Mail Delivery Timing

March 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm 5 comments

Your question: How long would it take a standard letter to reach Heiskell, TN from Farmington, MO?

Our answer: This answer comes to us from mailing expert Jerry Snyder of Transcontinental Direct, one of the country’s leading direct mail production facilities.

First Class mail should take between 1-3 days.  Standard Class (Bulk) depends on how big and dense the mail is. Dense means that you are saturating any given area, such as mailing to every single home in a given county. For larger, very dense mailings the mailer would have taken the mail to the local Sectional Center Facility (SCF) or Bulk Mail Center (BMC) and it would take 2 days for trucking and then 3-5 days for the post office.  If it was a very small mailing that was entered into the local TN post office it could take 1-2 weeks.

So, although it’s pretty tough to pinpoint an exact time, hopefully these guidelines will help you estimate delivery times.  The US Postal Service is another great resource for these types of questions:  www.usps.com.

Please let us know if we can answer anything else. Good luck with your mailing!

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ted Grigg  |  June 11, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    In our experience, the timing you state falls in line with reality.

    It is good to mention that the larger lettershops routinely deliver larger mailings directly to the BMC where large blocks of mail deliver more quickly to the clients’ target area.

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  • 2. direct mail  |  April 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Also, when sending standard mail, be leary of how busy the post office is. As a direct mail company, we notice that it takes longer for standard mail during certain times of the year (holidays, Mothers day, tax day, etc.) This is due to the high volume of first class mail, which the USPS is required to process first, before processing standard mail. It could be due to the USPS being short-staffed, especially on holidays, as well.

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