Mail delivery is about to slow down.
Considering that it’s almost holiday-present-sending season, it’s a good idea to take note that USPS delivery times are potentially going to start taking a little longer.
The USPS reported that about 4 out of 10 pieces of first-class mail will see slower delivery, although they also note that the two-day delivery standard for single-piece first-class mail traveling through a local area will remain the same.
So how much longer are we talking?
Currently, the USPS has a three-day delivery standard for first-class mail. This new plan will loosen that time restraint to “anywhere within the U.S. within five days,” so we’re expecting to receive packages up to two days later than we have in the past. This new slowdown in mail times is part of a 10-year plan to combat a projected $160 billion loss over the next decade.
However, it’s still totally possible that folks will be able to receive packages before the five-day maximum–this new rule is just meant to give the USPS a little more leeway when it comes to delivery times.
For this reason, it’s probably best to start sending bills, checks, or other time-sensitive materials a little earlier just in case it does take an extra day or two for them to arrive.