Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service announced today
that, because of its plans to dramatically cut the number of its service centers, next-day delivery of first-class mail will be eliminated.
The USPS plans to close about 300 of its existing 500 service centers as it works to eliminate $20 billion in operational expenditures by 2015. Because that would increase the distance mail travels, first-class delivery standards would be revised to two-to-three days, instead of the current one-to-three days.
While commercial mailers usually use standard mail or shipping services for dimensional mailings, first-class mail is often used for high-visibility direct-mail campaigns to key decision-makers.