United States Postal Service recently released information about what its holiday forecast will look like this year. USPS quoted extra delivery days in some areas, and parcel service Sunday.
Local post offices were asked who would bear the brunt of this increased holiday traffic.
Syracuse Postmaster David Bagwell said although they will continue to maintain usual business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday), the workload of each employee may increase. As for Sunday parcel delivery, Bagwell said his team will “play it by ear.” He said his team will be working extra hours, and many employees who are working part time currently will become full-time for the holidays. In the Syracuse office, most Sundays don’t see a delivery of mail from South Bend until about 1:30 p.m., so if there are additional delivery times it will be done with additional manpower Mondays.
Milford Post Office had similar plans for its holiday rush. Postmaster Ron Mack said they are already starting to see an increase in packages coming through the doors. Mack said he and crew are “utilizing what we have,” and will not be adding any additional hours or employees. Similar to the Syracuse office, Milford will have a few employees becoming full-time for the holidays. They will maintain regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays.
Julia Burns, postmaster for North Webster Post Office, said she will maintain her seven carrier staff during the holiday rush. Five of her carriers are full time, and the two subs will become full time to meet the delivery demand. Her business hours are also the same, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays.
Shipping can also be done on the newly redesigned USPS website, which many residents may find to be a more convenient option.