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Bigger packages expected for holidays by Postal Service
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The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver approximately 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats, and packages during the 2015 holiday season. 

In addition, the Postal Service projects approximately 600 million packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, an increase of 10.5 percent over last year’s volume. 

The Postal Service will offer real-time delivery notifications — meaning customers who sign up for alerts at will receive notification within a few minutes of the delivery scan for select packages. 

“Customers can count on the Platteville Post Office and our dedicated employees to deliver their holiday gifts, cards and letters,” said Platteville Postmaster Johnny O’Shea. “We have been preparing for the holiday season and we’re ready.” 

The Postal Service will again deliver packages seven days a week in select major cities and high-volume areas beginning Nov. 29, for the four Sundays before Christmas. The USPS expects to deliver on average approximately 5 million packages every Sunday during December.

The Postal Service predicts that Monday, Dec. 14 will be the busiest mailing and shipping day for holiday packages, letters and cards. The busiest mailing day also is expected to be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit

Monday, Dec. 21 is expected to be the busiest delivery day for holiday packages, cards and letters. The Postal Service anticipates that more than 30 million packages will be delivered on the peak delivery day alone. Consumers can also visit for more information and shipping options throughout the season.

For Christmas delivery, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

Dec. 8: Priority Mail Express International.

Dec. 15: Standard Post.

Dec. 19: First Class Mail and Global Express Guaranteed.

Dec. 21: Priority Mail.

Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express.