Postal workers prepare for holiday rush

Posted at 10:19 PM, Dec 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-11 00:19:07-05

SALT LAKE CITY – The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for those in the shipping business, and the United States Postal Service is ready to get in gear for the season.

District Manager Jimmy Wolf said this coming Monday is one of the busiest mailing days of the year.

“December 16th is basically the last Monday, prior to Christmas, that people can mail all across the country,” he said. “Typically people sit at home on those weekends and a get their packages to go and mail them on Monday.”

About six million cards, letters and packages pass through Salt Lake City’s distribution center each day, and things are even busier during the holidays.

“We anticipate processing 200,000 priority parcels on that day,” said Laura Hubrich, who is the Salt Lake senior plant manager.

That’s just for Salt Lake County, nationwide, the USPS expects to ship around 420 million packages and 15 billion letters and cards.

Experts urged people to wrap packages carefully and to ensure they have the correct zip-code—rather than just guessing. Zip code information can be found at

For those who hold off until the last minute: Priority Express Mail can get a delivery to someone on Christmas morning—as long as it is sent by Dec. 23. That option has a $40 flat rate.