Time to wrap up package delivery

Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Hurry. Hurry.

If you haven’t taken your Christmas cards and packages to the post office yet, today’s the day.

“It usually takes three to five days (to deliver to addresses Outside),” said Brenda Brown, postal clerk in Soldotna. Today is pushing it, she said.

The post office does offer express mail service, which provides two-day delivery to most locations. To some in-state locations and Seattle, express mail can get there overnight.

United Parcel Service (UPS) can get packages to destinations in the Lower 48 by the next day, if people have them to the UPS Store on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna by 9 a.m. Thursday, according to store owner Connie Gatling.

The deadline for second-day service is 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday delivery.

The UPS Store is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“We can also pack items for people if they’re running late,” Gatling said. “And, we offer a variety of shippers all in one location.”

She said the store has five people working at the counter this week, “which makes it go really fast.”

“There are no lines,” Gatling said.

The Kenai postmaster said it’s still OK to get packages to the post office today for priority delivery by Christmas.

“We’ve got candy canes spread out everywhere and all the clerks have great smiles,” said Laurel Pickering, postmaster. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Representatives from both post offices asked that people come in to pick up the many packages that have been delivered to Soldotna and Kenai postal box customers.

“I’ve got carriers out there just making package runs (to street address delivery customers),” Pickering said Monday.

“People need to know that just because their mail has been delivered, may not mean that’s it for the day. There may still be a package here,” she said.

The U.S. Postal Service will be delivering on Sunday and Christmas Day.

The deadline to ship things at standard delivery rates through FedEx was last Wednesday, according to senior customer service representative Jimmie Smith.

“We can still ship overnight, if packages are at FedEx by Friday,” Smith said.

“It’s possible we will be delivering Sunday and Christmas Day,” he said.

The counter hours for FedEx at 427 N. Willow St. in Kenai are 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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