(blackmediaSCOOP) Uh oh! Get ready to wait an extra day for your Christmas gift.
As part of its plan to save $3 billion, the US Postal Service will be closing roughly half of its 500 mail processing centers as soon as next March.
The move could bring new meaning to the term “snail mail”. The plan will make next-day delivery of first-class mail a thing of the past, and deal a serious blow to things like time-sensitive magazines, mail-order prescription drugs, and Netflix.
Currently, about 42% of first-class mail is now delivered the following day; after the cuts, about 51% of it will arrive on day two. The USPS will also be increasing stamp prices by 1 cent, closing 3,700 local post offices, and laying off as many as 100,000 workers.