Postal Service sees fewer holiday packages

Normally the busiest time of the year, the U.S. Postal Service says the pace is down.

EMAIL  |   PRINT  |   SHARE  |   RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The last Monday a week before Christmas has traditionally been the busiest day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service and people mailing holiday packages, but officials say the pace is down this year because of the economy.

"Yes, we have seen somewhat of a downturn but it's still a little bit early in our season to predict just how much it will impact us," said Yverne Pat Moore, postmaster for Washington, D.C.

She spoke at what normally is the busiest post office in her region, but only a handful of people were in line at the front counter Monday morning. In the back of the facility, handlers had comparatively smaller piles of parcels stacked up awaiting long-haul delivery trucks.

"Obviously we, like the rest of the economy, are seeing a little bit less in terms of the packages," Moore said. Nationwide, "we're forecasting maybe 19 billion pieces" for the period, she said, about a billion pieces fewer than normal.

She said volume has also been hurt by Internet shopping and online outlets that ship directly, often using competitors to the Postal Service to deliver merchandise.

Moore suggested DHL's withdrawal from the domestic U.S. market in recent months has brought some business back to the Postal Service.

And Moore disputed the notion electronic holiday cards would soon replace the annual mailing of season's greetings. She told CNN "more and more customers are finding that the personalization of sending that card to a residence has really found its mainstay in America. And so people are sending the cards." To top of page

Features
They're hiring!These Fortune 100 employers have at least 350 openings each. What are they looking for in a new hire? More
If the Fortune 500 were a country...It would be the world's second-biggest economy. See how big companies' sales stack up against GDP over the past decade. More
Sponsored By:
More Galleries
These cities have the world's most expensive beer The world's most expensive cities for beer range from European capitals to financial centers in Asia. These are the destinations where a pint will set you back the most. More
8 great convertibles for summer Slap on some sunscreen and hit the open road in one of these fun open-top cars. More
Corporate America celebrates gay marriage decision Big business took to Twitter to celebrate Friday's historic Supreme Court decision. More
Sponsors