The United States Postal Service reported new preliminary delivery performance metrics for the fiscal third quarter ending June 30 showing continued service improvements across First-Class Mail, Marketing Mail and Periodicals. For the third quarter, the average time for the Postal Service to deliver a mailpiece or package across the nation was just 2.5 days. FY2022 third quarter service performance scores covering April 1 through June 30 included: *First-Class Mail: 93.5 percent of First-Class Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, an increase of 5.6 percentage points from the fiscal second quarter. *Marketing Mail: 94.7 percent of Marketing Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, an increase of 2.5 percentage points from the fiscal second quarter. *Periodicals: 86.3 percent of Periodicals delivered on time against the USPS service standard, an improvement of 4.8 percentage points from the fiscal second quarter.
Magazine publisher Dotdash Meredith has temporarily stopped sending print editions of People and Better Homes & Gardens to some subscribers, citing a tight paper market.
The New York-based company, which maintains an office campus in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway, sent postcards to some readers this week, telling them they would not receive print editions of the magazines in the coming months. The company has offered those readers free subscriptions to digital editions of the magazines.
A company spokesperson said in an email Friday that Dotdash Meredith stopped some distribution to “a limited number” of People and Better Homes & Gardens subscribers because of a “temporary global paper shortage.” The subscribers involved represent about 7% of the company’s total print subscriber base, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson did not answer a question from the Des Moines Register about whether the impact is concentrated in certain parts of the country.
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