NORFOLK, NE- Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone and the holiday season is well underway.
To make sure your gifts make it to their intended recipients in time for Christmas, you may want to keep these deadlines in mind.
Customers planning to mail cards and packages are encouraged to visit the post office in advance for expected deliveries. The last mailing date for your package to arrive by Christmas is December 22nd if it’s within the US, and December 18th if overseas.
Norfolk’s Postmaster Joe Kittleson says business is up 30%, mainly because of the increase in online gift shopping and of course the increase in mailing and shipping that accompanies the holidays. To handle the surge in volume, the postal service is expanding its Sunday delivery operations.
Kittelson also encourages people to keep their driveways, steps, and sidewalks shoveled and clear of snow so that the delivery of your package can go smoothly. It’s also important to note that snowstorms can cause delays.
The post office was closed for the federal holiday of George H.W Bush, which came amid the busiest shipping weeks of the year. Kittelson said it took them two days to catch up. So the sooner you get to the post office this holiday season, the better.