Social media sites such as Nextdoor are periodically peppered with complaints about sluggish mail delivery. Soon it might slow more.
The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a restructuring plan that would delay delivery of first-class mail by as long as two days to parts of the country, The Washington Post reports. For example:
- Current standard – 71% of mail from ZIP code 70130, covering much of New Orleans’ Central Business District and Lower Garden District, is supposed to reach any point in the contiguous 48 states within three days.
- Proposed standard – 24% of mail from 70130 could take four days to reach New England, the Great Lakes region and Rocky Mountain states, and 9% could need five days to arrive at West Coast addresses, according to The Post’s analysis.
Anecdotal evidence suggests mail delivery in southeast Louisiana has been slowing for some time. Last year, the president of the American Postal Workers Union’s New Orleans chapter blamed the slackening on the Postal Service removing five of 14 high-speed mail processing machines at the agency’s Loyola Avenue hub.
The Postal Service says its new proposal will cut its expenses and make transportation scheduling more consistent. Consumer advocates and mailing industry stakeholders “have panned the new initiative,” The Post says.
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