Postal Service changes heading into holiday season include faster sorting, more employees, and higher postage rates

The U.S. Postal Service is running pretty smoothly compared to where things were this time a year ago.

In the Philadelphia region, the mail is largely being sorted and delivered, employees are back to work, and the agency has hired new people and upgraded machinery ahead of the holiday season.

“Right now, we’re in great shape,” said Laurence Love, a 36-year assistant clerk craft director at the Philadelphia Processing and Delivery Center. “More people are working, and we’re getting less mail.”

But more changes are here. As part of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year strategic plan, which aims to cut the agency’s losses, raise revenue, and process and deliver more packages, the delivery of first-class mail traveling long distances is slowing down, and postage rates are increasing.


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