Holiday mailing season arrives
By JEAN L. KAESS
MORGAN CITY — Between shipping gifts to family and friends who live in other areas and receiving packages from sales on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Tri-City post offices are generally reporting increases in package receipt and delivery.
The number of packages increased beginning Tuesday due to people shopping online over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to Morgan City Postmaster Michelle Redman.
That increase in activity will continue through the week of Christmas, Redman said.
The amount of packages coming through the Brashear Avenue office this year has been comparable to previous years, she said. The office also sees some increase in first class mail due to Christmas card mailings, but “not like in years past,” Redman said.
She also noted that she expects the office’s Express Mail service to increase significantly the week before Christmas as patrons want to guarantee arrival of presents to loved ones in other areas.
Postal Clerk Ruby Bartley, who has been on the job for nearly 20 years, said this year’s shipping uptick is the busiest flow she’s seen since she started working there.
Roughly 500 packages daily are shipped through the Patterson office. Interestingly, the increase in shipping began just after Halloween, she said.
No increase in package shipping has been seen to date, according to Angela Fields, Berwick postmaster. She expected the influx of holiday activity to begin next week and extend until about three days before Christmas. Fields, too, noted a decrease in the number of Christmas cards sent from previous years.
Postmaster Jovita Compton said that her office began seeing a slight increase in packages last week right before Thanksgiving. The trend, she said, is for both incoming and outgoing package shipping to continue to increase with the culmination being around Christmas.
As for Christmas cards, Compton said that even though her office still has Christmas-theme stamps available, “nobody mails them like they used to.”
Shipping deadlines to receive a package for Christmas, according to the U.S. Postal Service website, are:
—Dec. 3, Priority Mail International
—Dec. 11, Express Mail International
—Dec. 15, Parcel Post
—Dec. 17, military
—Dec. 19, most international shipping
—Dec. 20, First Class Mail
—Dec. 21, Priority Mail
—Dec. 22, Express Mail