USPS Packages are About to Get Slower & More Expensive

USPS mail is about to get slower and more expensive

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Expect USPS mail delivery and all shipping carrier times to slow down through the holiday season of 2021. Big Boy Bamboo packages sent this holiday season may take longer to deliver, so order early!

From Your USPS mail is about to get slower and more expensive. What to know now:

If you already feel like your mail is taking longer to deliver, you may be in for a bumpy ride with the new delivery changes. The new service standards for first-class mail and packages, which started Oct. 1, lengthen the delivery time for about 30% of its volume. That means that letters, parcels and magazine subscriptions traveling longer distances could take up to five days to arrive, instead of two or three days. 

There was a price increase in August and the Postal Service just temporarily increased the cost to ship a parcel during the holiday season. The current changes are part of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's 10-year Delivering for America plan to overhaul the agency and try to tackle its massive debt. Besides lengthening mail timetables and raising rates, DeJoy's plan, which has generated controversy, also reduces post office hours. 

How to Plan Your 2021 Holiday Purchases from Big Boy Bamboo

A Postal Service representative said that customers can still use Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail services with a one- to three-day standard to ship letters, larger envelopes or packages within the contiguous United States.

However, if you plan to use Big Boy Bamboo's regular first-class mail or package delivery services, the USPS recommends that you plan ahead and order your items early in order for it to reach its destination on time. 

Another option is to compare rates and delivery estimates with competing carriers, like UPS. 

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