postal Service Flat-Rate boxes in small, medium and large sizes.

 Avoid reusing mailing boxes as they can weaken during the shipping process.

 Stuff glass, fragile and hollow items with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage.

 When mailing framed photographs, take the glass out of the frame and wrap it separately.

To save time, customers can also order free boxes online by visiting the Postal Store at by December 3rd and use Free Package Pickup.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation — 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office™ Boxes. The Postal Service™ receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,®, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. In 2011, Oxford Strategic Consulting ranked the U.S. Postal Service number one in overall service performance of the posts in the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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