By Mark Trumbull
It may still be called "first class," but under changes proposed Monday the US Postal Service says delivery of stamped mail will become slower.
The good news: The Postal Service expects the moves will add about a day to delivery times, not more, as it cuts the number of big processing facilities roughly in half in a bid to avert financial ruin.
A letter that used to reach its destination the next day might now take two days. Many items that arrived in two days would now take three. The same goes for items like Netflix DVDs, a change likely to frustrate both the company and its customers.
One thing that won't change: The typical delivery within the 48 contiguous states won't be longer than the current standard of three days or less, said Postal Service vice president David Williams in a press conference Monday.