Mail delivery will get slower and priced before the holiday season: NPR

The USPS logo appears on a mailbox in New York. Officials say the postal service is implementing new service standards for first-class mail, as the new service standards will increase delivery reliability, consistency and efficiency for customers.

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The USPS logo appears on a mailbox in New York. Officials say the postal service is implementing new service standards for first-class mail, as the new service standards will increase delivery reliability, consistency and efficiency for customers.

John Smith/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images

It’s better to get these holiday packages in the mail sooner rather than later: Mail delivery is about to get slower and more expensive.

Friday start, the US Postal Service will begin “implementing new service standards” for first-class and periodical mail — slowing the target delivery time by about 30%, USPS spokesperson Kim Fromm told NPR.

According to Frum, some changes will increase the time for some pieces of mail to travel across the country and other long distances. However, it told NPR that 61% of first-class mail and 93% of leagues will not be affected by these changes.

Froome said one-piece first class mail (smaller, lightweight mail) that travels in the same area will still take two days of delivery. However, first-class packages will be affected by the new criteria from Friday.

Additionally, beginning October 3 and ending December 26, the Postal Service will temporarily increase rates on all “domestic commercial and retail parcels” due to the holiday season, Fromm said.

The price increase will not affect international products.

Changes are part of the postal service 10 year strategic plan It was announced by Postmaster General Louis Dejoy last March.

Froome said the plan includes a combination of investments in technology, training and a new fleet of delivery vehicles, which will lead to more “consistency, reliability and efficiency” that will benefit customers.

“The need to transform the USPS to meet the needs of our customers is long overdue,” DeJoy She said in announcing the plan.

Frum told NPR that the Postal Service will use more ground transportation and that it is more reliable and cost-effective than air transportation.

“With this change, we will improve service reliability and predictability for customers while increasing efficiency across the postal services network,” she said.

In August, the Postal Service announced that its standard for first-class mail delivery met 83.6% of the time throughout the quarter ending June 30, compared to its performance of 88.9% during the same period in 2020.

Postal service too mentioned It lost $3 billion for the quarter ended June 30, compared to $2.2 billion a year earlier.

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