Will Postal Changes Affect Mail Order Hatcheries?September 22, 2011
We are extremely dependent on the US Postal Service (USPS) to ship our ducklings and goslings throughout the US. For large orders going to customers near an airport, it is cost effective to ship air freight. But for everyone else, the only alternative is the USPS.
The USPS has been losing billions of dollars the past several years due to a variety of factors. Therefore, they are looking at multiple cost saving measures. When new rules are being proposed by the USPS, however, hatcheries start to worry.
2) Closing USPS Distribution Centers Due to the lower volume of mail, the USPS will be closing many of their mail sorting and distribution centers. We don't know how this will affect the speed of your delivery. We mail on Monday and they arrive at your nearest major airport Tuesday afternoon. From there they go through a distribution center and on to your local post office. We trust that our ducklings and goslings will still get to you on time. In fact some of the distribution centers near us have closed. The effect is that on those busy Mondays when we cannot complete our mailing by 4:00pm, we must take our birds 80 miles instead of 15 miles to the nearest distribution center. But this is not a big problem.
3) Changing Standards The USPS has delivery standards (how soon you will get the mailed piece) that they try to meet with all their mail. There has been recent publicity on the ability of the USPS to save $1.5 billion by delivering the mail one day later than now due to savings in overtime and air shipping expenses. This was a major concern to hatcheries as our birds must arrive within about 40 hours of mailing. It would not work if they arrived in 64 hours - one day later. However, the proposal to add a day in delivery standards was not for Priority Mail, which is what we use for day old birds, but for First Class Mail and Periodicals. Each of these will take an additional day if the USPS does change their service standards. The only two classes of mail available to live birds are Priority and Express. Neither of these are scheduled to change.