U.S. Postal Service preps for holiday package rush

LAS VEGAS - The U.S. Postal Service is expected to deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail during the holiday season.

Starting the week of Dec. 11, customer traffic will increase, with the week of Dec. 18 - 24 as the busiest mailing, shipping, and delivery week.  But people who ordered items on Black Friday or Cyber Monday are already experiencing delays.

The delays are sometimes part of the season's gift-giving rush.
In Las Vegas, 8 million packages will go through during the holidays.  Staff at the post office say those numbers will continue to increase.

So, how does the U.S. Postal Service keep everything on track?
With a lot of barcodes and staff.  The post office does additional hiring during the holidays.

"We're processing and moving the mail," said Kathy Hand, USPS Las Vegas postmaster.

Some of the biggest reasons for the increase is Cyber Monday, Amazon and online shopping.  The post office says its system will get your packages to you on time if you give them enough time.

The post office says get your letters in by the Dec. 19.  Priority packages can be as late as the Dec. 22.

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