Fox 5 Vegas

By: Rachel Moore

If you want your holiday packages under Christmas trees ahead of the holiday, time is running out.

The U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS are expected to ship millions of packages through Christmas, and this week is traditionally the busiest.

Monday marked the U.S. Post Office’s standard mailing deadline.

It’s crunch time at the Trend Nation warehouse. Ten days before Christmas, shipping clerks at the Las Vegas-based e-commerce company were wrapping, packing and shipping hundreds of thousands of gifts ordered via the company’s online services.

“The 15th, 16th and 17th and the last week of business are better than Cyber Monday or Green Monday,” Trend Nation President Brad Howard said.

The U.S. Postal Service anticipates shipping more than 600 million pieces of mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas. They’ll deliver about 470 million packages nationwide.

FedEx hopes to make history this holiday season. Executives predicted an 8 percent increase in shipments on Monday.

“We’re expecting 22.6 million packages to be picked up and delivered, and that’s more than we’ve ever had in the 40-plus-year history of FedEx, so it’s very exciting,” FedEx Vice President Patrick Fitzgerald said.

The U.S. Postal Service recommends customers save time and money by paying for and printing postage online.

In order to get your packages to their destinations on time, the United States Postal Service recommends keeping the following deadlines in mind:

Saturday – First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic)
Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express (domestic)
To help with demand, several local post offices will be open for full retail service on Sunday. They are:

Westridge Station – 7925 W. Russell Road in Las Vegas
Meadow Mesa Station – 4904 Camino Al Norte in North Las Vegas
Summerlin Station – 1611 Spring Gate Lane in Las Vegas
Spring Valley Station – 3375 S. Rainbow Blvd. in Las Vegas
Valle Verde Station – 1575 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson

 

Date Published: December 15th, 2014