Sweeping Changes Coming to USPS Starting August 1st

Bryan Dijkhuizen

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is a vital government agency responsible for postal services in the United States.

With a vast network of post offices, processing facilities, and transportation infrastructure, USPS handles the delivery of mail and packages to every corner of America.

USPS, 2023

The USPS has just revealed its plans for upcoming changes, set to take effect starting August 1.

Let's dive into it.

In a recent document published by the Federal Register, it has been reported that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is making changes to the refund policy for Priority Mail Express packages.

Typically, these packages come with a flat-rate fee and a promise of next-day to two-day delivery, along with a money-back guarantee.

"The Postal Service has determined that operationally we cannot meet the service commitments for Priority Mail Express expected by customers for Alaska and Hawaii," the document reads. "As a result, the Postal Service is discontinuing postage refunds for guaranteed service for Priority Mail Express pieces destined to or originating from Alaska or Hawaii."

In more positive news, the USPS is introducing several new stamp offerings.

The agency recently unveiled the Life Magnified Forever stamps, which celebrate the intricate wonders of the microscopic world. These stamps, described as captivating and otherworldly by the Postal Service, will be released on August 10th.

Additionally, the USPS announced the upcoming debut of the Thinking of You Forever stamp series on August 11th. This collection aims to convey heartfelt messages and promote connection through thoughtful gestures.

Both of these stamp releases demonstrate the USPS's commitment to artistic expression and cultivating meaningful connections.

With these new additions, individuals will have more options to express their sentiments and appreciate the beauty found in the microscopic realm.

As the USPS says, "In good times and bad, checking in on friends and family provides an important connection. A feel-good, handwritten message, no matter the length, can boost spirits and bring relationships closer, despite miles of distance."

If you're interested in creating change yourself, consider tuning in to the USPS Board of Governors meeting on Aug. 8.

The meeting will take place at the Postal Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., as mentioned in the press release on July 24.

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