U.S. Postal Service makes service changes, causing growing concern among businesses

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)– The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will be making service changes starting this Friday. Depending on where you live and work, you could see delays in mail delivery, especially if you’re sending it long distance.

However, mail delivered locally should still take two days to arrive.

310 Rosemont’s assistant manager, Claire Flowers, says they have already experienced delays in shipments and, at times, it has impacted popular brands they can receive in store.

“When something is super late, it goes out of season,” said Flowers. “We don’t wanna receive shorts when it’s going into fall or anything like that.”

The delays in mail service are supposed to be more cost-effective and more reliable, but Flowers says this could be impactful on relationships with customers.

“We are like a little family here and our customers know us, and I just feel like we are disappointing them,” added Flowers.

There is also growing concern over delays that could affect the elderly who depend on the USPS for quick delivery of prescription medications.

An even bigger concern for people is this year’s election.

Many people have decided to do mail-in ballots for reasons such as coronavirus-related concerns. Delays could cause issues, especially if you’re not prepared to vote.

The Director of Elections and General Registrar Andrew Cochran reminds anyone sending mail-in ballots to consider the longer delivery times as well.

“I encourage you, when you get that ballot packet, to not sit on it,” said Cochran. “Go ahead and exercise your ballot, and get it returned. You can send it through the mail. You can bring it in in-person.”

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