The USPS recently implemented new standards for First Class mail.
Single piece first class mail traveling within the same region will still have a delivery time of two days.
This affects only letters and flats, not packages. They are apparently still holding the standards the same for First Class Packages (2-3 days). I don’t think those standard are anything close to the reality. In our recent shipping time review, we found that even within the same region we ship from (west coast) still took an average of 3 1/2 days, not the two they claim, and cross country packages took 4-5 days on average.
Price hikes: They’ll be in place until at least Dec 26. And it could cost anywhere from 25 cents to $5 more to ship packages depending on the service. But don’t expect costs to go down much in the New Year: the agency plans to adjust prices twice a year, in January and July.
Since our shipping cost calculator queries the USPS system in real time, orders will reflect any price increase by the USPS.
Over the holiday season, postal performance sank: 71 percent on-time delivery for two-day mail and 38 percent for three-day mail during the last week of December.
Like we said, order items for the holidays very early this year.