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A USPS logo is seen on a mailbox in New York.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, officials say.
John Smith/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images You better get those holiday packages mailed out sooner rather than later: Mail delivery is about to get slower and more expensive.
Beginning Friday , the U.S.
Postal Service will start to “implement new service standards” for first class mail and periodicals — slowing its target delivery time by about 30%, USPS spokesperson Kim Frum told NPR.
Politics The Postal Service Presses Forward With Unpopular Plan To Slow Some Mail Delivery According to Frum, some of the changes will result in increased time for some pieces of mail to go cross-country and other long distances.
However, she tells NPR that 61% of first-class mail and 93% of periodicals will not be affected by these changes.
Single-piece first-class mail (smaller, lightweight mail) traveling in the same region will still have a two-day delivery time, Frum said.First-class packages, however, will be impacted by the new standards starting Friday.
Additionally, beginning Oct.3 and ending on Dec.
26, the postal service will temporarily increase prices on all “commercial and retail domestic packages” due to the holiday season, Frum said.
The price increases will not affect international products.
The changes are part of the Postal Service’s 10-year strategic plan announced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy this past March.
National Widespread Mail Delays As USPS Faces Unprecedented Backlog The plan includes a combination of investments in technology, training and a new fleet of delivery vehicles, which will lead to greater “consistency, reliability, and efficiency” benefiting customers, Frum said.
“The need for the U.S.Postal Service to transform to meet the needs of our customers is long overdue,” DeJoy 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 also driving efficiencies across the Postal Service network,” she said.
Elections Postmaster General Testifies, Says USPS Will Prioritize Mailed Ballots In August, the Postal Service announced its standard for first-class mail delivery was met 83.6% of the time throughout the quarter ending June 30, in comparison to its 88.9% performance during the same period in 2020.
The Postal Service also reported a loss of $3 billion for the quarter ending June 30, compared to the $2.2 billion in the previous year..