Post office employees prepare for holiday rush

The U.S. Postal Service expects 6 million people to visit their local post office Monday. 600 million items are expected to be processed by the end of the day.
BAKERSFIELD, CA- Post office employees are preparing Monday for the millions that will flock to post offices to ship gifts just in time for the holidays.

The U.S. Postal Service expects 6 million people to visit their local post office Monday. They said 600 million items are expected to be processed by the end of the day.

It's projected to be the busiest day for shipping..

"Well every holiday season the volume seems to go up. We're getting so much more package volume in," said postmaster Lynda La Force.

With thanksgiving falling late in the month, it shortened the number of shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Postmaster Lynda La Force says it can get overwhelming but it's good for business. They prepare for the holiday rush in a few ways.

"Extra hiring. You know additional people to get it processed and out to the units and then we probably deliver a little bit later than we would on a normal day to make sure that we get all the packages that we receive that day out that day."

One local consumer expert says you can avoid lines all together.

"You can shop online. You can definitely send those gifts directly from those merchants to your loved ones across the country," said Andrea Woroch a local consumer expert.

Woroch says you can print and pay for postage at the comfort of your home. But before you drop off your box make sure it's sturdy.

"UPS found that even if there's a slight crease in the box it increases the change of damage up by 70%," said Woroch.

Woroch also reminds consumers to remove any old shipping labels to avoid confusion. La Force said residents can ship off items anytime of the day.

"We have two units at Camino Media and at Stockdale that have a self service kiosk that's available 24 hours, 7 days a week that does pretty much every retail transaction you can do at the window," said Woroch.

Shipping deadlines are quickly approaching so you want to check your carrier's website for those dates.

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