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According to a press release from the United States Postal Service, beginning on October 1st, 2021, the USPS is going to start slowing down how some mail is processed and delivered.

You can expect the delay to cause an increase in First Class mail delivery out of state by 1 to 2 days. For packages traveling longer distances it will take at least 2 extra days to arrive and the USPS wants everyone to be prepared especially with the holidays fast approaching.

The USPS says:

"New service standards will allow the Postal Service can entrust its ground network to deliver more First-Class Mail, which will lead to greater consistency, reliability, and efficiency that benefits its customers."

The biggest take away the USPS wants to get across is for customers to plan ahead, and send mail earlier, especially letters and cards that need to arrive for any holidays or birthdays.

In addition to the slow down for delivery. According to the USPS "10-year strategic plan", starting on October 3rd, 2021 through December 26th, 2021 the USPS will increase prices on every "commercial and retail domestic packages" due to the increase in volume during the holiday season.

In the plan, the USPS also cites losses of about three billion dollars per quarter over the past year and hopes are these steps will help return the USPS to profitability....someday, maybe.

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