It is estimated that 900 million packages will be handled this holiday season, and the two weeks before Christmas are the busiest time of the year for the US Postal Service. The main Rochester Post Office on Jefferson Avenue was humming with activity, getting goods processed through the small parcel sorting system, and onto doorsteps across the region. The employees here have multiple shifts, covering all 24 hours, around the clock.
“Santa’s got some tricks up his sleeve, I’ll give him that, but I would not want to go up against our carriers.” says Anthony Frosino, Senior Manager of Distribution Operations. “So we are here for the challenge. We have some great employees in this facility, very dedicated, and we’re moving at a really good pace,” adds Frosino.
300 mail processing employees normally run this operation, but with Christmas approaching, an additional 120 workers are brought on board to keep the holiday stream of packages moving. The average number of pieces sorted per day is 55,000. Right before Christmas, that number jumps to an estimated 100,000 daily, with approximately two million packages in total for the season.
Karen Mazurkiewicz, Spokesperson for the US Postal Service says, “So, it’s kind of like Santa’s workshop.”
On the floor, one postal worker says he’s had no trouble sleeping at night, tuckered out from all the sorting and running around…but the work is worth it. Scott Enright says enthusiastically, “This is what it’s all about. Christmas time, and this is our season.”
While most get the message to get their mail in before the deadlines, Mazurkiewicz says there can always be delay factors, so don’t wait, adding, “Mother Nature always has the last word, so get your mail in.”
To get your mail delivered for Christmas, the priority deadline is December 20th. After that, you’ll have to pay extra for express and that deadline is the 22nd.
More postal service holiday news, including additional shipping dates, pricing and letters to Santa, can be found here: