One of the rituals of the holiday season is heading to the post office to mail gifts and cards to loved ones near and far. The tradition of mailing greeting cards is alive and well, if you look at our stats, but alas, some of these well-meaning cards don’t make it to their intended destinations. That’s where Whitepages can help.
What’s more, that online shopping habit of yours is actually a job creator: As more and more people shop online for gifts, seasonal jobs are created because of the need to handle and deliver more packages.
So while you pass the time waiting in line at the post office, consider these holiday facts:
15th Busiest mailing day in December…
640+ million Cards, letters and packages were mailed that day.
6.5 billion Greeting cards purchased each year by Americans, resulting in…
$7-8 billion In sales; the average person buys 20+ cards per year. The most popular card sending occasion is birthdays.
1.6 billion Number of Christmas cards purchased, the most popular seasonal occasion to send a card followed by Valentine’s Day, when people only send 145 million cards.
70 Percent of card buyers who say sending greeting cards is important.
69.8 billion Pieces of mail that are undeliverable as addressed, meaning 5 out of every 100 pieces of mail never make it to their addressees.
$1.4 billion Cost of undeliverable mail annually. Mail is undeliverable because:
- .13% missing zip code, city or state
- 5.2% incorrect apartment number
- 4.4% missing or marked with an incorrect street name or address
7 Days a week the post office will deliver packages during the holiday season through Christmas Day.
475 million Packages the post office will deliver this holiday season (a 12-14% increase over last year).
20th Last day in December you can mail greeting cards to arrive by Christmas.
21st Last day in December you can mail packages via USPS in order for them to be under the tree on Christmas morning.
214,000 Number of postal service delivery routes.
4 billion Packages the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver this year, (an 8% increase over 2013).
You’ve spent time and effort to pick out the perfect cards and just-right gifts – so make sure you’ve got all the address details straight with Whitepages People Search and the Whitepages app on Android and iOS.