Postmasters in a number of cities across the country prepared for the expected onslaught of packages in the mail by ordering new vehicles to help move them between their towns’ post offices as well as between post offices and railway stations. The extra vehicle allowance was granted to a number of cities by the Postmaster General in anticipation of need following the beginning of the new service. He had also allowed many cities to retain the extra help hired for the 1912 Christmas mail for the first few weeks in January. The help was needed. More than 300 million packages were mailed by the new service in its first six months of operation. Postal officials responded to the service’s popularity by increasing the weight restrictions over the next few years.