What’s causing USPS to slow down its delivery time?
USPS will begin implementing its controversial “Delivering for America” plan on Friday, which will cause unprecedented delays on USPS delivery time. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s plan is meant to make the postal service more modern, competitive, and eco-friendly as one aspect will be the new energy-friendly fleet of delivery vehicles that will be rolled out with this plan.
However, the plan will end up delaying some first class mail USPS delivery time as the plan continues to be contested by Democrats who simply see the plan as a way to stall the postal service further, linking it to former president Trump’s anti-mail-in voting rhetoric and the slowed service back in February.
Of course, Democrats are not the only ones annoyed with the new delayed USPS delivery time; many on Twitter have voiced their frustrations over the coming & continued limitations of the Postal Service. We sorted through the threads to find more information and a few reactions on the new delays in USPS delivery time. Grab a stamp as we dive into the new USPS plan.
Delivering for America
The plan was originally proposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during the Trump presidency as a way to revamp the postal service. DeJoy told reporters in a news briefing in March that the plan “takes a holistic view of the organization and is meant to elevate our business, competitiveness and our ability to meet the needs of the nation.”
However, many Democrats saw flaws in the new system, such as Michigan Sen. Gary Peters voicing concerns over those who may rely on the Postal Service for prescription drugs, financial documents and running smaller businesses. DeJoy was brought into congressional hearings about the plan due to that and concerns regarding the election at the time.
In February, DeJoy apologized for the slowing mail during the holiday season. That same month, President Joe Biden nominated three people to the agency’s Board of Governors, a move some lawmakers hoped would eventually lead to DeJoy’s dismissal. However, no word has come from the board on DeJoy’s fate, leaving him as Postmaster General as the new plan gets underway.
According to USPS spokeswoman Kim Frum, we can expect no change to service on 60% of first class mail and most periodicals. Within a local area, single piece first class mail will still be delivered within two days.
However, mail going over longer distances will be delayed in some cases, as the USPS increases its transit time which may affect time sensitive deliveries, such as legal documents.
“These changes would position us to leverage more cost-effective means to transport First-Class packages via ground rather than using costly air transportation, which is also less reliable due to weather, flight traffic, availability constraints, competition for space, and the added hand-offs involved,” Frum said. However, cost-effective delivery does not seem to be swaying those who are already experiencing issues.
@USPS you about to slow down mail and I have yet to receive my mail from last week. Live in the same city and still haven’t received it. What’s the point of informed delivery
— Boochie Crumbs (@viBRAEtor) September 30, 2021
Twitter is already annoyed
Naturally, many people voiced their annoyance at the new plan’s delays, documenting their opinions and experiences with the already slowed down Postal Service. Reactions include:
I’m looking at this and thinking I might need to pivot to UPS or FedEx if it gets bad.
Personally, I plan to keep some extra funds on hand in case I need to switch carriers.
— Y. Sing (@Y_Sing) September 30, 2021
Good idea for small businesses in the wake of this announcement!
A client just received a check I sent dated 7/13, from NJ to the Midwest. Thank you, Louis DeJoy! And that was before the official slowdown of mail goes into effect in a few days. How is this man allowed to run our postal system into the ground? #exasperated, @USPS
— Joelle Delbourgo (@JLDelbourgo) September 30, 2021
Yikes! If it’s already this slow . . . .
snail mail just became 'the evolutionary process mail'…
— CustomerService (@Custome41116625) September 30, 2021
That got a chuckle out of us, we won’t lie!
How can we get rid of Covid when we can't even figure out how to get rid of Dejoy?
— Buddy Winston (@BuddyWinston) September 30, 2021
Asking the deep questions, here.
Dealing with usps is a nightmare. Now it will soon cost more and delivery will slow down.
— Denver (@denversao) September 30, 2021
Aka everyone’s reaction in a nutshell.
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