GREENSBORO, N.C. – Postal workers have been planning for a year to deal with the 8.2 million pieces of mail that will come through the processing facility on Monday alone.
"It's our busiest day of the year," said Russell Gardner USPS district manager for the northern part of North Carolina including the Triad. "Over the weekend people started making their Christmas cards out and that's why today is our busiest days."
Mail from 219 post offices in the Triad, Foothills and Mountains come through the Greensboro processing center where 750 employees sort the mail including those hand-addressed Christmas cards.
"The software the postal service has reads about 95 percent of all mail including hand written mail," said Plant Manager Jason DeChambeau. The small percentage that the system can't read is due to either poor handwriting or red Christmas cards. "Red cards pose problems for automation; it's very hard to read." An employee will still sort by hand those hard to read cards.
The postal service continues to evolve including offering package delivery every day.
"Now you are going to see us on Sunday, every Sunday," Gardner said.
Next year the postal service will start delivering groceries on the East Coast.
The idea of groceries being delivered to your front door is already taking off in test markets like San Francisco.