Postal service expects to handle 800 million packages during 2019 holiday season

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Conveyor belts direct mail through United States Postal Service's expansive Coppell-based distribution center. It is the second-largest of its kind operated by the USPS. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)

Conveyor belts direct mail through United States Postal Service's expansive Coppell-based distribution center. It is the second-largest of its kind operated by the USPS. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Mail is distributed near the truck bays when it first arrives at the facility. The USPS expects to deliver 13 billion pieces of mail, including packages, during the 2019 holiday season. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A worker handles mail on its first stop at the Coppell-based distribution center. A floor manager said the Coppell location works to hire an additional 100 temporary workers during the holiday season in anticipation of the influx of mail. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A worker moves packages onto a conveyor belt to be sorted to their respective postal routes. The United States Postal Service expects to deliver 800 million packages nationally between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)
The United States Postal Service expects to handle 13 billion pieces of mail, 800 million of them packages, this holiday season, and its North Texas processing and distribution center in Coppell will take part in processing a bulk of that.

The week of Dec. 16 is expected to be the USPS’ busiest week across the country, according to a news release.


Those concerned about the security of package delivery during the holiday season can customize their delivery schedules through USPS’ Informed Delivery service, postal inspector Sean Smith said.

Users can reschedule, hold and redirect their packages using the Informed Delivery service.

See the photos for a look inside the Coppell-based distribution center, which is USPS' second-largest distribution center. It is located at 951 W. Bethel Road in Coppell.
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By Gavin Pugh

After reporting for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano paper for over two years, Gavin launched the Coppell, Valley Ranch and Las Colinas edition in October 2019. As editor, Gavin's beat includes transportation, municipal government, education and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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