Several hundred employees work almost 24/7 to process holiday mail.
ANCHORAGE – The post office at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is usually a busy place during the holidays, but self-service kiosks and online technology have led to shorter wait times for many customers.
“This post office is always the best,” said Janet Furr, who mailed several packages Wednesday. “They’re fast. They know what they’re doing. I work in Midtown and I drive to the airport to do business with these guys.”
Just a week before Christmas, the airport post office was relatively calm up front. The back processing area was a different story. During an average month, the post office handles about 40,000 packages every day, but the number jumps to 60,000 during the month of December.
“Mail processing is very automated,” said Operations Support Specialist Joshua Phillips. “It goes through a lot of machines to make sure it gets to its destination safely.”
Several hundred employees work almost 24/7 to process holiday mail: Phillips said that number includes additional, seasonal staff, but the bulk of the work is done by the post office’s regular staff.
“Our career employees really step up and do a fantastic job putting in additional hours to process the mail,” he said.
According to the post office, one way to expedite the process is to make sure your mail is properly addressed and the writing is legible. The sooner you ship your packages, the better the chance they’ll arrive at their destination by Christmas morning.