Journal plans rural mail delivery, Saturday switch
Published: Monday, January 14, 2008 11:42 PM CST
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Pam McDowell/publisher@ MacombJournal.com
To our readers:
In an effort to better serve our customers, The Macomb Journal is making some changes.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Journal will begin delivering newspapers to our rural readers through the U.S. Postal Service. In the past, motor route carriers have driven county roads to deliver the daily newspaper. Several of our motor route drivers now will be dropping off papers at area post offices early every morning to ensure prompt delivery by your rural carrier - the same day. By using the Postal Service, we hope to provide dependable service six days a week.
Subscribers still will receive the Journal on the same day it is printed. There will be no delay in delivery. All papers will be dropped off at local post office locations early each morning, thus guaranteeing same-day delivery per post office regulations. In addition, you will not have to check both your newspaper box and your mailbox each day. Your paper will be delivered with your mail.
This method will save you time and trouble when you are planning to go out of town. No longer will you have to notify both the post office and the Journal in order to temporarily hold your deliveries. The post office can take care of everything while you are away.
In light of changing our delivery method and the fact that post offices are closed on Sunday, we will transform our Sunday newspaper into a new weekend edition that will be delivered on Saturdays, beginning Jan. 26. This new Saturday edition will allow our readers to get a jump on their weekend activities with a newly formatted front page offering readers activities they can take part in through the weekend. You also will be able to see our advertisers' supplements that much earlier.
The Macomb Journal has the greatest respect for our subscribers and makes every effort to provide the best customer service possible. These changes are being made with interest of the customer being considered above all else. Subscription rates will not change.
While we launch rural postal delivery of the Journal, door-to-door carrier delivery will continue in the cities of Macomb, Bushnell, Colchester and Table Grove.
We look forward to serving our customers with our new weekend edition of your Macomb Journal.