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Postal Service Plans to Slow Down 1st Class Deliveries

Declining mail volume and cash shortfall are forcing changes



    The U.S. Postal Service will no longer promise quick first-class deliveries, beginning in April when it closes a number of mail processing centers. (Published Monday, Dec. 5, 2011)

    Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night can slow down mail deliveries. For that, it takes a budget crisis.

    The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday it will be closing 252 mail processing centers and no longer be aiming to deliver first-class mail within 24 hours.

    The change is part of a $3 billion service reduction the agency will be instituting in the spring aimed at averting bankruptcy.

    First-class mail has long been the bread and butter for the USPS, covering 40 percent of its expenses.

    But the reality is the volume of first-class mail has been declining for a decade as more people use email or computer bill-pay services.

    The plan will lead to the elimination of roughly 28,000 jobs nationwide.

    The cost of mailing a first-class letter goes up a penny to 45 cents on Jan. 22. 

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