In order to contend with pandemic-related logistics issues and to contain costs, the US Postal Service announced in October 2021 that First Class Mail delivery would take longer than it has in the past. Historically, First Class Mail took between 1 and 3 days to arrive, depending on how far the letter or parcel had traveled. Now, however, it is going to take as long as 5 days for First Class Mail to arrive, no matter how urgent or sensitive the letter or shipment is! This also applies to some newspaper, magazines, and other publication deliveries. This will have a direct impact on many businesses and their mail processes, as well as other mail service providers.

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  1. Cash flow problems resulting from slow invoice delivery
  2. The longer the distance, the longer the delivery times will be impacted
  3. Next-day delivery will apply only to pre-sorted, local mail from now on
  4. There is a new cutoff time for 2-day mail delivery

To help you understand the changes and how they can impact you, keep reading for our FAQ.

Q: Why is mail slowing down?

A: The way the post office transports mail is changing, so delivery times are changing too. HIstorically, the USPS relied on both air and ground transportation, but in order to contain costs they are switching to ground only for most deliveries of mail and packages. Mail that goes from one coast to the other will be most affected. These changes stem from the 10-year plan from USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Q: How much slower will my mail be delivered?


A: More than half of mail delivery will not be affected by these changes based on statistics about mail delivery and distances. The USPS believes these changes will be cost-effective due to switching from air to ground transportation, which will increase reliability, consistency, and efficiency in their delivery network.

Q: Will these changes affect the cost of sending First Class Mail?

A: There are no direct cost changes associated with these service changes. However, the cost of sending mail has gone up across the board for most mail types. However, the USPS still remains the most affordable way to send mail and packages on average, when compared to private carriers like UPS, FedEx, or DHL.

Q: As a business owner, what can I do about the mail slowdown?

A: Evaluate the type of mail you send and how far you typically send it. If it’s very time sensitive mail that is going long distances, you may need to change the way you send the mail. If it’s not time sensitive and traveling short distances, you may not need to make any changes to your mail process. However, you should consider a mail automation software that can help you send your mail online. This will increase efficiency and make sure your mail gets where it needs to go on time.

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