Wausau Post Office Swamped on Busy Shipping Day

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

For anyone who hasn't yet sent out those Christmas cards and packages, there's no time like the present.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be the busiest shipping days for the U.S. Postal Service.

Ann Kaiser's fiance lives in North Carolina, and to be sure he has a gift to open on Christmas, she was one of many who was sure to get to the post office before it was too late.

"Gotta get him what he wants and gotta make sure he gets it in time, right," she said.

The cut off date for priority mail is Thursday, but even if you wait until Saturday you can still get those packages delivered on time, but you'll have to pay more.

"For last minute shoppers we can ship your package via express mail," said Lori Rogney, the manager of operations at the Wausau Post Office.

Rogney says this year they're dealing with more packages, up about 10 to 12 percent, but holiday greetings are still their bread and butter.

"We canceled over a half a million cards and letters last night so by far our biggest day," she said.

Rogney says although they don't have any more workers on staff to deal with the influx of customers, things have been going smoothly.

You can make sure your package arrives in one piece by packing it with bubble wrap or crushed newspaper, and using a sturdy box not much larger than the item inside.

Rogney also suggests including a return address, and placing the same information with the delivery address inside the package.

Though it's best to get your cards and packages sent early in the season and early in the day, the postal service will work hard to make sure everything gets to where it's going.

"I'm not even worried," Kaiser said. "If I was worried I wouldn't be sending it today I guess," she laughed.

It's probably even more important to get your shipping done sooner than later because of a snowstorm forecasters predict will hit the state Thursday, which could delay things.

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