PDN to switch to mail to make deliveries more reliable

The Peninsula Daily News will be delivered to every subscriber every publication day starting at the end of the month.

It will be by mail.

Beginning with the March 28 edition, subscribers will receive their newspaper in their mailboxes, whatever time of day that arrives for them. Subscribers with the PDN’s sister paper, the Sequim Gazette, also will see delivery switch to mail that week.

“We believe this partnership with the U.S. Postal Service is a win-win,” said Terry Ward, publisher of the PDN, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum.

”It promises to be better for our readers in that delivery should become more consistent, especially as we streamline our processes to ensure same-day delivery. ”

Same-day delivery will be ensured using a process called Exceptional Dispatch through the U.S.Postal Service.

The postal service allows an exception to timely entry requirements for time-sensitive periodical mailings deposited at origin post offices after business hours (late night or early morning), commonly referred to as overnight drops.

Subscribers can access our news earlier in the day through the PDN website at peninsuladailynews.com and the Sequim Gazette website at sequimgazette.com. Subscribers also can download the Peninsula Daily News app through the Apple App Store or Google’s Play Store.

Access to the digital version of the newspapers is available for all print subscribers for no extra cost. Those who have not yet set up their username and password can email our circulation department at circulation@peninsuladailynews.com for assistance.

That’s not the only change coming up.

To accommodate mail delivery, since the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t deliver on Sunday, the PDN will move its present Sunday edition to Saturday.

Over the past year, it’s become increasingly difficult to fill newspaper carrier positions on the North Olympic Peninsula. It was never easy to fill those contracted positions because of the late hours, remote areas some of them cover, and the sometimes unwelcoming weather, but the pandemic made it even harder.

Being short newspaper carriers has resulted in less-than-reliable delivery on an increasing basis.

For that, we apologize.

We’ve heard your concerns.

We want every single reader to receive their newspaper dry and on time.

Last week we notified our carriers of this change, and most were very understanding.

Being a carrier is a hard job, and we are grateful to those who have taken on the challenge over the years. They will forever hold a place in newspaper history. .

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