United States Postal Service prepared for busiest day of the year

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INDIANAPOLIS – The United States Postal Service predicts its busiest day of the year Monday, Dec. 16. An estimated 600 million pieces of mail will go through the system.

At the processing annex on the southwest side of Indianapolis, workers were sorting and moving mail in the early hours of Monday morning.

“Our volume on the busiest day is going to be 600 million, but we expect an average of 545 million pieces to be processed each day during the the holiday season,” said Mary Dando with the USPS.

She said offices and sorting centers are fully staffed for the busy time.

“We have what we call lobby assistants. They’re wearing red vests and if you go to a post office on Monday, the lobby assistants in the red vest can help you,” said Dando.

She also recommended going online to USPS.com where customers can order flat rate priority shopping boxes, click and print shipping labels, and double check zip codes before addressing packages.

Friday, Dec. 20 is the deadline for first class mail to be received in order to arrive by Christmas.

The USPS will be making deliveries on Christmas Day, excepting Priority Express Mail on the day of Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.