USPS starts this week with a partial slowdown as a cost-cutting measure

The United States Postal Service this week began its planned slowdown in mail delivery across the United States, which postal operators hope will help keep costs down for the notoriously expensive federal agency.

Almost half of all first-class shipments will go from a three-day US delivery guarantee to a five-day guarantee. Locally delivered mail still has a guaranteed two-day delivery period.

Mail delivery “will be slower than it was in the 1970s,” an expert told CBS News.

The move is one of several being taken to avert a loss of $ 160 billion to the agency over the next decade.

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