Post Office Expects Holiday Deliveries To Jump To 750 Million Packages

By Tomi KilgoreMarketsMarketWatch Pulse

The U.S. Postal Service said it expects to deliver about 750 million packages during the peak holiday season, up 12% from the same period a year ago. The Post Office said it expects the busiest mailing day for packages, letters and cards to be Dec. 19, the Monday before Christmas, and the busiest delivery day to be Thursday, Dec. 22. About 30 million packages are expected to be delivered on the peak delivery day. Sunday deliveries will be expanded to all locations beginning Nov. 27. The Post Office said it will hire more than 35,000 seasonal employees to help meet the increased delivery demand.

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