Expect big crowds at Post Office for last holiday shipping deadline

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If you are planning on flying this week for the holidays, airport officials are offering one tip: If its possible, you should ship your gifts instead of taking them with you on the plane.

At the U.S Post office Wednesday December 20th is the deadline for shipping packages by Priority Mail. Anything sent after this date will arrive after Christmas.

"OK, that comes to 43.30", said a post office employee.

"This post office has had a "Santa Service" for about 30 years or more", said Christina McComas, postmaster at the Virginia Street West Post Office.

"If they really want it to get there they should start driving, otherwise come on in we will do our best and we will just tell you what all of our carriers tell us is they will do their best to get the package there", Puritz said. UPS Critical will be mailing packages on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Postal workers anticipate delivering 200 million packages during this time.

McComas added that on an average day, almost 3 million customers visit the nation's brick-and-mortar post offices while more than 2 million customers visit USPS.com online.

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Overall, retailers are wrapping their arms around e-commerce fulfillment but "are still struggling", said Alex Vlasto, vice president of marketing at StellaService. "With Informed Delivery, you can track your packages and check your mail from anywhere".

"It was great to meet the team here at Brecon and thank them for the extraordinary lengths they go to ensure Christmas cards and presents are delivered to loved ones on time, and for all they do year-round".

Gene Mabrey, customer as well said, "I'm shipping some oranges to my relatives back in OH".

The final date for delivery from an Post before Christmas is Saturday, December 23, with services resuming on Thursday, December 28th.

It's the week before Christmas, which means it's getting close to crunch time when stores are filled with last-minute shoppers trying to get that flawless gift for a loved one or friend. "FedEx offers this service 365 days a year in all 50 states, and it will get your package to your recipient the day you ship it, even cross-country".

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