You better get those holiday packages mailed out sooner rather than later: Mail delivery is about to get slower and more expensive.
Beginning Friday, the U.S. Postal Service will start to “implement new service standards” for first class mail and periodicals — slowing its target delivery time by about 30%, USPS spokesperson Kim Frum told NPR.
According to Frum, some of the changes will result in increased time for some pieces of mail to go cross-country and other long distances. However, she tells NPR that 61% of first-class mail and 93% of periodicals will not be affected by these changes.