November 30, 2004 – Posted at 3:49 p.m. CST
JONESBORO –If you're getting ready to send out your holiday cards and parcels, you probably already know that the post office is a busy place this time of year. But there are a few things you can do to avoid waiting in line.
It's estimated that more than 20 billion cards, letters and packages will be mailed between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
"The letters and the Christmas packages, the volume will get real high over the next few weeks," said Postmaster Hillrey Adams.
Postal officials expect mail volume to peak between December 13th through the 15th. But you can avoid the long lines and the waiting time, with just a few clicks of a mouse.
"We're seeing an increase in just the people at home who want to sit down and save a trip to the post office. They can print that label and get an electronic delivery conformation with that," said Adams.
And you don't have to be a computer genius to figure it out.
"We've got a program called Click-and-Ship and you can print your own postage and labels, and on Net-post you can print your own postcards. You can also schedule carrier pickups if you've got packages you want to mail from your home," said Adams.
You can also order stamps by mail, or use your rural carriers as a mobile post office.
"You can give it to them, they'll bring it in, apply the postage to it and bring you back a receipt the next day," said Adams.
The post office is also employing temporary staffing to help with the holiday crunch.
"If we can make it more convenient where they don't have to make that trip down there to that building," laughed Adams.