Today is busiest day for Erie General Mail Facility

   December 17, 2012 10:47 am

 

The Erie General Mail Facility on East 38th Street will be one busy place today.
Workers there are expected to process about 500,000 pieces for first-class mail today, almost triple its usual daily load.
“There’s been consideration out there that greeting cards aren’t as popular as they used to be,” said Tad Kelley, spokesman for the western Pennsylvania district of the United States Postal Service. “We’re actually seeing they are going strong. Must be there is still something about getting a card at the holidays. … Besides, I have yet to see an e-mail hanging next to the fireplace, and I hope I never do.”
The strong greeting card business is helping the western districts maintain pace with previous years.
About 2.5 million pieces of mail will be processed in western Pennsylvania today alone, about double the normal rate.
“We’re holding up compared to last year and the previous five years,” Kelley said.
Nationwide, the USPS will process 658 million pieces of first-class mail today.
This week is the final push for holiday-related work, Kelley said. He had some advice for those with things still to send that you want delivered by Dec. 25:
— Thursday is the last day you’ll want to drop cards or letters in the mail if you want to be sure they will arrive before Christmas.
— Friday is the last day for Priority Mail packages.
— Saturday is the last day to send something by Express Mail, the USPS’ overnight delivery service.

 

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