Post offices prepare for holiday shipping

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Holiday shipping is in full swing which means post offices are busy helping you send gifts.

Thursday is an important day if you plan to ship Christmas presents via the US postal service. It's the last day to ship packages by ground if you want to get them to their destination by Christmas.

Wichita postmaster Ryan Knopik says they've seen about a ten percent increase in the number of packages they're shipping this year.

One reason for that he says is online shopping.

The way they prepare for that is increasing the number of people on the floor and delivering mail.

"We do staff up for this time of the year, we actually do start preparing for this time of the year as early as June and July to get our staffing on board to help with the increased volume," says Knopik.

Knopik says they need more staff because they will deliver more than 5.6 million packages in Kansas over the holidays.

The Postal Service predicts that Monday, Dec. 18, will be the busiest mailing and shipping day of the year.

During that week, more than 3 billion cards, letters, and packages will be processed and delivered, including more than 180 million packages — roughly 26 million packages each day.

"To incorporate this increased package volume we're offering additional retail hours we're opening at the general mail facility which is 7117 west harry we're open from 11 to 3 this Sunday."

Make sure to get your packages to the post office by the end of the day to ship them via ground. The deadline for first-class mail is Tuesday, December 19.

We have a list of important dates you need to know if you are sending presents via USPS, FedEx, and UPS.

Postal Service:
USPS Retail Ground – Dec. 14
First Class Mail – Dec. 19
Priority Mail – Dec. 20
Priority Mail Express – Dec. 22

FedEx:
FedEx Ground – Dec. 15
FedEx Express Saver – Dec. 19
Fedex 2Day – Dec. 20
FedEx Overnight – Dec. 21

UPS:
UPS 3 Day Select service – Dec. 18
UPS 2nd Day Air – Dec. 20
UPS Next Day Air – Dec. 22