LINCOLN, Neb. -- Shipping holiday gifts just got more convenient. The Lincoln Main Post Office at 700 R Street will have retail window hours from 10:00am - 2:00pm on Sunday, Dec. 3, Dec.10, and Dec. 17, Postmaster Kerry Kowalski announced Friday.
"As we count down to the holidays, we know how demanding the season can be as we rush to get everything done on time," said Kowalski. "Having Sunday retail hours will help our customers' check holiday mailing off their to-do list."
USPS employees will be available to help customers ensure their holiday packages are packed, tracked and delivered with ease. In addition to holiday Forever Stamps, Post Offices offer Priority Mail supplies and other packing items to provide customers with added convenience. These include bubble mailers, shipping boxes, bubble wrap and packaging tape. Also available are a selection of greeting cards and gift cards, making your Post Office a one-stop shop for holiday gift giving.
A reminder that stamps and packaging supplies are available via your computer 24/7 at usps.com - where customers can also use their credit or debit card to purchase mailing labels for packages and then request a free carrier pickup of those packages the next business day.
"Customers can count on the Postal Service and our more than 640,000 dedicated employees to deliver their holiday gifts, cards and letters on-time this holiday season," said Kowalski.
The Postal Service will deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday season, and a record 850 million packages, which is more than a 10 percent increase compared to 2016 holiday season. A similar increase is expected locally.
The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities including Lincoln, and anticipates delivering more than 6 million packages on Sundays this December.
The Postal Service offers a new service this year called Informed Delivery, which allows users to interact with their incoming mail and packages in one convenient, online location. Informed Delivery is an optional notification service for residential consumers that sends an email to users containing images of the outside of letter-sized mailpieces that are arriving soon. Users will also be able to view delivery status of packages, provide Delivery Instructions, manage their notifications, and schedule redelivery - all from their smartphone, tablet or computer. Go online to informed delivery.com to sign up for the free service.
The Postal Service recommends the following Christmas mailing and shipping deadlines:
Dec. 11 - APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail & First Class Mail
Dec. 16 - APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail Express
Dec. 14 - USPS Retail Ground
Dec. 19 - First Class Mail
Dec. 20 - Priority Mail
Dec. 22 - Priority Mail Express
Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom at usps.com/holidaynews
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.