As U.S. Postal Service leaders plan to bump up revenue after a difficult year customers can expect to see price increases and changes to how it delivers first-class mail.
The strategic plan, which Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is expected to unveil soon, comes after the agency lost $9.2 billion last year because of a decline in mail volume sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Washington Post.
The newspaper reports that USPS is looking to eliminate a tier of first-class mail in which letters, bills and other envelope-sized items can be delivered to local addresses in two days. All first-class correspondence would instead be grouped into a slower, three-to-five-day window, it adds.
Two people familiar with the plan also told The Washington Post that first-class mail would no longer be shipped by plane, as the agency would utilize a network of trucks and distribution depots.
USPS reportedly spent more than $457 million on flying first-class mail in 2020, compared to $314 million shipping mail by truck.
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