Are you ready for the holidays? Need some help mailing or shipping your holiday packages? Don’t have time to stand in line?
Then come by the Buffalo Grove Post Office, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 18. Postal representatives will demonstrate how easy it is to mail or ship letters and packages by the Automated Postal Center (APC) located in the lobby.
“We know this is a busy time of year for our customers,” said Buffalo Grove Postmaster Adele Villalobos. “That’s why we’re here to help make their holiday mailing and shipping easy.”
Using the APC is like using an ATM. The machine accepts credit or debit cards and can process 80 percent of retail counter transactions – like buying stamps, weighing packages and buying postage for Express and Priority Mail shipments, and First-Class and Parcel Post mailings.
For added convenience, customers are also encouraged to use the Postal Service’s website where they can ship packages from the comfort and convenience of their home or office. With a computer and Internet access to usps.com, there’s a Post Office at your fingertips — one that’s open 24/7, 365 days a year.
The Postal Service even offers free package pickup from your address the next business day. The Postal Service expects to deliver more than 15 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas this holiday season. The busiest delivery day is expected on Dec. 19. The Postal Service will also see a dramatic increase in traffic to its website. Visits to the website are expected to reach 37 million during the holidays.
Recommended mail-by dates:
- Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail
- Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
- Dec. 22 – Express Mail
For more information about Postal Service products and services, visit www.usps.com. Customers can visit the Postal Service Holiday Blog at www.uspsblog.com for additional holiday mailing and shipping tips, and get the best advice from resident holiday experts for sending holiday cards, letters and packages this holiday season.
New insights are regularly posted to help customers sail through this busy and joyous season. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
— Submitted by the U.S. Postal Service