Salt Lake Main Post Office prepares for busiest mailing day of the year

Salt Lake Main Post Office prepares for busiest mailing day of the year

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – The main Salt Lake Post Office is gearing up for a big holiday rush. With Christmas around the corner, next Monday is expected to be the busiest mailing day of the year. Tuesday night, staff gave ABC 4 Utah a sneak peak inside post office operations.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – The main Salt Lake Post Office is gearing up for a big holiday rush. With Christmas around the corner, next Monday is expected to be the busiest mailing day of the year. Tuesday night, staff gave ABC 4 Utah a sneak peak inside post office operations.

If you live anywhere in Utah or Southern Idaho, and you're mailing something this Christmas, odds it will come through one of the two mailrooms at 1760 W. 2100 South in Salt Lake City. Even though Christmas is still 15 days away, there's a lot of mail they're going through already.

It's not often you get to see inside the Salt Lake Post Office main mailroom.

"Have you ever seen a mailroom?” “A mailroom, no.” “No? Oh, wow!" quote from Elf, New Line Cinema (2003).

Will Ferrell may not be there, but this time of year, it is busy.

"These two facilities process about 6.5 million pieces of mail on an average day," said Jimmy Wolf, USPS District Manager.

Next Monday that volume jumps another million as people send off packages and Christmas cards on the busiest mailing day of the year.

"What are you mailing off today?” Reporter Brian Carlson asked.

“Christmas cards," said Sarah Moyle, USPS customer.

"I'm mailing 401K information packets,” said Jessica Todd, USPS customer.

“That's the best Christmas gift ever,” Carlson said.

“It is!" Todd said.

Salt Lake Post Office staff said their facilities can handle the holiday load, but if you want your Christmas cards or gifts to arrive on time you may want to mail them now.

"I would mail as early as possible, I would be mailing this week as much as possible," said Wolf.

"That's why I'm here today,” said David Johnson, USPS customer.

“Right, beat the holiday rush,” Carlson said.

“I'm going to try this year," said Johnson.

If you do the same, when your package comes through this plant, staff said everything should fall in place just when you need it.

Here's a couple other things to remember, if you want to make sure your holiday package gets to where needs to go, staff recommend don't guess on the zip code, always use a return address and make it's taped up nice and tight.

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