How Much Slower is the Post Office?
Lots of factors go into results like this, and I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt given the winter of '14-'15. Regardless, the U.S. Postal Service should probably be concerned with recently-released delivery statistics.
Figures from from the USPS show a decline in on-time delivery for first-class mail for the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2014. An independent organization that tests performance found that only 63 percent of first-class mail arrived on time. The rate for the first three months of 2014? 84 percent.
And they are not being too tough, either. For example, they considered a first-class letter from Boston to Washington arriving in three to five days satisfactory. Still, 37 percent of those letters failed to make the grade. Ouch.
The Post Office points to horrible winter weather grounding so many flights and disrupting service in many parts of the country as part of the problem. Well, yeah, okay. We'll give them that one. Here's wishing them a better 2nd-quarter report card. DB