Changes are coming to the United States Postal Service Customers have been confused since October 1 about what this means for the future of snail mail. Changes include longer service times for first class mail and magazines, and temporary price increases related to holidays.
Read on for a breakdown of the USPS changes, and how long some of them will last.
Will all USPS mail be affected by the changes?
The USPS classifies First Class mail differently from First Class packages. First class mail includes things like standard letters, birthday cards, and flats. First class packages are usually smaller, lighter packages.
NS new service standards Impress first class mail and magazines. While the USPS states that “most first class mail (61%) and periodic (93%)” will not be affected, the changes will mean longer transit times for mail traveling long distances, particularly from coast to coast. . The delivery time for mail traveling within the same region will still be two days.
That means if you have a birthday card to mail to Grandma on the other side of the country, put it in the mail as soon as possible.
When Is Affected USPS Mail Slow?
Changes begin Friday, October 1 and will affect all mail going forward.
Do I have any other shipping options?
Yes. Customers can still choose to use Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail to ship packages within the contiguous US. Both options are delivered within 1-3 days.
What’s up with the USPS price hike?
Due to anticipated increased holiday demand, shipping through the USPS will temporarily become more expensive starting Monday, October 3, which will last through December 26. This will apply to all domestic packages but will not affect international products.
Are Forever stamps going to get more expensive too?
Yes, but not for a while. According to a September 15 release from the USPS, Forever the price of tickets will increase in July 2022.
Should I Expect Delays in Holiday Mail?
According to USPS spokeswoman Kim Froome, the peak season for the USPS is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
“Every year we urge customers to plan ahead and ship their holiday gifts as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the more limited your options of shipping options become,” Frum said.
During the 2020 holiday season, the USPS delivered more than a billion packages.
A more detailed schedule for holiday shipping deadlines, including deadlines for shipping 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 trouble and has been for some time.
Froome said the plan will “help the organization return to financial stability and achieve service excellence while maintaining universal six-day mail delivery and expanding seven-day package delivery.
“The Postal Service plan will boost cash flow and savings to generate $40 billion in capital investments over the next 10 years, many of which have been long delayed due to the organization’s financial challenges of the past decade.”