BOISE - It’s that time of year when people are either shipping packages or expecting one, and after weekend sales the post office has seen an increase in people coming in.
The U.S. Postal Service is expecting to see a 12 to 14 percent increase in deliveries this holiday season, meaning more than two million packages will be delivered in Idaho, Boise Postmaster Dan Corral said.
"It’s a huge number, but we're excited to take it on and get it done," he said.
The Postal Service has been getting ready for the task since early July.
"We start planning our vehicle situations and routes, and how early we want to start things,” Corral said. “We also pick up a lot of seasonal employees.”
The Postal Service is extending its services by delivering packages seven days a week, and early in the morning and later in the evening. The goal is to get as many deliveries done as quickly as possible.
“Everything that's coming in we are working to get delivered every day, including Sundays, so we'll see priority mail, anything that you're buying online, we're going to get it delivered," Corral said.
Even though the Postal Service is ready for the challenge, there are still things you can do to make sure your packages arrive on time.
"We always ask, suggest you get your shopping done early, get to the post office early and get them in the mail,” Corral said.
Packages, cards and letters need to be in the mail by Dec. 21. Anything international needs to be in by Dec. 8 or Dec. 9.
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