Nebraska Post Offices Are Very Busy During Holidays
More than 1.3 million cards, letters and packages are expected to be mailed in Nebraska on Monday, the busiest mailing day of the year; that’s 57,600 pieces per hour, 960 per minute, or 16 per second.
Fully-staffed Post Offices will greet customers, and postal managers will be in lobbies on December 19th to answer questions and provide assistance.
“The best advice I can give customers is to mail early and conveniently,” said Cozad Postmaster Tess Kaiser.
Those looking to avoid the crowds, and save some time, are encouraged to ship from home for the holidays at usps.com where more than 3 million customers are expected to print postage-paid shipping labels and request a free pickup of their packages.
In addition to the nearly 500 Post Offices in Nebraska, there are also 32 full-service Contract Postal Units, including Hy-Vee stores. To find the nearest postal location, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or go to usps.com.
Nebraska postal carriers are projected to deliver a record 2.7 million packages this holiday season, a 12 percent increase compared to last year.
Virtually all larger Post Offices in Nebraska are delivering packages seven days a week through Christmas, and smaller Post Offices as well where package volumes merit.
Postal customers are encouraged to go to myusps.com to sign up for real time text and email notifications of the status of their packages. If a package doesn’t fit in the mailbox and the customer won’t be home to receive it, the customer can provide delivery instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified location, with a neighbor, or choose to pick it up at the Post Office.