Pasadena Snail Mail Gets a Holiday Turbo Boost

Friday, November 7, 2014 | 10:18 pm

This holiday season, Santa is getting a little extra help.

That’s because the Postal Service has just announced that it will be delivering packages seven days a week starting November 17th through Christmas day.  This service is being offered in select cities across the country, and Pasadena was lucky enough to get onto the list.

“The Postal Service ships more packages to more places than anyone else,” said Pasadena Postmaster George Morris. “During the holidays, we’re raising the bar with enhanced tracking and Sunday delivery providing excellent service and reliability that only Santa can compete with.”

The effort comes on the heels of continuing e-commerce growth and improvements to their Priority Mail product line, leading the Postal Service to estimate double-digit growth in packages shipped using USPS as opposed to other package delivery services.

How many packages does the USPS estimate they’ll ship this holiday season alone?

450 to 470 million packages- up to 14% more than last year.

“This is truly our season at the Postal Service, it is crunch time,” said Morris. “We have stepped up our game to ensure America that USPS can be counted on to deliver their cards, gifts and letters in time for the holidays.”

They’ve even created a list of ship-by dates to help customers ensure their packages arrive by Christmas day.  Here’s the list:

•    Dec. 2 – First-Class Mail International/Priority Mail International
•    Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International
•    Dec. 15 – Standard Post
•    Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed
•    Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic)
•    Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express (domestic)

Not really a fan of the post office itself?  Click-N-Ship and other online services allow customers to print shipping labels, order free Priority Mail boxes, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup, so you’ll never even had to step foot in one.

It’s really true what they say- the mail never stops.

For your nearest Post Office location, please call (800) 275-8777 or visit http://www.usps.com

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