USPS is taking into account the busy traffic of packages and deliveries being made in the holiday season and has happily announced that for the first time ever, it will be opening its retail post offices 3 Sundays in a row to appease to the holiday shoppers.
Ever since online shopping has been gaining ground over retail shopping, there has been an increasing pressure on delivery companies and the holiday season is expected to hit an all time high in that regard. The usual delay or long waiting time on packages being delivered in December is anticipated to be slightly reduced this time around and United States Postal Services spokesman Augustine Ruiz also stated that there is a double-digit increase in demands expected as a result of the new, holiday policy.
In addition to the three Sundays that he post offices will keep their doors open for, the agency has also announced longer Saturdays for the people. This program will be ending on December 21st, but has already started when USPS began delivering seven days a week in major cities or other high-volume areas in anticipation for the holiday shipping spree. The digits expected by the United States Postal Service is more than 450 to 470 million packages of mail by December 15th, officially known as the busiest day of the season. This would represent a 12 percent increase in comparison to 2013.
Many people seem to be enjoying the opportunity and decide to choose the United States Postal Services because they are reliable and cheaper than other delivery companies such as FedEx and UPS. Besides that the online shopping option highly appeases more than more people over the tiring traditional retail commotion, crowds and arguments. In addition, online shopping has been constantly made easier over the past years as smartphones become increasingly potent in a lot of things computers would normally do. It has been reported that more than 50 percent of all traffic online retailers recorder comes from mobile devices – including tablets – an outstanding increase from the 6.5 percent it was reported by IBM four years ago.
USPS has also revealed that with the increase of shipping requests all over the United States, it has established a partnership with competitors FedEx and UPS to honor deliveries of parcels in harder to reach zones, thus bringing the Postal Service increased volume and allowing UPS and FedEx to save on delivery costs.
USPS has vowed that in order to avoid holiday delays, uproar and the general dissatisfaction with deliveries during this time of the year, it will be hiring more seasonal workers and increasing capacity.