HARRISONBURG Va.-- A record number of items were mailed on Monday, after people spent the weekend sending last minute packages and addressing their holiday cards.
According to the United States Postal Service, Wednesday is the busiest day to receive letters and Thursday is the busiest day for package deliveries.
Employees at the United States Post Office, UPS, and FedEx said at this point, it is too late for ground mail to be guaranteed to arrive before Christmas. There are other options though, it just might cost a little bit more.
All three companies saw a record number of packages coming through this year. A spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service said, online shopping has a lot to do with it.
Michele Martel, the District Communications Coordinator of the United States Postal Service, said "rather than looking at the internet as our enemy, which some people have stated, we see the internet as a partner. The mail can help drive people to the website which then encourages them to do the purchasing. Then, that gives us packages that we have to deliver."
She said, this year they have seen a nine to twelve percent increase in the amount of packages coming through.
According to Martel, the economic downturn caused a huge shift in the makeup of our mail. Now, less people are sending first class mail and package shipments have increased. She said, online shopping has a lot to do with this.
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