USPS Changes Delivery Times
With the U.S. Postal Service neck-deep in debt, it's no surprise that mail will be getting slower as it attempts to slash spending and stabilize its finances. The changes include delays of one to two days for first-class mail and most periodicals.
However, magazine publishers that get their mailings into shipment centers before the “critical entry time” should be able to continue with their old delivery schedules.
The size of the Postal Service network is dictated by the current overnight transit time in existing service standards, the USPS noted. Moving first-class mail to a two- to-three-day standard for contiguous U.S. destinations should “allow for significant consolidation of the postal network ... and will generate projected net annual savings of approximately $2.1 billion,” according to USPS Vice President for Network Operations David Williams.
On Sep. 15, the Postal Service announced it would begin studying 252 out of 487 mail processing facilities for possible closure. The U.S. Postal Service must reduce its operating costs by $20 billion by 2015 in order to return to profitability, according to Williams.
The MPA had lobbied the USPS to get the “critical entry time” concession, according to a statement from the organization: “This is a crucial and hard-fought change, which MPA advocated, from the Postal Service's initial plan to eliminate all overnight delivery service.” However, the MPA also noted that “the overall impact on service remains to be seen, as critical entry times will also be changing, which may present printing and transportation challenges for weekly publications.”
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