Tupelo native John Harris has worked at the Thomas Street Post Office in the city for 30 years, the last 15 as a window clerk. Along with being one of the most friendly U.S. Postal Service workers around, he also knows the best ways to get packages to a destination on time and in one piece. Harris spoke to Daily Journal reporter Robbie Ward about holiday shipping.
Q: With Christmas day fast approaching, how can people make sure their gifts and packages arrive to family and friends by Dec. 25?
A: They should mail them as soon as possible. Monday is the cutoff day to get something to overseas destinations. If they’re sending packages out of state, you’ll also want to send them out as soon as possible since airlines delivering packages can be delayed due to the weather conditions.
Q: If people plan to mail snacks, cakes or other perishable items, do you have suggestions for packing them?
A: It all depends on what type of perishables. You should normally send them in a two to three day priority rate. If you send anything that’s more perishable than cakes or cookies, like meats or something that will spoil, I suggest sending it with overnight shipping.
Q: What tips do you give people sending something breakable or fragile to ensure it arrives in one piece?
A: I suggest they pack it pretty well with bubble wrap or stuffed newspaper to make sure it doesn’t bump around. That’s basically all there is to it. If you don’t understand the best way to pack it, just ask your local postal person. We’ll help find the best solution.