Ready to deliver

The Postal Service will deliver more than 28 million packages per day from Dec. 16-21, and the organization will average 20.5 million packages per day through the rest of the year, new projections show.

USPS anticipates it will deliver 800 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day — more than any other shipper, according to the estimates released Nov. 7.

“The Postal Service plans for peak holiday season all year,” the organization reported in its news release. “This includes making sure the right equipment is available to sort, process and deliver the expected mail and package volumes. Seasonal workers are hired when and where needed, and technology has been expanded to enhance package tracking throughout the USPS processing and transportation networks.”

USPS will expand Sunday deliveries to locations with high package volumes, beginning Nov. 24.

The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and the organization anticipates delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays in December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages for an additional fee on Christmas Day in select locations.

Customer traffic at Post Offices is expected to increase beginning Dec. 9, while the week of Dec. 16 is expected to be the busiest time for mailing, shipping and delivery.

Additionally, USPS predicts that almost 2.5 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered the week of Dec. 16.

The Postal Service anticipates the busiest day online will be Dec. 16, when more than 8.5 million consumers are expected to visit usps.com, including 400,000 customers who will use the Click-N-Ship feature.

Almost 105 million consumers are predicted to visit usps.com between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

The Postal Service also expects to process more than 15 million pounds of mail for overseas Department of Defense and Department of State recipients. Both agencies measure their mail volume in pounds, not pieces.

News Briefs

New look

Closer inspection. The Postal Inspection Service has redesigned its website to make it easier for consumers to find crime prevention tips and to learn about the agency.

The site offers information on avoiding common types of crime — including mail and identify theft, lottery scams and phishing — as well as guidelines on reporting suspicious activity.

The redesigned site also offers a behind-the-scenes look into the types of cases the Inspection Service investigates, the state-of-the-art tools used to solve crimes, and how to join the law enforcement organization.

The site is located at www.uspis.gov.

Postal Bulletin. The Postal Bulletin’s Nov. 7 issue offers a preview of this year’s open season benefits enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 11-Dec. 9.

The latest updates to policies, procedures and forms are also included.

Got news? Email your submissions to uspslink@usps.gov.

Colorful greetings

A new Postal Service video features highlights from the dedication ceremony for the Winter Berries stamps.

The Sept. 17 event was held at the Tulsa Botanic Gardens in Oklahoma.

The stamps feature highly detailed botanical portraits of winterberry (Ilex verticillata), juniper berry (Juniperus communis), beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) and soapberry (Sapindus saponaria) plants.

“Soon enough, those winter holidays will be here, and what a wonderfully inclusive way to dress up envelopes with the gorgeous illustrations of these winter berries to mail out on our holiday cards and letters,” Tulsa City Councilor Lori Decter Wright says in the video.

Heroic proportions

Here’s Link’s latest “News Quiz,” a weekly feature that invites readers to test their knowledge of recent stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Fill in the blank: Approximately (blank) military veterans are employed by the Postal Service.

a) 1,000
b) 10,000
c) 100,000
d) 1 million

2. What USPS service allows small-business customers to create prepaid Priority Mail labels on ordinary printing paper?

a) Click-N-Ship
b) Every Door Direct Mail
c) Label Broker
d) None of the above

3. True or false: The new USPS Mail Journey website will help educate customers, employees and others on mail’s changing role.

a) True
b) False

4. Approximately how many charities are participating in this year’s Combined Federal Campaign?

a) 700
b) 7,000
c) 75,000
d) 750,000

5. Match the letter carrier (Column A) with the heroic action (Column B) for which they were recently honored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Column A
a) Theresa Jo Belkota (Lewiston, NY)
b) Michael Musick (Bellflower, CA)
c) Austin Rentz (Sumner, IA)
d) Mark Schuh (Princeton, IN)

Column B
I) Aided a 10-year-old neighbor hurt by a lawn mower
II) Defended a man and his beagle during a dog attack
III) Rescued his Postmaster’s mother from a fire
IV) Responded to a traffic accident that injured two co-workers

Answers: 1) c. 2) a. 3) a. 4) b. 5) a. I., b. IV., c. III., d. II.

Look for a new quiz next week and share your feedback with Link at uspslink@usps.gov.