Another holiday-season factor that Plattsburgh Postmaster Sharon Larkin said needs to be taken into account is space available in mail trucks.
Along with having the option of flight delivery, priority-shipped packages are given preference on the trucks.
The increase in parcels shipped during the holidays — which Larkin said has risen with the growing number of online purchases — can often leave little room for standard-mail packages.
Larkin also explained that the Postal Service recently added some Priority Mail benefits, including insurance up to $100 and free online package tracking.
The recent closure of the Plattsburgh Mail Processing Center, she said, has had no major effect on holiday mail — the delivery time-frame for the 2013 holiday season is largely identical to what it was in the past.
Beyond taking the priority option, the advice that both Larkin and Marion offer is for postal customers to get their packages in as early as possible.
Dr. Gerald Harrell of Plattsburgh was mailing Christmas gifts to New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon. And while he agreed with the advice to mail early, he chose to send his parcels by standard mail.
“It’s for the babies,” he said, explaining that his infant grand-nephews wouldn’t mind the delay.
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Find U.S. Postal Service holiday mailing deadlines at www.usps/holiday.