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Rockford Post Office gives tips to make holiday shipping easier

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The holiday season is in full swing and that means thousands of packages are being prepped to ship around the country.

"The holidays are less than two weeks away and understandably customers are beginning to feel the pinch," Rockford Postmaster Steve Webb says. The Rockford Post Office has several tips to help you keep your holiday shipping hassle free.

  • Use Click-N-Ship on usps.com/holiday to get up to a 16 percent discount off shipping costs. You can print your own mailing labels with postage and request Free Package Pickup online to have the Postal Service pick up your package from home or the office. The service is free.
  • Print addresses clearly and in all capital letters. Include all address elements, such as suite numbers, apartment numbers, and directional information for streets.
  • Use sturdy boxes that are strong enough to protect the contents. Leave space for cushioning inside the box. ReadyPost boxes can be purchased at local Post Offices or on usps.com. Express Mail and Priority Mail boxes and envelopes are free. Flat Rate Boxes also come in a variety of sizes.
  • Cushion box contents with shredded or rolled newspaper, bubble wrap, or foam peanuts. Plain, air-popped popcorn is a cheap, eco-friendly way to cushion packages. Pack contents tightly to avoid shifting and always use tape designed for shipping. Don't use wrapping paper, string, masking tape, duct tape, or cellophane tape.
  • Remove batteries and fragile items. Wrap and place batteries next to toys or other items in the box; they should be kept in the manufacturer's packaging. Glass and fragile, hollow items like vases, should be stuffed with newspaper or packing material. If mailing a frame, take the glass out and wrap it separately.
  • Mark your calendars for mail-by deadlines:
    • December 14: Parcel Post
    • December 17: Global Express Guaranteed
    • December 20: First-Class Mail
    • December 21: Priority Mail
    • December 22: Express Mail

Additional tips can be found at www.uspsblog.com.

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