Front and Center
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced on Tuesday the 10-year plan for making necessary improvements to the USPS, including making delivery times… longer? Well, at least the post office hours will stay open… shorter?
You heard that right. Beyond their adorable new vehicles which have already hit the streets, the 10-year plan, called Delivering for America, includes a much-needed $40 billion investments in modern package processing equipment and carrier devices, vital upgrades to post offices and uniforms, and implementation of new employee training which will help these overworked carriers from going postal. It will also dial down delivery time expectations for first-class mail from a 3-day standard… to a 5-day standard.
HOW COULD THEY?
I KNOW! Lawmakers are outraged and have already called to oust the PostMaster General for this plan. DeJoy notes in the plan that they have not been able to meet this 3-day standard for the past 8 years, but they expect to meet this 3-day approximately 70% of the time. They will be moving First-Class Mail from air transportation, which is costly, unreliable and carbon emission-heavy, to sustainable ground transportation.
Well, that’s good.
Maybe I <3 my mail carrier too much, but these changes sound necessary to improve the overall health and operations of the USPS in the long run. Not to mention, it shows a further shift towards sustainability in logistics operations, a common theme we’ve seen week after week.
Back of the Packet
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