USPS offers best value for shipping packages during holiday season

We all know that in order to keep up with high demand during the holiday season, many companies hire more employees. This makes sense when you consider that about 20 percent of all retail sales are generated during the holiday season and that nearly all Americans celebrate a winter holiday. Still, the statistics on holiday hiring could surprise even seasoned veterans of the retail industry.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service hires fewer workers than both FedEx and UPS despite delivering more packages than those two companies combined.

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Carriers are already making big plans to avoid a repeat of last year’s fiasco. FedEx and UPS are encouraging retailers to hold their sales in mid-December, while the U.S. Postal Service is introducing seven-day delivery to meet the rush. It isn’t purely up to the shipping carrier to ensure the holiday is merry and bright. Businesses have a part to play in the success of the season as well. Make sure you know the holiday shipping cutoff dates for FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service ….

Don’t overlook the U.S. Postal Service, which introduced lower rates for Priority Mail on Sept. 7, making it an excellent option for packages weighing more than five pounds or traveling from one coast to another in just two days.

The infographic below, prepared by Endicia, has the lowdown on shipping deadlines and costs by carrier

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shipping costs by carrier

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4 thoughts on “USPS offers best value for shipping packages during holiday season

  1. It is the best value out there and we will smoke the competition just like we did last year!!! ROCK ON USPS!

  2. WHAAAAAAAAAAAA! Stop crying. Packages delivered in the dark due to it getting dark at 5 now. Management hasn’t had bonuses in a few years. I’m not management. Our package volume has gone up. Could it be a reason? Not with you. I work with you. You think you are the best one there and you spend most of your time watching everyone else to make sure nobody’s slice of cake is any bigger than yours. I’ll bet if you worked in the private industry you would have been fired by now.


      Might want to check up on that mgmt bonus bozo. As reported on *this* site, it has been back in force for awhile now.

      Time it’s getting dark has nothing to do with it; shifts are scheduled to end much earlier.

      Typical mgmt slug; no clue about facts, and spews lies instead.

      And I *know* if you were in private industry, not only would you have been fired years ago, you wouldn’t have been hired in the first place.

  3. If you consider “best value” to include the following, happening on a daily basis throughout the country, then yeah, I guess so:

    – packages never leaving the post office, then mgmt. falsely scans them “attempted” to stop the clock on them, helping to preserve their bonuses.

    – packages getting delivered in the dark, due to offices being short staffed of carriers (but always with the full compliment of mgmt. of course) with the consequence, that many times, the customer has quit expecting them that day, and the package sits outside all night long, including in sub-zero temps parts of the countries.

    “We Deliver For You !”

    “We” just didn’t say, how, when, or where is all.

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