At Postal Annex in Bedford, things are getting busy.
“This is our busiest time of year,” owner Brian Pulliam said. “This is our make-or-break time.”
Pulliam and his family are busy doing their part to make sure cherished Christmas gifts make it to their destination on time.
“I wanted to get it mailed early because there is nothing worse than to get your presents after Christmas,” customer Sheila Kudray said.
These customers had the right idea. FedEx, USPS and UPS all have different shipping deadlines for different methods. Wednesday was the deadline for FedEx ground. The USPS is on the Dec. 17.
“You’ve got a couple of days before it starts to get expensive,” Pulliam said. “So, my best advice to you is get your stuff in before the 16th if at all possible and get it on the road.”
The longer you procrastinate the more you’ll have to pay to get it there by Christmas.
“Next thing you know you are having to use an overnight product and don’t get me wrong I’m a huge fan of that but for your benefit, I suggest strongly coming in before it gets to that,” Pulliam said.
Along with timing, Pulliam recommends using smaller packages that are cheaper. But he said to protect what’s inside.
“Try to keep your whatever it is you are shipping two inches away from the side of the box,” Pulliam said. “Top, bottom, sides. That gives enough padding so that when it gets shifted around and moved through the shipping process whatever is in there doesn’t get broken.”
All important details because no one wants a broken or late Christmas gift.
“It’s always important,” Ross said. “People are looking for things, aren’t they? They say they’re not expecting anything but they always do.”
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