INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 17, 2015) - If you still have holiday packages to ship out, you should hurry! With just a week left until Christmas, there's still shipping options through UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service that will ensure your loved ones receive their gifts by Christmas, but the clock is ticking down.
Monday was the busiest shipping day of the year. The Postal Service expected to process 640 million cards, letters and packages. That's up from 607 million last year. Mary Dando, a USPS spokesperson, says local increases were even larger than national percentages.
"The national projection has been a growth of 12%. We are already talking about 15 to 20%. So we are seeing so much, and I think a lot of it of course is that people are shopping online. Cyber Monday was busier than Black Friday," says Dando.
Dando says, if you want items delivered by Christmas, you have until Dec. 20 to mail out first class mail and priority mail. You have until Dec. 23 to mail out priority express mail.
At the UPS store in Brownsburg, the storage room was bursting with packages before noon on Monday, with several loads expected to be picked up throughout the day. Owner Tom Reese spent the day carrying gifts to and from customers' cars and pairing customers with UPS employees. He says, even if you're waiting until the last minute, there's still time to ship out packages.
“Oh yeah, there’s still plenty of time, as long as the weather cooperates," says Reese. "The further away it’s going, the quicker you want to get in here and get it on the road, but if the weather stays calm for another week, we’re in great shape.”
Reese says UPS also offers a variety of shipping options to ensure your gift or card arrives in time.
“Tuesday up until about 6 p.m., we can get it out and have it overnighted to the destination," says Reese.
Jereil Williams with FedEx says about 22.6 million packages were processed throughout the network Monday. He says people can also ship as late as Dec. 23 using FedEx Express and feel confident that their gifts will arrive at their destinations on Christmas.