GREENSBORO, N.C. -- WFMY News 2 takes a look inside the Greensboro USPS distribution center as we get ever closer to Christmas.
With Christmas cards and online shopping for gifts and sending those presents, the U.S. Postal Service is very busy, right now.
"It's an opportunity to shine. To show what we've got, and to deliver the packages that are important to our customers," said Jason Dechambeau, the Senior Plant Manager of the Greensboro USPS Distribution Center.
The United States Postal Service is gearing up for their busiest time of year -- the holiday season.
"It is kind of like our Super Bowl, this is what we look forward to every year. It is different, and even though it is challenging -- you work additional hours -- it is exciting for us," said Dechambeau.
It takes a lot of work to get through this time of year. At the distribution center in Greensboro, they hire about 100 extra employees to deal with the increased amount of work. Plus, there are a lot of logistics that have to be planned out month in advance.
"We start planning in July. Setting up transportation, arranging for what our plans are going to be."
This year is even busier than normal, record-setting in fact.
Leaders at the center say they have already seen an increase of about 30 percent in package volume just compared to last year.
On their busiest day, December 18th, just from the Greensboro, Winston-Salem area they expect to ship out 120,000 packages and more than 2 million pieces of mail on that single Monday night.
To put that in perspective, for the center, it will be about two and a half times the amount of packages they normally ship in a day and about three times the amount of letters.
Despite the longer hours, and increased workload, Dechambeau says everyone knows how important these few weeks are, and it keeps everyone going.
"I think morale has been pretty good, everybody looks forward to this. As we get closer to Christmas it can wear on some people, but they're troopers, some of these employees have been here 30, 40 years," said Dechambeau.
Finally, a few things to remember when sending your packages.
Some dates you need to keep in mind are December 14, which is when you need to send your packages for ground transportation. It is for oversized boxes, and is the cheapest option, but it takes the longest.
First Class Mail which includes cards, large envelopes or small boxes. Send by December 19.
Priority Mail which is boxes up to 70 pounds and can be shipped within three days Send by December 20.
None of these mail options are guaranteed to get to their location in their estimated time. The only guaranteed delivery or get your money back is priority express overnight, and those need to be sent by December 22. Shipping starts at $23.75.
The money back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered - or delivery was not attempted within 2 business days.
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