The U.S. Post Office Adds Sunday Shipping During the Christmas Season

There was quite a commotion in 2013 when shipping companies were overloaded with holiday packages ordered online, but the U.S. Post Office is working to make sure that doesn't happen this year. During the holiday season, from November 17 to December 25, 2014, the USPS will begin delivering packages seven days a week in select areas.

The USPS sees the increase in package deliveries coming this year, and is adding Sunday delivery to combat any potential overload that could slow down shipping.

"Every household in America relies on us to get their packages in time for the holidays, and we take great pride in taking on that responsibility," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. "We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to deliver for our customers."

So far, the Sunday USPS delivery schedule is only in "major cities and high volume areas", but if you'll be waiting on some last-minute deliveries this season, check with your local post office to see if Sunday delivery will be available.

An easy way to cut through the hassle of holiday shipping is to sign up for Amazon Prime, which ensures that most everything you order from Amazon gets upgraded to faster shipping. For instance, the Amazon Christmas shipping deadline for Prime members is December 22nd this year.

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