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Don't wait: Holiday shipping deadlines are approaching fast

Don't wait: Holiday shipping deadlines are approaching fast

But how do packages and parcels get from here to there?

"We're all working extra hard right now making sure we get everything delivered by Christmas", Smith said.

"Try not to wake them up and try to secure the package", Lopez said.

Post early - Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early.

She said the postal service is projecting a more than 10-percent increase in package volume alone.

"We're making it easier for customers to manage their mailing and shipping needs during the busiest time of the year", said Jim Cochrane, USPS chief customer and marketing officer and executive vice president. The Postal Service also expects to deliver almost 200 million packages each week from December 11-24.

United Kingdom shoppers spend more than double on online shopping - £2,175 a head - than any other country in the research, the study found. "A lot of it is direct shipping", Johnson said. "It's about three times more items than the next busiest day".

Melissa Warnke, of the Alabama Retail Association, said many retailers are selling online this year.

Deadlines for getting gifts to their destinations before Christmas are close, but there's still time if you're still shipping at the last moments.

Currys PC World, Asos, Very and Littlewoods are also accepting orders until late on December 23 for delivery in time for Christmas.

Gene Mabrey, customer as well said, "I'm shipping some oranges to my relatives back in OH".

"It's the insane time of the year, but we look forward to it", Johnson said.


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