Did you know that the third Monday in December is usually the busiest mailing day of the year? And that the Post Office will deliver over 20 billion pieces of mail this holiday season? So, just in time for the busy mailing rush, here are time savers and tips to make sure your mail arrives on time and in good condition.
Don’t Be Late—Holiday Mailing Schedule
First week of December: Get Parcel Post® packages to the post office
Second week of December (not later!): Send all greeting cards
Third week of December: Send all Priority Mail®
By December 20: Send all Express Mail®
Holiday Dates to Remember
Thanksgiving—Thursday, November 28, 2013 (Federal Holiday)
Hanukkah— Wednesday, November 27, 2013 thru December 5, 2013, from sundown to sundown
Christmas— Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (Federal Holiday)
Kwanzaa— Thursday, December 26, 2013 thru January 1, 2014
New Year’s Day— Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (Federal Holiday)
Keeping track of dates and time is important if you want to beat the holiday rush, but equally important is taking advantage of some timesaving shortcuts. Here are some tips sure to help.
Addressing Made Easy
You can make short work of long mailing lists by using Avery Easy Peel Address Labels and free easy-to-use programs such as the Avery Wizard for Microsoft® Office or Avery Design & Print Online to create professional looking, custom-printed address labels in minutes. Visit avery.com/templates to find out more. Avery Easy Peel Address Labels feature the Pop-up Edge™ so labels are easy to peel from the label sheet. No more searching for the label’s edge—just bend the label sheet, and the labels “pop up” for a faster, easier peel. See how Easy Peel® works.
Check Your Zip Codes
Don’t let an incorrect zip code send your mail in the wrong direction. If in doubt, just go to www.usps.com and click on Look up a ZIP Code. Once you’ve got your mailing list in order (with full addresses and correct ZIP Codes) use the Avery Wizard or Avery Design & Print Online and get step-by-step instructions to mail merge your mailing list and print onto labels in minutes. If you don't have a spreadsheet with all of your names and addresses, you can start with our pre-formatted files for Microsoft® Excel or other database programs.
Reuse those boxes
Got a used box that would be perfect for something you need to ship, except it’s got original shipping labels and other markings all over it? No problem. There’s no need to scratch off the old labels—all you need are Avery Shipping Labels with TrueBlock® Technology and free Avery Templates to format and print the new shipping address. You can also make old boxes look like new by covering up old markings with Avery Brown Kraft Shipping Labels. And because Avery Shipping Labels completely cover up everything underneath, your packages look neat, legible, and professional.
Avoid Post Office Lines
Why go to the Post Office when you can calculate and print official USPS postage right from your own PC? You can print postage using popular Avery 5160 Labels and Avery 8160 Labels at www.avery.com/postage, powered by Stamps.com. For new customers, check out the special introductory offer (valued at $100).