The Post Office is at it again!
The USPS has announced that starting May 1st, First-Class Package Service standards will change. This mirrors the changes the USPS did last fall for First-Class Letter mail. By loosening the delivery standards for packages going a further distance, it reduces the USPS dependence on less reliable air freight, and at a lower cost.
Here is the breakdown of the overall impact:
Source: USPS DFA_FCP_Factsheet.pdf
Along with this announcement, the USPS announced that Priority Mail currently transported by ground will now be delivered in the standard delivery window (1-3 days) instead of the 2-4 days, which was an adjustment made in April 2020 due to supply chain COVID issues.
The USPS is making this change as a part of their 10-year plan to reduce costs, and provide reliable delivery.
Here is a visual of what that looks like with mail originating from Matrix (based on First Class Letter delivery)
Mailers are encouraged to add tracking to packages to see how this affects your mailings.
Mailers with time-sensitive shipments should investigate if Priority Mail is right for their projects.