“…the postal service is already missing its delivery standards: In October, a month when mail volume is typically lighter than the holiday season, 91% of mail was delivered on time — lower than its goal of delivering 95% on time. And those missed standards already represent the USPS’ new lower delivery guidelines, which went into effect in October and slowed delivery for 4 out of 10 pieces of mail.
“‘I would take whatever the standards are for what you are mailing — it’s now 5 business days coast-to-coast — and I’d add two days onto it,’ said Steidler [Paul Steidler, senior fellow at the Lexington Institute and an expert on the postal service]. ‘It’s important to know that, not only for the holidays but for end-of-year bills.'”
According to the article, the United States Postal Service is switching its priorities from letters to packages, since that is a growing business. Fewer people rely on USPS for letter delivery, since much of that business is now carried out online. Will the day come when the Post Office stops delivering letters completely?