DES MOINES, Iowa — Many of you order items on Prime Day from Amazon last Wednesday and the Des Moines’ Post Office was ready to get those new items to you on-time.
”It gets pretty busy, but you know, they usually get them done pretty quick,” said Anthony Perdue, a carrier for the USPS in Des Moines.
Cheryl Love is the Postmaster for the USPS Des Moines district and she says that the last couple days have been the busiest outside of the holiday season.
“Top 10 busiest for sure. Obviously, peak Christmas season it the busiest but with Amazon and some other e-commerce it increases the load over the last two days,” said Love. “As the volume increases, we shift our staff to keep up and we want to make sure it all gets out in the proper delivery window. ”
Perdue sees the same comparison about this being Christmas in July.
”It’s pretty comparable but it’s a little less because we don’t have as many first class or priority packages, just a lot more Amazon,” said Perdue.
The growing number of parcel packages delivered is just another example of how success the relationship has been for the postal service.
“Our package volume has grown by over 1 billion packages in the last three years,” said Twana Barber, spokesperson for USPS. “ In 2015, we delivered one-third of all domestic packages in the United States. As a part of our efforts to adjust to the dynamic marketplace, we are changing and improving to better serve our customers through continued innovation and improved efficiency”
Love estimates that 40 percent of all parcel packages delivered in the metro come from Amazon. This has helped the postal service bounce back from the lean times.
“We’ve seen double-digit increases in parcel volumes each of the last three years,” said Love. “With that volume, we’ve been able to add 15-20 percent more staff to accommodate that growth.”
The successful relation is also benefiting those who don’t order online.
“The more we ship from online, the more we can split the costs. We provide better shipping options, thus reducing the other cost for everyone. Whether it in-home, e-buy shippers or e-commerce, the volume helps us spread the costs,” said Love.