According to a press release by the United State Postal Service, "The Postal Service expects to process 545 million pieces of mail every day throughout this holiday season; totaling nearly 15 billion pieces of mail to be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
"Competitive package volume also is expected to increase by approximately 12 percent from last year to about 420 million packages during the 2013 holiday season."
Most will close retail lobby operations by noon on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve; and Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. Customers may check notices in each site’s lobby for more information. Regular mail delivery is not affected and will be provided as usual on both days.
"This is our busiest time of the year and we have more packages this time of year than ever," said Cleveland Postmaster Lorenzo Terry.
"What's contributing to the volume is that UPS and FedEx are dropping some of their packages off for us to deliver. That causes our volume to increase.
"We can deliver on Sunday and we're going to make sure we can get in at a decent hour," Terry added.
Because crime rates tend to increase during the holidays and some residents have reported items stolen off their porches or from their cars, Terry suggests informing the post office employees and deliverers where to place packages so they are safely delivered.
"If you want us to place it in a specific area you would need to contact us on where to leave it, otherwise we will leave a notice so not just anyone can pick it up.
"We want to make sure we don’t leave anything in a bad area," he said.
Terry also added that the post office lobby will remain open and is open 24 hours a day for residents to pick up their mail from the post office boxes, provided they have their key.
However, Terry does ask that because the retail store will not be open any suspicious activity be reported to Cleveland Police Department.
"The lobby is 24 hour and so anyone can check their boxes during Christmas but we would like for anyone to report any strange people in the lobby to police," said Terry.