USPS is getting slower. What does this mean for holiday shipping?
New USPS service standards mean slower holiday mail delivery
The USPS says new service standards for first-class mail and periodicals are coming, which means service is about to get even slower.
Staff Video, USA TODAY
Changes are coming to the United States Postal Service starting October 1. Customers don’t know what this means for the future of postal mail. The changes imply longer service times for first-class mail and periodicals, as well as a temporary holiday-related price increase.
Read on for a breakdown of the USPS changes and how long some of them last.
Will all USPS mail be affected by the changes?
USPS classifies first class mail differently from first class packages. First Class Mail includes items such as standard letters, birthday cards, and apartments. First-class packages are generally smaller, lightweight packages.
The new service standards impact on first class mail and periodicals. While USPS says that “most first class mail (61%) and periodicals (93%)” will not be affected, the changes will result in longer transit times for mail traveling long distances, particularly form an ocean to another. Courier traveling to the same region will still have a two-day delivery time.
This means that if you have a birthday card to send to Grandma across the country, send it in the mail ASAP.
When Does Affected USPS Mail Slow Down?
The changes started on Friday October 1 and will impact all mail in the future.
Do I have other shipping options?
Yes. Customers can still choose to use Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail to ship packages within the contiguous United States. Both options are delivered within 1-3 days.
What’s New With The Rising USPS Prices?
Due to anticipated increased demand for the holidays, shipping via USPS will temporarily become more expensive from Monday October 3 through December 26. This will apply to all domestic packages but will not impact international products.
Will Forever stamps also get more expensive?
Yes, but not for a while. According to a September 15 statement from the USPS, The price of Forever stamps will increase in July 2022.
Should I expect delays with holiday mail?
USPS spokesperson Kim Frum said peak season for USPS is between Thanksgiving and New Years.
“Every year, we urge customers to plan ahead and ship their holiday gifts early, because the longer you wait, the more limited your choices of shipping options are,” Frum said.
During the 2020 holiday season, USPS delivered over one billion packages.
A more detailed holiday shipping schedule, including shipping times for military, domestic and international packages, is expected to be released late next week.
Why is this happening?
In short, the postal service is in financial difficulty and for some time.
Frum said the plan “will help bring the organization back to financial viability and achieve service excellence while maintaining six-day universal mail delivery and expanding seven-day parcel delivery.
“The Postal Service Plan will drive cash flow and savings to achieve $ 40 billion in capital investments over the next 10 years, many of which have long been delayed due to the organization’s financial challenges over the course of of the last decade. “
Several members of Congress criticized the plan, citing concerns about rural residents can get prescriptions in right time.
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