US snail mail delivery to be slower starting 2012; Postal Service announces cost cutting measures plans

By on Dec 6, 2011 in Economy, Lifestyle, United States Comments

Updated: September 30, 2012 2:10 p.m.

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Snail mail delivery in the US is being expected to be slower starting 2012, with the US Postal Service (USPS) planning to make cost cutting measures to save money in the years to come.

Mails at the USPS distribution center
in Merrifield, Virginia

Image Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

According to US news sites on Monday, December 5, 2011, USPS announced that day their plan to close hundreds of mail processing facilities in the country to save billion of dollars.

As noted in reports, US postal officials are planning to file formal plans with postal regulators on Monday to close about 250 of its 460 mail processing facilities this coming March.

At this moment, first-class mails across the US usually arrive within one day to three days but are being expected to arrive within two days to three days once the cost cutting measures will be implemented.

“The US Postal Service must reduce its operating costs by $20 billion by 2015 in order to return to profitability,” USPS Network Operations Vice President David Williams was quoted at

“The proposed changes to service standards will allow for significant consolidation of the postal network in terms of facilities, processing equipment, vehicles and employee workforce and will generate projected net annual savings of approximately $2.1 billion.” Williams added.

Last September, USPS announced is plans to close at least 3,700 post offices in the coming years and that would mean slower mail delivery. This would also mean losing of jobs of thousands of Americans.

The following month, USPS announced that mail stamps prices will go higher starting January 22, 2012, with US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said it could help increase their revenues.

The US postal agency noted that the projected saving will be up to $3 billion by 2015, and Huffington Post reported that around 100,000 postal employees could lose their jobs.

The US Postal Service, being an independent agency of the government, does not receive tax money, but is subject to congressional control on large aspects of its operations; with the changes in first-class mail delivery to be implemented without asking permission from Congress.

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