1.2 million pieces of mail have passed through the Lubbock mail processing center since December first. Monday will be the busiest day for the USPS, and Tuesday the busiest day for UPS.
Preparing one package is a fairly simple process at the UPS store. Employees key in a few numbers, pack it up and it's on its way. But employee, Detra Johnson, will do that hundreds of times next week. "Actually, I'm trying to get motivated for it in my mind. Because I already know it's going to be hectic, especially with the last couple days and that's going to be double on Monday, so I'm ready for it," said Johnson.
This holiday season, UPS will send 340 million packages, 20 million of those on Tuesday alone. "Man, we've had lines out the door. We've been trying to work fast," said Johnson.
Meanwhile, it's lines of letters filling up Lubbock post offices. The post office will be just as busy Monday. Last year a record 3.4 billion cards and letters were sent out during the holiday season, this year will be just as busy.
"That's why I'm here now," said one postal customer, "beat the rush, get on about my business."
"It's crazy busy," said another customer, "but the way they work it, they get you off pretty fast. You don't stand around about 15 minutes when the lines are long."
Johnson says she just wants to survive until Christmas. "We just want to keep customers happy. If they have to wait in line too long, we don't want them to walk out."
Extended holiday hours for Lubbock Post Offices are as follows:
Call 806-762-7801 for more information.
(** Indicates open on December, 23)