Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Slow USPS mail service starting Friday as part of cost-cutting plan

30 September (WNN) — Postmaster General’s new plan to cut costs and save money will see some delay in mail service at post offices across the country from Friday.

Postmaster General Louis Dejoy announced a 10-year plan in the spring, outlining new investments in technology, training and a fleet of delivery vehicles.

The USPS will implement new service standards on Friday, which could lead to longer transit times for some long-distance first-class mail and first-class packages.

Shorter post office hours will also affect delivery times under the new scheme.

USPS spokeswoman Kim Froome told NPR that the changes are not expected to affect more than 90% of on-time and 60% of first-class mail.

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Between October 3 and December 26, postal service charges for commercial and retail packages will also increase during the holiday season.

The USPS reported a loss of $3 billion in the second quarter of 2021.

DeJoy, Postmaster General since June 2020, has been criticized since taking office for being a donor to former President Donald Trump and is being investigated by the FBI for an alleged campaign finance scheme in which he is accused of donating to Republican candidates. There have been allegations of pressure on employees. He was the head of North Carolina-based New Breed Logistics.

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