McPherson residents may soon find their overnight shipping takes longer to reach its destination than normal.
Starting sometime between April 24 and May 5, the McPherson U.S. Post Office will process all outgoing mail through Wichita instead of Salina.
Mark Kerschen, postmaster, said the change was to help streamline the outgoing process, as well as cut costs.
“(The U.S. postal service) is losing $25 million dollars every day,” he said.
The USPS reported a $15.9 billion dollar loss in the 2012, according to The Associated Press.
Kerschen said any overnight shipping would need to get into the post office before 1:30 p.m. Anything after would go into two-day shipping.
Kerschen said incoming mail would not be affected by the change.
Some local businesses said the change shouldn’t greatly affect their ability to service their customers.
“I don’t think it’ll really affect anything,” said Richard Ragan, manager of Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. “We still try to ship with a two- to three-night buffer anyway.”
“Time-sensitive mail isn’t a major focus,” said Michael Yates, owner of Mattress Haven. “I don’t believe it’ll be a big issue.”
Some said personal mail wouldn’t be greatly affected either.
“It doesn’t really affect me business-wise or personal-wise,” said Casey Stucky, owner of SassyBags.
Local residents didn’t express major concern either.
“I don’t see it being a big deal. I don’t know,” said one resident who didn’t wish to be named.