On October 1, the USPS began delaying shipments of first-class mail, including letters, bills, tax documents, and the like. The changes mean that most deliveries that normally took three days now take upwards of five days.
Advocates and researchers who study the postal system continue to worry about the effect the changes will have on rural America. The changes are part of a 10-year plan that is aimed to save the Postal Service millions of dollars.
Christopher W. Shaw, author of “First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat,” said the changes will negatively affect small businesses. Shaw noted with the changes, rent checks may be delayed and invoices go unpaid, thus causing delays for both parties.
“It does have a real impact on people’s lives with payments,” he said.” Or if you’re a small business, that’s pretty dependent on the post office, and that delivery service is not what it used to be, it does have a real impact.”