USPS Slows Mail Service
Mail delivery slowed down yesterday and it's only expected to get worse. Starting now, the U.S. Postal Service is consolidating up to 82 of its mail processing facilities in an effort to save $2.1 billion this year. As a result, USPS expects a lot of First Class mail and periodicals not to be delivered overnight. Instead, they will arrive in two days, with pieces that normally arrive in two days now taking three. Standard Mail will continue to be delivered in three to 10 days within the contiguous United States and packages within two to eight, according to the Federal Register charts USPS cites in its most frequently asked questions document about this topic (opens as a PDF).
In the end, USPS expects First Class mail delivery to move from an average of 2.14 days to 2.25 days.
"Current estimates indicate approximately 20 percent of the First Class mail volume is expected to be delivered overnight, more than 35 percent is expected to be delivered in two days and about 44 percent delivered in three days," according to the FAQ.
USPS makes another prediction.
"The consolidation of the processing network will not impact the delivery process," according to the FAQ.
As those facilities close and 95 assume the work, USPS is continuing to focus more on its growing areas of revenue—package delivery—vs. its shrinking areas—First Class mail volume.
This is all happening amid seeming chaos—the USPS Board of Governors still doesn't have a quorum, because Congress hasn't yet confirmed nominees; a new postmaster takes the reins on Feb. 1; union negotiations are expected soon; and in October, the USPS Office of Inspector General released a report saying the USPS is leaving its customers in the dark about the service they'll receive due to the consolidations that began yesterday and end in the fall.