Sending A Letter Amarillo? It’s Gonna Take A Little Longer
Ok, I'll be the first to admit I haven't done anything in letter form for some time, I get my bills in the mail but pay online, and funny enough everytime I try and go paperless it's meaningless, It's one of those feel good checkboxes you click to try and do your part to save the planet but someone on the other end sees it and goes "oh that's nice" The last time I sent something in the mail was wedding invitations and let's say it's been a minute. If you happen to be a fan of the snail mail a big change took effect today. Here's what you need to know about the slowdown.
It's all about costs
Let's face it, over the years the costs of stamps has been going up and there hasnt really been much of a change to go with it. Email, Text and Social media have largely replaced the letter as a personal correspondence medium and the postal service like any government agency has to stay within a budget. but what's really killing them is the higher costs of pensions for retired employees and an ambitious project to modernize it's facitiles and vehicles. Factor that in with declining business and stiff competition from UPS, Fedex and DHL in the package business and you get a pretty bad situation. Much of the mail and packaging that makes it to Amarillo among other places also hitches rides with air carriers that cost money. So how exactly is the post office handling this?
A few more days in transit
Yep. first class delivery was usually 3 days. but to cut costs the postal service is shooting for a 2-5 day transit now. with more dependence on ground transportation like trucks (which there's already a shortage of) they hope to save some money which can be used for other operating costs. The post office is saying that anything mailed from within 3 hours of your location shouldn't be affected, along with your magazines and surprise surprise... bulk mail. My hope is some of the extra savings also goes to the good people who work there as well.
So where are you with the post office? Do you still send letters? or is the post office another thing we add to the obsolete list like the payphone, the penny, printed news and so on.. let us know in the app.
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